The show features two of the most incredibly talented musicians I have heard in a very long time; Rupert Guenther, a Perth-based International concert violinist and composer, whose passion truly shines through in his singing and South African born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Valanga Khoza, who displays an incredible array of singing styles, including the difficult to learn art of throat singing. They each play an array of incredible musical arrangements and songs and when they come together to improvise on stage, they create pure magic, some of which is so unique that each performance is different from the last, in the best way possible.
It had been 30 years since Rupert and Valanga last played music together, but to hear them perform, you can barely believe it. They just gel together beautifully, not only on a musical level but also in friendship, which really shows during their wonderful onstage banter.
Rupert Guenther - Photo by Hank Kordas
Be prepared to hear a stunning blend of classical, jazz, blues, folk and world music, including new and traditional South African compositions and songs played in a way you may have never heard before.
Songs of the Future is more of a journey you experience, rather than just a regular concert, as its stars share prominent stories from their lives and relate them back to the music being played. As well as sending out their message that at the end of the day, we all just want to get along with each other and share in our hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow.
This is also a great show for children who have a keen interest in music, especially as Valanga has a lot of experience with performing at schools across the country. He has a wonderful way with children, even interacting with them during his performances, making it even more of a special experience for them. He has also published a beautiful children's book called Gezani and the Tricky Baboon and is set to publish two more books later this year.
The one and only Valanga Khoza
I absolutely loved every moment of this show and highly recommend it for anyone looking to broaden their horizons, listen to exquisite music, or just do something a bit different. Don't forget to bring some extra cash with you on the night as Rupert has a range of CDs available for purchase. Unfortunately he and Valanga don't currently have any recordings together, however, they have plans of collaborating on some soon and I for one am very excited to be able to purchase a CD of them performing together in the not too distant future.