Week 38 – Johnny Clegg, The Final Journey

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 ❤

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Week 8 – A musical affair

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

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!

James

James

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

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 😦

Toto

Toto

Loving Gandolph :)

Loving Gandolph 🙂

The crowd!

The crowd!

# 48 – Enrique Iglesias in Abu Dhabi

It was Grand Prix weekend this past weekend, and while that’s certainly not something new for me (I’ve been every year since Abu Dhabi’s inauguration year in 2009, except for 2014), attending Enrique Iglesias post-race concert definitely was new.

I’m not a huge fan of the man, but most of his songs are enjoyable enough to listen to and they’re easy enough to learn the words so that when they’re on you can sing along to. I even have a few of his songs on my running playlist 🙂

So, when he was announced as being one of the post-race concerts I was quite eager to be able to see him perform live without having to purchase a ticket specifically for his concert… and boy am I glad that I get to say that I’ve now seen him live!

He’s not a performer in the ways of say, Britney Spears, Madonna, or even Robbie Williams, but he is entertaining (and super delicious to look at!) and of course you get caught up in the music because the songs are so easy to sing.

He loves getting the crowd involved in everything, and during one point of the concert he made an appearance in the middle of the crowd, out where the plebs stand (you’ll see this in the ‘Hero’ video below).

Thanks Enrique for a fabulous night out!