MOTHERS, daughters and families are all in for a treat this Mother’s Day, as a show is set to take place honouring those women near and dear to our hearts, from 8pm on May 7 at the Good Hope Christian Centre in Ottery. The inaugural Mother’s Day production, Mama Mia! A Mothers Day Special, is poised to entertain local audiences with stellar music, great comedy, motivation and lots of dancing moments – courtesy of an all star line-up.
After everything we’ve been through over the last two years, producer Olivia Gildenhuys felt it’s time to “get back to the new normal” and appreciate the ones we love – beginning with the women in our lives. Mama Mia! A Mothers Day Special will showcase top South African musicians and artists like Tracey Lange, Alfred Adriaan, Belinda Davids, Katlego Maboe, Tarryn Lamb, Don Vino Prins, Loukmaan Adams, and Emo Adams, as well as the Take Note band.
Singer and songwriter, Emo Adams, was asked to direct the extravaganza and says Mama Mia! A Mothers Day Special is about paying homage to “our moms as well as our wives”.
“Oh boy! Welcome back! There is no better feeling than putting together something of such a high calibre and bringing it to the community,” he says. “I was told Tracey Lange was going to sing, so I wouldn’t miss that for the world. Besides the fact that we get to toast the mothers, the line-up is what got me – sophisticated, varied, and a group of talented people sharing a stage together. We want the people of Cape Town and the Western Cape to come out to have a ball with us.”
After having taken a break from the spotlight for the past year, award-winning TV presenter and emcee, Katlego Maboe, is excited to be back. “It is a true privilege to be called to the stage after what has felt like a lifetime,” he says. “To be able to share the stage with so many great friends to salute our great mothers is even more special as I think back to my childhood days and how I would try to make Mother’s Day special with flowers, chocolates and scribbled poems…this is a moment and an opportunity to write another beautiful poem acknowledging the strength, courage and enduring love of our mothers especially at a time such as this. It couldn’t be more special to me.”
Maboe says Mama Mia! A Mothers Day Special will also aim to pay tribute to the memories of mothers and loved ones who have departed and to also celebrate living life to the fullest. “This day and concert will serve as a grand love letter in which we all, together, get to shout it out from the mountaintop to say: ‘Mama, I love you!’ We have all been made keenly aware of how easily we can lose our love in a heartbeat and so we need to recognise them every day in whatever small manner we can, be it a text message affirming our love and appreciation; a hug with words of affection and care or our actions.”
Joburg-based comedian, Alfred Adriaan, says he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be part of this event. “I love performing to live audiences and I won’t lie, it’s an amazing line-up. It’s an opportunity for us all to acknowledge our mothers and make them the centre of attention, because they are always focused on us.”
He adds: “Audiences can expect me to indulge in lots of marriage and mommy jokes.”
Tickets are via Quicket, from R220 to R300. Strict Covid-19 protocols will be in place. Guests will have to wear masks at all times and obey all the necessary Covid-19 measures.