Mango Groove still as hot as ever

I WAS once a die-hard fan of Mango Groove. And when I heard that the group had regrouped to give us more of that multi-cultural musical sound that defined them in the 80s, I was delighted to reconnect with them.

The group has also released a DVD that captures their past glory as much as it defines their future in the cut-throat music business.

Called Mango Groove Live in Concert, the DVD was shot as a full 10 camera high definition production in front of a capacity audience at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, recently.

The result is a magical celebration of 25 years of Mango Groove hits. All the favourites are showcased in the DVD and includeSpecial Star, Dance Some More, Moments Away, Hellfire, Another Country and Home Talk.

In addition, Mango Groove's 2010 Bang the Drum album hits are also celebrated and include the title track of the album, Hey and Pretty.

The DVD has just hit the stores nationwide.

Founder member John Leyden says: "We are really excited about this release. We've done a number of TV specials over the years, including broadcasts from the Sun City Superbowl, Standard Bank Arena and Greenpoint Stadium but this is our first commercial DVD .

"We are delighted with the DVD, which consolidates our entire hits catalogue. The band is looking and sounding better than ever."

Claire Johnston echoes Leyden's sentiments: "I think the most gratifying and humbling experience for us over the last two years of new releases and touring has been just how much new support there has been for the group.

"Over and above the people who grew up listening to Mango Groove, it has been so great to see so many South Africans of all ages and all races at the shows."