Mango Groove 30th Anniversary Concerts: Everything you need to know

Mango Groove and Real Concerts are delighted to announce that Mango Groove will be performing two 30th Anniversary Concerts at the Teatro Theatre at Montecasino on the 8th and 9th of March 2019.

In the words of Mango Groove’s lead vocalist, Claire Johnston:

“2019 is a big year for us as we will be celebrating the 30th  anniversary of the release of our very first album, Mango Groove. With this in mind, it seemed right to us that we put on a high production concert that showcases the highlights, memories and moments of that album, as well as performing all the other Mango songs that people have come to know and love through years.”

Mango Groove

The Mango Groove album, in fact, went on to become one of SA’s biggest-selling albums of all time (well over 25-times Platinum). The album produced a string of hits that to this day remain part of the soundtrack of South Africa’s journey over the last three decades including ‘Special Star’, ‘Dance Some More’, ‘Hellfire’, ‘Move Up’, and many more. That first album release created the platform for what was to become a meteoric rise to fame for Mango Groove.

The album paved the way for a host of achievements that set new precedents and records that still stand today.

  • The band set new live performance benchmarks for all SA artists, being the only SA group ever to sell out the Sun City Superbowl and the Standard Bank Arena six times each.
  • Mango Groove were the first act to redefine live staging and production standards for South African acts. They were the first act to command a million rand sponsorship deal and and the first and only group to remain at the top of the SA national sales charts for over a year.

Internationally, Mango Groove’s unique and magical blend of South African marabi, kwela and pop influences, together with the voice and presence of Claire Johnston went on to captivate audiences around the world.

Highlights of their career include:

  • A direct satellite link-up to the Freddie Mercury tribute in London (to an estimated audience of 1 billion people).
  • Their performance in front of 200,000 people at the Paris “SOS Racism” concert.
  • Their performance at the renowned Montreux Jazz festival where the band received 3 encores. 
  • Mango Groove was given the honour of being the only South African (indeed African) act to be invited to perform at the ‘Celebrate Hong Kong ‘97’Reunification Concert.

Mango Groove was also especially proud to have been associated with the ABC world- wide broadcast of Nelson Mandela’s release where their music was used as the main theme. A few years later they headlined at his inauguration.

Mango Groove @ Oppikoppi 2013

The band has long been aware of music’s unique power to change people’s hearts and minds, and through the years the band has raised hundreds of thousands of Rands for issues such as literacy, terminally ill children and conservation.

In founder member John Leyden’s words:

In terms of finding the ideal partner for what is truly a very special event for us, working with Real Concerts again made perfect sense... Serendipity at its best! It was this very partnership that properly launched Mango Groove on a grand scale to SA markets in 1989, and it was a partnership that then powered its way through the host of precedent-setting achievements in the years that followed.”

What can we expect from the show itself then? Roddy Quin of Real Concerts gives more info:

Yes, the show will be a veritable memory-fest, and it will truly be a joyful celebration of all the Mango songs we have come to love through the years: All of this backed up, of course, with the best possible live production, dancing and performance standards.

As importantly, though, it will be a celebration of South African-ness in all its glorious diversity: who we were, our transition, the great ongoing South African journey, who we are today, and what is still so possible for us as a country. This show really will move you in so many different ways.”

Mike Page, GM of Montecasino says:

Montecasino and the Teatro are thrilled to be hosting such a momentous concert, marking Mango Groove’s 30 amazing years of enchanting South Africans and indeed the world with their very special sound.

Montecasino is all about delivering memorable experiences to every visitor – and this event will fit that bill perfectly. We look forward to welcoming the band and the heart-warming and joyful celebration of one of country’s favourite sounds.”

So to recap: Mango Groove’s 30th Anniversary Concerts are happening at The Teatro, Montecasino in Fourways on on the 8th and 9th of March 2019. Tickets are now available from R300 at Computicket.

Watch this space for updates in the Music category on Running Wolf’s Rant.

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Henno Kruger

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