Big Concerts take great pleasure in announcing that the legendary Eddy Grant will embark on a nationwide South African tour in February 2009, with stops in Sun City, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
Since “Blackskin, Blue Eyed Boys” through “Living on the Frontline”, Eddy Grant has been recognised as a vociferous promoter, through socio-political commentary, of the culture and achievements of contemporary black people. Eddy’s meticulous method of recording is to a great degree responsible for his reputation – he has played every single instrument, sung every vocal part and produced every track on all of his solo albums – a time consuming and little known fact, which only a man of his committed vision could so painstakingly ensue.
Born in Guyana in 1948, Eddy was exposed during his childhood to the distinctive sounds of African and Indian music which is a part of Guyana’s rich musical landscape along with the music of the surrounding countries such as Suriname and in particular Trinidad and Tobago.
Commercially, the first half of the 1980’s was enormously successful for Eddy Grant; in less than four years he enjoyed eight major international hit singles, including the US No.1 – “Electric Avenue”, “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Romancing the Stone”. By that time he had established his own label, Ice Records, with which he astutely avoided the pitfalls of many long since formed, failed and forgotten independent labels, by occasionally tapping into the distribution muscle of the major companies without ever losing control of either his music, or his destiny.
Eddy Grant has always maintained a strong political voice with his songs “War Party”, and the unforgettable South African unofficial anthem “Gimme Me Hope Jo’anna” (that stood for Johannesburg). Now he is on his way to the country he so fiercely supported to showcase his greatest hits and a brand of music he calls “Ringbang”.
Date: Saturday, 28th of February 2009
Venue: Sun City, Superbowl
Tickets are available from Computicket.
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