Simple Stories pays tribute to Luther Vandross

The members of Simple Stories are from the left CJ van Wyk, Naledi Mohapi and Sam Akach. PHOTO: EYE POETRY PHOTOGRAPHY

Soul and RnB music lovers are in for a treat as local sensation, Simple Stories, pays tribute to vocal powerhouse Luther Vandross. The Forever Luther tribute concert will bring to the comfort of your home the jams with the smooth harmonies of a live band that the American vocalist is best known for.

Organiser Angelo Mockie of Angelo Mockie Productions is taking the concert to the virtual stage after the first Forever Luther concert took place five years ago at Moods and Flavours.

“There are definitely a lot of Luther fans in Bloemfontein because the last time we had a show, it was sold out. We have grown since that last concert when it comes to musicianship and interpretation,” he explained.

“There is a new normal now and as entertainers and music lovers we have hopefully accepted that things are going to be different for a while as well as willing to explore different things,” added Mockie.

Simple Stories’ CJ van Wyk gave a solo performance at the last tribute but will be joined by band mates Naledi Mohapi and Sam Akach this time around.

“For the people who already know CJ as an artist, they will see another side of him in terms of approach and appreciate his interpretation. For those he will be new to, they will be pleasantly surprised by the great offering,” said Mockie.

It’s no news that the Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on the entertainment industry with the local industry losing event revenue.

Mockie, who is also a musician, expressed that many local artists are crippled by a lack of proper equipment to pull off a successful online show. So the Forever Luther tribute show is set to be the first in a series of concerts by the production company.

For more information on The Forever Luther tribute concert on 17 July 2020, visit @angelomockieprod on Facebook. Tickets will cost R50 and the concert will be streamed for 45 minutes.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele