A humbled Mango Groove are honoured to announce the release of the single and music video of âFaces to the Sunââ, the title track off their most recent album, and itâs perfect timing as the band ready for their 30th union celebration.
The visuals, beautifully captured during various concerts throughout the country emphasize what it has always been about for Mango Groove; the incredible support they have had from all South Africans through the years.
Says Claire Johnston: “Faces to the Sun” – one of my favourite Mango songs and all about positivity, not to mention just in time for our 30th Anniversary Celebration”
The legendary ensemble invite audiences to their celebration which will take place over 3 nights; 8th, 9th and 10th of March at Monte Casino. What is a celebration without a party after all?
This is a band whose sound transcends generations and will continue to do so for generations to come. Theirs is the sound of the nation – a sound that has been a part of South African history and will continue to be beyond the next 30 years.
About Mango Groove
Mango Groove is under any description a great and much loved South African institution: Having cut its teeth on the mid-80’s SA alternative music scene (difficult times indeed for non-racial South African acts), the group exploded into the national consciousness with the release of its 10 times Platinum debut album in 1989. Since then the group, with its uniquely eclectic, Big Band “Marabi-Pop’’ sound has truly captured the hearts of all South Africans both here and all around the world. Powered by Claire’s utterly distinctive, soaring vocals, and featuring the unique texturing of the penny whistle and big band Marabi horns, Mango Groove has racked up a host of achievements throughout the years, and has firmly established itself as one of South Africa’s most recognised and loved music icons.
The group’s highlights through the years have been numerous, and have included the following:
Over 30 x Platinum sales in South Africa alone
Live attendance records that still stand for any SA artist today: these include 6 sold out shows at the Sun City Superbowl, 6 consecutive sold out shows at the Standard Bank Arena and over 20 000 people at Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town.
The use of Mango Groove’s music in NBC’s worldwide broadcast of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, and the group’s subsequent headlining of the concert celebrating our country’s first democratic inauguration.
Setting new standards for representative airplay across all stations in South Africa.
Taking SA music to the world: Amongst other things, this included Mango Groove being the only South African act invited to perform at the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China, being the only SA act featured on The Freddy Mercury Tribute concert (broadcast to over a billion people), appearing in front of 200 000 people at the SOS Racisme concert in Paris and receiving 3 encores at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Active involvement through the years in a host of social awareness and fund raising initiatives, in such fields as AIDS, literacy, conservation and education.
Over the last three years, garnering legions of new, young South African fans with barnstorming headline appearances at SA’s iconic Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Rocking the Daisies and Park Acoustics festivals.
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