Belinda Davids’ tribute to Whitney

The State Theatre in Pretoria will be the place to be for lovers and Whitney Houston fans when South African singing sensation Belinda Davids makes her debut at Africa’s largest theatre complex.

Cape Town-based Davids will kick-start her 2016 tour The Greatest Love of All at The State Theatre from Tuesday until February 14, giving hopeful romantics enough time to savour Valentine’s Day.

The Port Elizabeth-born singing sensation is living her dream by serenading the world with Houston classics. She has been received amid rave reviews for her show-stopping performances in places such as Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand and the US for The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston show.

Davids’ stage act has been perfected and resembles inch perfect the legendary Houston, this after she first had a sold out six-week run in Johannesburg in 2013 and subsequent tours to Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand and the US. The show will delight Pretoria audiences the same way it has done the rest of the world.

The organisers have promised those making their way to the State Theatre “drama, charm, class and unparalleled musical aptitude”.

Davids as always will be accompanied by a live band as well as dancers who will add a sprinkle of flair onto the stage.

Houston fans will get to sing along to all-time favourites such as How Will I Know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, Didn’t We Almost Have it All, I’m Every Woman, Exhale, Step by Step and I Will Always Love You.

Davids won the hearts of the judges when she was chosen among 15000 hopefuls from auditions that happened around the world. Showtime Australia, the management company behind the show, spent more than 12 months perfecting the production and finding their lead singer. They visited 12 countries in the process that culminated in our very own Davids being chosen as the ideal candidate to bring Houston back to life through music.

As a singer, Davids has a long-standing, successful career as a solo recording artist, supporting act and backing vocalist. Her love for Houston’s music is also evident in her own work and comes through strongly throughout The Greatest Love of All.

She grew up Port Elizabeth, listening to Houston’s albums and echoing Whitney’s style not only in her musical taste, but also in the way she dressed and even her hairstyle. She is a true Houston fan and uses each of her performances to pay homage to her idol.

Davids has shared the stage with the likes of Deborah Cox, Kelly Price and Tina Marie.

Siyabonga Sithole

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