It was a quiet, pretty routine week for me last week so I’m clutching at straws a bit here for my something new… sure, the show itself was new to me, but the entire outing was doing what we’ve done a few times now – attend a performance at The Dubai Opera.
However, the show was by no means mundane, boring or routine.
It was fantastic!
The show is basically the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – how they came to be and their up’s and down’s of ‘stardom’, and it’s all presented with some absolutely amazing talent on stage. They had me bouncing around in my seat, singing along, clapping and ‘dancing’ as much as one can while seated 😉
The highlight for me was definitely ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’… which I can’t help but think of ’10 Things I hate about you’ whenever I hear the song 🙂
And here’s the original 🙂
Months ago when I was over at a friend’s house having dinner, we happened across an advert for Johnny Clegg performing at the Dubai Opera in September. We were 3 South African girls sitting there at dinner and immediately decided that this was something we had to do and so went online and booked tickets right there and then.
Fast forward 3+ months and the day finally arrives. Johnny Clegg performing his Final Journey tour at the Dubai Opera 🙂
The tour was put together as a way for him to travel and say ‘goodbye’ to his fans all over the world; he was diagnosed with cancer approximately 2 years ago 😥
I have been to countless concerts and performances in my lifetime but I have never, NEVER been to a concert that stirs emotion in me like this one did. The constant fighting back of tears as he told us his stories, performed songs that brought back so many memories, and the longing to be back home… well, needless to say that the 3 of us walked out of there, ready to go home and pack our bags and head HOME.
Wherever you are in the world reading this, if the concert is still coming to your town, I absolutely urge you to get tickets and go watch it – especially if you are South African!
I won’t spoil it by telling you anything about the concert, but here are a few photos and some videos that I took on the night ❤
Fountains outside the opera
This week’s something new was a whole bunch of somethings new all thrown in together on one night – I attended the Dubai International Jazzfest for the first time, and I got to watch 3 bands perform that I have never seen live before: Post Modern Jukebox, James and Toto 🙂 (Unfortunately I didn’t think to take my DSLR with me, so please forgive the poor quality photos taken on my little point ‘n click 😉 )
Probably about a year or so ago, JP discovered Post Modern Jukebox and introduced them to me, and we both loved them immediately. They take well-known songs and give them a jazzy, 1920’s feel. Our favourite is possibly “Blurred Lines” but so many of their songs are simply amazing!
Post Modern Jukebox
On the night they performed songs such as Bad Romance – Lady Gaga; Sweet Child of Mine – Guns ‘n Roses; All about that Bass – Meghan Trainor; Sorry – Justin Bieber; and My heart will go on – Celine Dion.
Our next performer was James. As far as I was concerned, I had never heard of James before, but my friend Al gave me two examples of songs that I would know (which I did), so I was then even more surprised when he came on stage and I ended up knowing more than half of his playlist!
He was an…. interesting performer. Not quite sure what genre to put his music into, but he was hugely popular with the crowd, especially when he joined them in the fan pit in front… and then climbed over the barrier to join the rest of us plebs at the back!
In the crowd
The night was eventually finished off with Toto – another band that I was surprised at how many of their songs I actually know! Unfortunately we didn’t stay for the full set because it was a week night, and they only came on stage at 10:45pm, so we up and left at about 11:30pm… we had full intentions of staying for “Africa” but it was going to be much too late of a night then. Hopefully there’ll be another time that I get to see them perform it 😦
Loving Gandolph 🙂