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Posted on: Friday, 9 April 2010

Where to groove with Mango Groove

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Bang The Drum

Bang The Drum

I remember Mango Groove from when I was a very little girl. They are the first memory I have of a South African pop sensation and I remember my cousin making me “mixed” cassette tapes, which were all the rage back then, with song from Mango Groove, Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley.

I was surprised to find a mail in my inbox announcing the 2010 Mango Groove Big World Party Tour which is subtitled ‘20 Years of Hits and Memories, 20 Year of Mango Magic’. This is also a platform for the launch of their new album ‘Bang the Drum’ …

What a step back in time for me, I can instantly recall the music and lyrics to some of the bands most well known numbers, ‘Moments Away’ and ‘Special Star’. Even more surprising was hearing this familiar music in the background to dinner with family last night at Greek in Mowbray. Claire Johnston, lead singer, has a husky and distinct voice that I can recognise almost anywhere.

The tour began in Port Elizabeth on 5 April at the Splash Festival. Next up in the line up is Durban when the Durban Botanic Gardens will be livened up on 11 April at 14h30 – doors open at 12h30. Cape Town follows this show almost a week later on 17 April at Spier Wine Estate with the show starting at 15h00 (doors open at 13h00). The band performs again the following day (18 April) at Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg at 16h30, gates open from 13h00 with guest artists on stage from 14h00. Tickets for these concerts are priced from R80 to R100 a person.

On 1 May Mango Groove performs at the all day Thabazimbi Expo, they’ll be on stage at 19h00 tickets for the day cost R70 a person. The final performance takes place at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City in Johannesburg. Doors open at 20h00 with the show starting at 21h00, tickets range between R110 and R150 a person.

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All tickets are available from Computicket with the exception of Durban’s show – these tickets are only available from webtickets.

Claire Johnston has said “we’re really excited about this: It’s been a long time coming, and a lot of preparation and thought has gone into it, but we are now raring to get out and hit the road!’’

I am rather excited about this tour as well it is such a big part of my history as I remember their music well. I’m looking forward to grooving to their sound with all of the other Mango Groove fans! Hope to see you there.

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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