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Golden Oldies — The High Point Of A 30-Year Legacy At Kirstenbosch

On 5 February, the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, look forward to welcoming Terry Fortune’s gilded musical collective, Golden Oldies, to the stage.

Over the past three decades, the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts have become a much-loved tradition in Cape Town. Set in the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the open-air music series brings people together from all over the world and provides a platform for local emerging and established artists to perform for a diverse audience.

The Golden Oldies music collective will include South African music legends: Terry Fortune, Madeegha Anders, Leslie Kleinsmith, Vernon Castle, PJ Powers, Lorraine Klaasen, Sophia Foster, the Darryl Andrew’s Show Band, and local entertainers Emo Adams and Loukmaan Adams as the masters of ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.

Kirstenbosch — Where Musician’s Dreams Come True
It is often a full-circle moment for many artists who perform at the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts; when they are on stage, overcome with a sense of nostalgia, and thinking back to moments they were in the concert crowd of a local artist who inspired them.

“It’s always been close to my heart to see local South African artists perform at Kirstenbosch. Now more than ever, the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts is fulfilling its dream with a diverse lineup of local and international talent,” said Werner Voigt, Curator of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

The start of this 30th season of the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert series was blazing hot, kicking off with memorable performances by Craig Lucas, Beatenberg, Sean Koch, Jeremy Loops, Majozi and Neon Dreams, to name a few, and it is only getting hotter.

Cape Town’s RnB and Pop music sensation Jimmy Nevis has too shared many turning points in his career at Kirstenbosch. “I’m grateful to have had multiple opportunities to perform on a stage as prestigious as Kirstenbosch’s. My advice to local aspiring artists, musicians and performers is to keep following your dreams no matter what”, says Jimmy Nevis.

A Musical Collective Devoted To Golden Agers
Golden Oldies is an initiative by Capetonian entertainer Terry Fortune, who is widely known as a South African music legend. The concert will pay tribute to and honour local legendary performing artists and musicians to thank them for their significant contributions to the music industry and their communities. With the help of Suidoosterfees, the Golden Oldies concert is an opportunity to make the performing arts accessible to all to promote community development and social cohesion.

“Golden Oldies is an evolving brand with a corporate social responsibility aspect that aims to commit to honouring senior institutions through their performances”, says Terry Fortune. By virtue of the Golden Oldies’ and Kirstenbosch’s positive role in the Cape Town community, 100 tickets to the Golden Oldies concert will go out to guests from surrounding Cape Peninsula old age homes, senior citizen groups and disadvantaged communities. Many of these specially invited guests have never been able to attend a show at Kirstenbosch, making this a remarkable way to give back to the Cape community. Music is a common thread that allows multigenerational audiences to connect with each other, and the outdoor environment is the ideal location.

“Music plays a pivotal role for the elderly, and what better way to place smiles on the faces of our seniors as they sing along to old-time favourites while we gently take the crowd on a journey of the yesteryears? This year, the Golden Oldies celebrates the brand’s one-year anniversary, and we are excited to share this momentous occasion with Kirstenbosch”, says Terry Fortune.

Showstopping Entertainment
Terry Fortune has recently received the kykNET Fiëstas Legend award for his outstanding performances and extensive involvement in the music industry.

Accompanying the Golden Oldies will be a number of talented South African singers. Performer Madeegha Anders started her professional career in 1979, working at one of the top hotels in Swaziland as a singer in the band “Seven Steps” with the late Taliep Petersen. In 1986 she played the lead female role in the hit Musical “District Six”, performed at the Edinburgh festival in Scotland and sang in all the Mike McCullough productions for many years.

Capetonian singer Leslie Kleinsmith earned the title of Grand Performer after a successful number of years on the South African cabaret and music scene. He first started performing in local cabarets, clubs, and television productions and then went on to take over international stages.

Vernon Castle is a South African music legend with national and international performance experience. The singer’s musical career also started on the cabaret scene in the City Of Cape Town nearly 50 years ago.

Lorraine Klaasen, the daughter of the late legendary South African Jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, is one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of ‘Township Music’, and has gone on to electrify audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence.

South African music icon PJ Powers (Thandeka) is an award-winning musician with 12 gold discs, four platinum and a gold CD. Her career started in the 1980s as the lead singer of Hotline, and her solo career took off during the 1990s and 2000s with hits like “There is Answer” and “Jabulani”. Pj Powers has received several honours and awards over her career, such as the award for Peace and Reconciliation and the Top 100 Outstanding South Africans award, to name a few.

Sophia Foster is a legendary jazz singer and a diversified performer that has excelled in all genres of the entertainment industry, from theatre to television, glitz and glamour reviews, to intimate nightclubs and open-air stadiums. For the last four decades, her shining musical talents earned her the title of one of South Africa’s Divas of song.

The Golden Oldies concert’s masters of ceremonies, Emo and Loukmaan Adams, have been acclaimed household names in South Africa for many years. Singer, actor and producer Emo Adams became a leading figure in the country’s creative industry in the early 2000s through his phenomenal song, theatre and production performances.

Loukmaan Adams, the older brother of Emo Adams, is a South African actor, singer and choreographer best known for his collaborations with David Kramer and the late Taliep Pietersen. His roles in the musicals District 6: The Musical and Kat & the Kings have also added significant credit to his career as a performer.

“The City of Cape Town is proud to partner with the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts to showcase some of South Africa’s most legendary performers. We are incredibly excited to see the Golden Oldies at Kirstenbosch, mesmerising the crowd at such an incredible setting,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Enjoy an afternoon listening to a world-class musical performance on the slopes of Table Mountain. Pack a picnic or pre-order from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room or Moyo Restaurant five days in advance with all details on the Kirstenbosch website.

Tickets cost R190/p – R260/p at or the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office. Please note that Webtickets is the ONLY online ticketing partner. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden cannot guarantee that tickets purchased from third parties will be valid. (Service fees are not charged, so you should only pay the prices quoted above.)

For more information, visit or connect on social media and share your experiences using the official Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts hashtag #KBRocks.

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