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Selim Kagee (pictured) is a name that is fast becoming engraved in South Africa’s classical-pop genre. The dashing young man inked a deal with EMI at a time when major record labels aren’t exactly dishing them out.
The singer released his debut album, Cry For Love, last August. More than a year later, he has performed all over the country, including a sold-out run at the Masque Theatre. This week, the man who has been hailed as Cape Town’s Bocelli will put on two shows at the Baxter Theatre.
On Saturday, music lovers will be treated to an hour-and-a-half (per show) of songs like his original composition and album title, Cry For Love, as well as classics like O Sole Mio and Parla Piu Piano, otherwise known as The Godfather theme song. Kagee will also be accompanied by a 22-piece orchestra.
What’s also interesting is that part of the proceeds of these performances will serve as fundraising for the Santos Football Youth Academy as well as aid for eight-year-old Gareth Hawkins who has leukemia.
“Yes, some of the proceeds will go to the academy and a small portion will go towards Gareth Hawkins’s medical bills,” says Kagee.
It’s not everyday that a classical-pop artist is linked with sports. But Kagee explains that his relationship with the Santos Football Youth Academy developed organically.
The chief executive of the academy saw Kagee perform earlier this year and “was very excited and he liked the show, the sound and my voice. We started talking and he wanted to promote me and get me on a bigger stage. We kept on talking and then formed a collabo- ration that is unique. (Through my) shows, I perform to develop support for the academy and also nurture youth.”
It is through this academy that Hawkins’s cause was highlighted. The singer who participated in a tennis league throughout his childhood has put the raquet down in favour of the microphone.
“They type of music I do is classical-pop or classical crossover,” Kagee shares, “and lends itself to that orchestral sound. So I wanted the audience to experience the music as it should be experienced.”
• Selim Kagee and orchestra at The Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch on Saturday at 5pm and 8.30pm. R250 at Computicket.