South African Singing Doctor to Release Debut Album in Cape Town

South African Singing Doctor to Release Debut Album in Cape Town

One of The Mother's City top singing-doctors is set to launch a new CD later this month with the sole purpose of using his passion to make a difference in his community.

Upright Citizen is the début musical album released by singing-doctor Marc Hendricks, and he is set to dazzle Cape Town audiences at the Artscape Theatre on 22 April, for a one-night only performance.

Proceeds of the show will be donated to Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital for transformation initiatives.

Marc, who has been recording and writing music since the early 90s, says this CD has been "a long time coming" after his last release in 2000.

"In late 2015 I asked my friend, Amanda Tiffin, to produce this recording which she accepted to my great excitement. Amanda is one of those rare people who as a singer, composer, jazz vocal teacher, musical director and arranger can do it all and with consummate ease to boot, so having her on board as my producer was a 'no-brainer'," he says.

"After spending spent the first 6 to 8 months sifting through what was then a very large repertoire to decide which would make the eventual cut for the album, Amanda and I looked at older song writing material as well as taking on new compositions including a first collaboration on 'Do what You Say' which was great fun."

This is Marc's fourth musical release, second full album and first solo album. Upright Citizen shares Marc's stories, sometimes intimate, always honest traversing the story of his life, family and work inspired by his "earliest love affairs with music and creative writing".

Upright Citizen was arranged and recorded with engineer and studio owner, Paris Zannos, at Paris Studios in Cape Town in September 2016.

The CD launch performance of Upright Citizen is directed by renowned actress and director Quanita Adams with musical direction by the quintessential Amanda Tiffin. The performance is set to feature some of the country's premier musicians on stage: Amanda Tiffin (piano and keys), Kevin Gibson (drums), Shaun Johannes (bass), Dave Ledbetter (guitar), Marc de Kock (saxophone and flute), Farida Bacharova (first violin), Patrick Goodwin (second violin), Paula Gabriel (viola), Kristyan Chernev, (cello) and The UCT Jazz Voices.

" Come, sit back and relax for an evening of fun, great music and Great Performances by fantastic musicians at the beautiful Artscape Theatre as we tell the story of Upright Citizen. Support music for change."

Ticket sales are open at Computicket and are available at www.computicket.com (search Marc Hendricks CD launch) or call the Artscape Dial-a-Seat facility on 021 421 7695 to book by credit card, or contact the Box Office on 021 421 7839. Tickets are priced at R175 each. Concessions are available for block bookings of 10 or more, students and pensioners. For more information about Marc Hendricks and the Upright Citizen CD Launch visit www.marchendricks.co.za.

Marc Hendricks is a singer/songwriter who took his first run at song writing as a teenager encouraged by a musical family. From school he continued in amateur performance on to university where he was to meet many of the people who were to become his musical collaborators over the next 20 years.

An early collaboration with friend and musician, Gavin Goldberg, in the late nineties gave rise to Dreamshop (BMG Africa). The duo recorded two singles, Danger (1999) and Satisfy (2000), the latter earning them recognition as newcomers with a SAMA nomination in the 'Best Pop-Rock Single' category in 2001. The full album, 'Clear', followed later that same year. Following that release Marc continued to compose for other artists over the years, singularly or in collaboration, most notably among them, Judith Sephuma , Peter Grant and Naomi Suzuki. Upright Citizen is his first solo offering.


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