31 Oct 2017
Get to know the stars of the #UnisonCelebration
To mark a new era in entertainment in Pretoria, we’re celebrating South Africa and honouring local talent. For one night only on 4 November 2017 at Sun International’s Time Square, we’re bringing the biggest names in South African entertainment to the stage at the Sun Arena for the Unison Celebration Concert!
Some of the local stars taking the stage at Menlyn Maine include Lira, Mi Casa, Karen Zoid,
PJ Powers, Zonke, Claire Johnston and more! The once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experience in Pretoria will also include choir performances, flash mobs and a spectacular light show. And to top off the event, the Unison Celebration Concert at Time Square will see iconic songstress, Miriam Makeba, inducted into the South African Hall of Fame.
Here’s everything you need to know about the artists performing at the Unison Celebration Concert in Pretoria:
Durbanite PJ Powers is best known for her UK chart hit World in Union, which she performed live at the opening ceremony of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, but the chart-topping singer has an incredible 15 albums to her name. In 1988 she was banned from South African radio and TV stations by the apartheid government, but this didn’t stop her from singing and, in the 1990s, she earned the nickname ‘Thandeka’ which means, ‘the loved one’. Nelson Mandela even penned her an encouraging letter from his cell at Victor Verster Prison. We can’t wait to welcome her to Menlyn Maine for the Unison Celebration Concert at Time Square.
Having grown up listening to Miriam Makeba, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, it’s no surprise that Lira would become the award-winning songstress she is today. With seven albums to date and smash-hit singles such as All My Love, Feel Good and Rise Again, we’re looking forward to singing along with her at the Unison Celebration Concert at Time Square.
As South Africa’s original ‘Queen of Rock’, the host of television series Republiek van Zoid Afrika and a judge on The Voice SA, Karen Zoid knows how to rock a crowd. From the moment she landed her single Afrikaners is Plesierig in 2001, we’ve counted ourselves proud members of the ‘Zoid Generation’.
Born and raised in Cape Town, Jimmy Nevis wrote his first hit single, Elephant Shoes, in 2012. Taking the song to as many radio stations as he could, it wasn’t long until everyone caught on and recognised his talent. Did you know? Nevis performed and collaborated with Mi Casa on their hit Feel the Love. Will he join the trio on stage at the Unison Celebration Concert at Time Square? You’ll have to be there to find out!
Nur Abrahams started singing professionally at the age of six and has been performing ever since. Over the course of his career, he’s shared the stage with some incredible talents, including the late Zayn Adam and Percy Sledge. We can’t wait to welcome him to Sun International’s Time Square in November!
Best known as the frontwoman of Mango Groove, Claire Johnston has recorded six studio albums with the band, toured extensively, and released two solo albums. She has come to be recognised as a symbol of the Rainbow Nation and we can’t wait for her to bring her famous flair to the stage at the Unison Celebration Concert in Pretoria!
One of Mzansi's hottest music sensations, Lady Zamar has featured on hits such as Pitori, Mamelodi, Dark Shadows, Love is Blind and Charlotte. With parents from two different cultures, she used her experiences growing up to add a different dimension to her music, which is winning over audiences across the continent.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Yvonne Chaka Chaka, nicknamed the ‘Princess of Africa’, is an internationally known and respected South African singer and songwriter. With songs like Thank You Mister DJ, I Cry for Freedom, I'm Burning Up and Umqombothi, she has shared the stage with Bono, Annie Lennox, Youssou N’Dour, the legendary band Queen, Angelique Kidjo, as well as South African musicians Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, to name a few. She has also performed for world leaders such as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, former US president Bill Clinton, and our former president Thabo Mbeki. The ‘Princess of Africa’ has also made a name for herself as an entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. She’ll be performing for us at the Unison Celebration Concert at Sun International’s Time Square!
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
Another South African legend, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse will be on stage at Time Square for the biggest entertainment event in Pretoria. Mabuse has carved a career for himself in American-style funk, soul, and pop music, sung in Zulu and Sotho, as well as English. He has also recorded and produced for Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo. Did you know? Mabuse dropped out of school as a youngster but returned to secondary school at the age of 60, completing matric in 2012. President Jacob Zuma praised him for giving "inspiration to all of us by showing us that one is never too old for education".
Want to be part of the Unison Celebration Concert at Time Square?
The Unison concert is a one-night-only concert that celebrates South Africa’s diverse entertainment talents; a chance to cross musical genres, transcend cultural boundaries and unite in the spirit of ubuntu. It’s all about honouring local talent and celebrating South Africa’s unique heritage.
Sun International’s Time Square will be giving 8 500 tickets to local media in the region for their listeners and readers to win. To secure your exclusive invite, you need to stay tuned to your local radio station and news outlets for details on how to win your spot at this once-in-a-lifetime entertainment event in Pretoria.
We hope to see you there! #UnisonCelebration