We talk to Whitney Houston Tribute Show star Belinda Davids
Belinda Davids (Photo: Supplied)
Cape Town For the single mom from Port Elizabeth, starring in The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show is the culmination of a life-long connection with the superstar to whom she pays homage.
The show is set to return to Artscape Opera House this June in The Mother City for a four-week run of shows at the Artscape Theatre Centre.
Launching just over three years ago and leaving hype in its wake ever since, the production has already achieved great successes, opening with a sold-out six week season in Johannesburg 2013 and going on to perform to over 80,000 people so far across the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Dubai and North America.
Starring the breathtaking voice of Belinda Davids live on stage with a seven-piece live band, dancers and theatrical effects, the show is both a brilliant tribute to one of music's most loved-icons and a spectacular concert experience in its own right.
Tickets for this spectacular show can also be purchased via Computicket or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and range between R190 and R390 each. Show runs from Wednesday 21, June to Sunday 16, July.
Do you remember hearing your first Whitney Houston song?
I remember doing my Whitney song when my primary school teacher in Port Elizabeth, Mr Schuster, told me to learn the lyrics to The Greatest Love of All. It was at Alpha Primary in the canteen and I learnt how to sing it, for a school concert. And then I heard her sing Hold Me with Teddy Pendagrass. And I knew that's what I was going to sound like for the rest of my life.
When did you start singing?
I clearly remember being able to sing since 5 and professionally it started when I was 14.
What made you fall in love with her music?
I grew up singing in church and when I heard her the first time I loved that her voice was so pure and clean and crisp and clear and gospel.
When did you first perform a Whitney song? And what was the feedback?
I sang the The Greatest Love of All at my primary school concert and it was very special. and the response was very special.
What can people expect from The Greatest Love of All Tour?
We have a great live band, four amazing dancers, five great costumes that resembles Whitney style as well as great lighting effects. We will be doing her greatest hits from the time she started right up until the end, and of course, Whitney will be there at the show.
What goes into your wardrobe and makeup to achieve that Whitney look?
Not much I guess. I'm lucky in the sense that I look a bit like her. So I really just use her colours in make up and of course the costume resemble her onstage style.
How does it feel to be able to pay homage to one of the world's biggest stars?
She was the world's biggest star and also my idol. There was only ever one person that was called "The Voice" and to be able to still sing somewhat like her is surreal. It can be overwhelming sometimes and its what I have been practicing for, for 25 years. And so its an absolute honour to remind people of how absolutely great she was.
Here's a teaser of what to expect from the show: