By Prince Morake
The Intimate Evening Series, a collaboration between Liberty and leading local promoter Showtime Management are proud to host “An Intimate Evening with Lalah Hathaway”, a four-concert tour presented by Liberty at Montecasino’s Teatro begins on Friday, 19 January with two more Johannesburg concert dates on Saturday, 20 January at 8pm and a 6pm concert on Sunday, 21 January 2024. The Cape Town concert is at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Saturday, 27 January 2024 at 7pm. Formally trained South African musician Langa Mavuso is the supporting act for the Lalah Hathaway SA Tour. Tickets are on sale at showtime.co.za and webtickets.co.za.
Lalah Hathaway is a five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, and ten-time nominee. Undeniable music royalty and a thirty-year music industry veteran, Lalah’s music transcends genre – from R&B ballads to pop standards and soulful jazz – she has collaborated with today’s top hitmakers, including Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Anderson Paak, Robert Glasper, Rapsody, Snoop Dogg and Esperanza Spalding. Lalah has also shared the stage with music legends, from Prince to Stevie Wonder to Herbie Hancock.
Lalah Hathaway earned her first career GRAMMY® for 2013 for Best R&B Performance for “Something” with Snarky Puppy. The following three years she earned Best Traditional R&B Performance GRAMMYs for “Jesus Children” (2014), “Little Ghetto Boy” (2015) and “Angel” (2016).
“Continuing our highly successful partnership with Liberty, we are delighted to bring the incredible Lalah Hathaway to South African as part of the Liberty presents “An Intimate Evening” concert series,” says Tony Feldman of Showtime Management. “Lalah Hathaway’s styles mixing R&B, jazz, and pop are uniquely unparalleled, and we are sure fans are in for an evening of musical bliss.”
“Supporting a show of this magnitude embodies our desire to be “In all of it” with our clients and South Africans. We’re certain those attending with their friends and loved ones will find joy and great pleasure from the concerts,” says Marees Bostander, Head – Brand Strategy and Sponsorships at Liberty. “Associating our brand with Lalah Hathaway is both an honour and privilege.”
Lalah’s song “Show Me Your Soul,” from the hit documentary ‘Mr. Soul!,’ was featured on the Oscars 2021 shortlist for Best Original Song and in December 2022, the video dropped for Lalah’s new single ‘This Christmas’ – a duet with her late father, Donny Hathaway, made from a previously unreleased version of his classic Christmas anthem.
“Legacy: Lalah Hathaway sings Donny Hathaway” an orchestral tribute to her father’s work, arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza, debuted in New York in 2019 at the Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors summer concert series with a sold-out show. It is the first ever show where Lalah has dedicated the entire performance wholly to her father Donny’s repertoire. The Legacy show also toured in Holland in 2021 with the Metropole Orkest and in Australia and New Zealand in October 2022 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra respectively.
A sought-after collaborator to some of today’s top hitmakers, undeniable music royalty, and vocal abilities matched by few, five-time Grammy award-winning Lalah Hathaway is an artist, singer/songwriter and producer not to be slept on. A purveyor of many genres whilst sharing Grammy-win records with the likes of Beyoncé (the only two female artists to have ever won in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category three times), Lalah’s seven solo albums are complemented by an illustrious track-record of collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Anderson. Paak, Robert Glasper, Rapsody, Snoop Dogg, Esperanza Spalding and more. Her talents have inspired invitations to the stage from music legends, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock to name a few, and her work even made the Oscars 2021 short list for Best Original Song. As daughter to the late, great Donny Hathaway and the product of an incredibly musical family, Chicago-born and raised Lalah Hathaway has the most soulful of music running through her veins. As she continues to forge ahead, her touring schedule now includes, for the first time, South Africa.