Press Release: CITO's "EL CANTANTE" at Bertie's Mooring

January 18, 2014

Following on the tremendous response received at their first visit to Cape Town last year, renowned singer Cito (from WONDERboom fame) will be presenting once again, a programme of his Spanish favourites, EL CANTANTE, for 1 performance only at Berties Mooring, Gordon's Bay on Sunday 2nd February 2014 at 6pm.

Guitarist extraordinaire, Martin Schofield joins him once again on guitar.
 

WIth “El Cantante” (the singer), Cito heads back to his Puerto Rican roots, performing his unique acoustic versions of the Spanish classics that he grew up listening to. 

The rhythms and styles of bolero, tango, mambo, tejano, mariachi and traditional folklorica are included in the musical line-up, highlighting traditional favourites from countries including Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and others. Pop favourites presented in Cito’s unique arrangements include Cielito Lindo, La Bamba, Besame Mucho, Carnaval, Cancion del Mariachi, En Mi Viejo San Juan, El Cuarto de Tula, Mi Tierra (Gloria Estefan) and Sobrevivire (I Will Survive). 

 

Audiences are captivated by the sheer magic of the music and the Desperado-style performance thereof.


Cito was born in Los Angeles, California and most of his childhood was spent in an Hispanic community in Queens, New York City. Both parents influenced Cito with their musical abilities - especially his Puerto Rican mother who sang and played Spanish guitar. 

Now living in South Africa since his teens, CITO is best known as the frontman of the legendary multi award-winning rock band, WONDERboom; now in their 18th year on the local music scene. Showcasing his diversity in recent years, Cito has had media and audiences alike raving at his heart-stopping portrayal of Jesus in the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar; Frederick Trumper in Chess - The Musical and more recently in Cape Town singing Queen's music in Bovim Ballet's Queen at the Ballet. 

Performing alongside Cito in El Cantante is 12-time SAMA nominee MARTIN SCHOFIELD - founding member, alongside Cito, of WONDERboom, and has notched up many other accolades including most recently being the MD of the 2012 SAMA Awards as well as Idols SA Season 8. One of Martin's favourite sayings is "You make music with people, the notes come later" and its on this basis that he's thrilled to be partnering with long-time friend and fellow musician to explore an on-going desire of his to go out of his comfort zone to perform music hispanically. 

And with Cito also on guitar, audiences will be provided an evening of pure delight, seeing these two seasoned performers, in this intimate setting as never before. 

Says Cito, "These classics are part of my best childhood memories, singing them around our home constantly but have never performed them on stage before." 

He continues; "I'm blown away by the amazing response to the show so far and the audience response to hearing my childhood stories for the first time. It seems that audiences are really appreciating my Spanish vocals and song selection. We received such a tremendous response the first time we were at Bertie's and have been constantly asked to return, so I'm thrilled to be back there soon, rocking Berties, Desperado style."

 

GIG INFORMATION:

Sunday, 2nd February, 6pm - 8pm

Venue : Berties Mooring, THe Boardwalk, Harbour Island, Gordon's Bay.

 

No cover charge.

 

For further information on Berties: 021 856 3343.

 

 

For interview and image requests, please contact Collett Dawson on collett@thecolabnetwork.com

 

Press release provided by Collett Dawson.

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