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We chat to Mango Groove founding member John Leyden ahead of their London show

2015-03-05 18:00

Cape Town – Ahead of their first show in London in 20 years, we had the opportunity to ask Mango Groove founding member John Leyden a few questions.

Mango Groove will be bringing its outstanding live show to London for one night only at the Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday 7 March to celebrate the launch of the Wilderness Foundation Global, Africa’s first ever global conservation NGO.

Tell us about the first time that Mango Groove played at Hammersmith Apollo 22 years ago...

Wow! Amazing memories...a very noisy, celebratory crowd and a huge SA party. An electric sense of our country's imminent and momentous change and transition was also in the air. Very moving indeed...

How many of the original members of the group will be returning to the stage for the 7 March show?

Well, we've lost a couple of members through the years (inevitable in a 30 year career, I guess), but it's amazing how much continuity is still in the line-up. Many familiar faces, and the good old 11 piece party on stage.

What do you think will be different from the show 20 years ago?

Truth be told, the band is a much stronger live unit now...so comfortable with the concert experience, more fun on stage, and much more of a relaxed self-confidence in the line-up. Also, and perhaps above all, the songs are so familiar now after so many years! We are also so lucky in that so many of the Mango songs have carried over to younger generations, and that brings a huge additional energy to the shows.

Tell us a little more about why Mango Groove supports the Wilderness Foundation Global?

An association that goes back a long way, an incredibly passionate and hard-working group of people, an ethos that is so redemptive and so close to our hearts, and truly something massive to support and celebrate: The launch of Africa's first ever global conservation NGO, the protection of Africa's astonishing environmental resources for future generations, and in a more philosophical note, re-establishing and reinforcing our fundamental and vital connectedness to this earth and all its creatures (ourselves included).

Some exciting opening acts: Matthew Mole, Kinky Robot and The Soil. How did Mango decide on inviting these artists?

Very special guests indeed: Incredibly original and strongly South African artists, young, and with huge futures ahead of them. A joy to be sharing the stage with them, and it makes for an event that is just a big SA party!

Show details:

Mango Groove Live in Concert at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London
Special Guests:  The Soil, Matthew Mole and Kinky Robot
Saturday 7 March 2015
Time: 19:00
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(Photos: Supplied)

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