Cruising down memory lane

THE first time I saw Ebony, whose real name is Lenah Khama, I got goose bumps.

THE first time I saw Ebony, whose real name is Lenah Khama, I got goose bumps.

This was on SABC's popular music programme Lapologa in its early days. We lived for those Fridays just to see our 80s icons.

A slim though heavily pregnant Ebony, was singing her heart out, belting her then hit I Need Somebody, which continues to say that a person must love her tonight. Judging by her pregnancy, Bheki Ngcobo - better known as Ihashi Elimhlophe - had already done the job. As I watched her over the years, I came to the conclusion that many before me had reached - that not only did she have a stunning voice that incredibly sounded like that of randy Crawford, but she was one of the few though fantastic dancers. I still hold the view today.

The ebony beauty from Nkowankowa in Tzaneen, will join her other 80s peers when they perform at the Lotlamoreng Dam in Mafikeng on June 12 from 10am kuze kuyovalwa.

Another luminary of the 80s music scene is the charismatic Ali Katt. Not only was he most women's fantasy of a tall, dark, broad shouldered man, but he had an uncanny talent of singing like Teddy Pendergrass. The late American soul singer's shows were heavily patronised by women who were not shy of throwing their underwear at the sexy, raspy voiced singer.

Thanks to the cultural boycott, South Africans could not hear Pendergrass live. Instead they showered all that love towards Katt.

Whenever he got on stage and said Let the Good Times Roll they rolled indeed. He later came up with another hit Ke Tla Ho Rekela Dipompong. But it was not sufficiently marketed, it did not make as much as it could have. After this long sabbatical, it will be interesting to hear the man whose voice made love to his legion of female fans.

Now who could forget Sydney with his Ke Bomama's Baby. He was so tiny back then, everybody just wanted to mother him. It will be refreshing to see a grown up, business-looking Sydney and to watch the reaction. There was no middle road. Either you loved or wanted to mother him.

His music will nonetheless guarantee that those who want to cruise down memory lane in the North West province put on their dancing shoes.

The show will feature Yvonne Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers, Steve Kekana, Condry Ziqubu, Winnie Khumalo singing the late Brenda Fassie's songs, Mercy Pakela, Ali Katt, Splash, Dalom Kids and Patricia Majalisa.