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Emmanuel Castis - South of Nowhere

2009-01-29 06:07
South of Nowhere
The hunky star from TV soapies like Isidingo and Erfsondes, and the fourth winner of Strictly Come Dancing has produced an album that celebrates his fondness for jazz and blues. Pity then, that while Castis can sing, his voice doesn't quite have the resonance of one of those classy old school crooners. While some listeners may enjoy a jazzy cover of the Crowded House tune "Fall at your feet", his attempt ends up much less stirring than the original, and doesn't warrant any comparisons to Michael Bublé.

However, when Castis does not dabble in jazz, his mellow pop tunes are far more effortless. It is also obvious that he is serious about the undertaking, hiring established artists like jazz musician Sasha Sonnbichler, alt. country muso Jim Neversink, songwriter Ed Jordan and blues rock legend Piet Botha as session men on the album. And as if actor, dancer and singer weren't enough, Castis also wants to add lyricist to his CV. According to the liner notes he co-wrote three of the songs including "My Home Town" which goes, "unless you look like Paris Hilton and you drive like a million bucks, you might as well get the hell out of town and work harder on your looks". I guess you can't have it all.

We all know he's a good actor and talented dancer, but now Emmanuel Castis wants to show South Africans he can sing too.

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