Thandi Andrieas's commanding voice earned her rapturous applause on Saturday at the Garden Route Gospel Jazz Experience. In the background are the band members of Fantastic 5 who gave a well-rehearsed performance. On the right is Hanley-Marc Jumat.
GEORGE NEWS - Loud, enthusiastic applause greeted the first Garden Route Gospel Jazz Experience held on Saturday night at the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre as the evening began with ultra-cool instrumentals from the local band Fantastic 5.
The event was well-attended by local clergymen and their wives, and the warmth with which artists were welcomed dispelled the frosty winter chills. Fantastic 5, whose members are from Rosemoor and Parkdene, and their lead singer Thandi Andrieas were suave and melodious in their performance.
Andrieas sang You love me with great feeling. The energetic performance of AFM Church Pastor Allen Spies and his wife Rene deserved the rapturous applause they received for the song Beauty for Ashes.
Baronique Paulse (We fall down) looked stunning in black velvet, and a smooth performance was given by Danver Mouton and Frank Williams. The evening ended on a high note with Revelation and Hallelujah Praise.
The full roundness of the vocals was achieved with backing vocalists Gideon and Elsabe Lottering. Instrumentals included Hanley-Marc Jumat (lead guitarist), Rico Muller (keyboard), Jumario Soppie Thyse (bass guitarist), Afredo Lewis (drums) and guest drummer Alfonso Julius.
The George Municipality's Deputy Mayor Daniel Maritz also attended and expressed the hope that the Garden Route Gospel Jazz Experience would become an annual event blessed with the support of all talented musicians and singers.
Esra Isaacs, of artist management group Jazz and More and the event's organiser, said he was extremely humbled by the good turnout, and that as music producer newly arrived from Johannesburg he hopes to make the Gospel Jazz Experience an annual event.