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An experience of Kenny G and George Benson - Cape Town
17 October 1998 When the music started and the lights went up, the already excited audience was delighted to find the awesome Kenny G right in their midst. "Kenny G, Kenny G" they chanted.
He moved onto the stage and for close on two hours soothed the audience to the familiar sounds largely from Breathless. He also performed the theme from Titanic.
Just as I began to wonder: "Can the man talk?" he did just that. He warmed himself to the audience by saying that Cape Town was probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world he had ever been to. He remarked on the beautiful beaches of Clifton. He spoke a few sentences in Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu and the audience went crazy.
Kenny G is definitely an experience… his band, the superb lighting and excellent mixing. His percussionist was given a spot in the limelight with an energetic solo, which displayed amazing dexterity.
Just as we were left wondering whether this part of the evening was over, the spotlights focussed on a side entrance … and in came Kenny G again, playing the saxophone. He continued to charm the audience up close and left them totally breathless…
George Benson's performance was incredibly professional, backed by his excellent band of musicians. It is easy to see why he is a major concert draw throughout the world. And, wow, did Cape Town love Benson?
Benson played his popular songs with his familiar vocalizing and inventive guitaring. The pace picked up, the smoke levels rose and the audience mostly stood and boogied. His performance of the Greatest Love of all was just incredible as was the duet with Kenny G. A lovely surprise was his rendition of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable".
The relationship between Benson and Kenny G goes back many years to the time before Kenny G was famous. Kenny G thanked Benson for the opportunity of being the supporting act for a concert something like 12 years ago. Kenny G joined Benson's band for a brief 3 month period before going out on his own. Benson said, "he was too good to stay (with me)".
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