DURBAN - Bollywood sensation and top Indian playback singer, KK (Krishna Kumar Kunnath), is looking forward to connecting with his Durban audience.
He appears on Saturday as the first performer to take to the stage at The Globe, Suncoast’s new venue which forms part of the Tsogo Sun’s R1.6 billion revamp of the entertainment complex on North Beach.
Jetting into the city on Thursday evening, KK appeared relaxed at a press briefing yesterday morning – even giving a quick impromptu performance to the delight of his fans.
It is the first time the Bollywood star has visited Durban and he said: “I woke up this morning and saw the beautiful view of the ocean. It is so clean and green, I phoned my wife and said we must come back here for a holiday.”
The Bollywood star will perform for one night only and, speaking ahead of the show, he said his audience could expect a full repertoire of their favourite songs, from Tadap Tadap, Zara Sa, Awarapan Banjarapan and Tu Hi Meri Shab, among many others.
“I hope to make a lot of friends here. I think music connects to people’s souls and if you connect with a person’s soul, deep inside, it’s a connection that will last for a long time to come. I always look forward to seeing my audience, the fresh faces and people who have not seen me before. It’s going to be fantastic and the first thing I do on stage, is have fun,” he said.
KK grew up in New Delhi and said he was always destined to have music as his career and was a natural singer, even though he never had any training. “I’ve been singing since I was a child and I knew even then that singing was a passion I couldn’t control,” he said. As a teen, he formed a rock band. But it was when ad agencies contracted him to do jingles, his career was kickstarted. He sang 3 500 jungles in 11 languages before getting his break into movies and the world of Bollywood, with his first solo number in Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke.
“Over the last 22 years, I have seen a lot of change in Bollywood and I’ve ridden with that change. It’s been a nice long trip and I’m still going to be making music,” he said.
The show has been brought to Durban by Blu Blood and Showtime Promotions, with Osman Osman, Blu Blood’s managing director, saying they were proud to present such a big Bollywood star who had never been in South Africa before for this weekend’s launch of The Globe.
The official unveiling of Suncoast’s new multibillion-rand refurbishment took place on Thursday evening and was a glittering affair with about 900 invited guests.
The whole complex now occupies about five rugby fields and has more restaurants and facilities. The dome-shaped Globe multi-purpose venue can seat more than 2 000 people with a feast of entertainment lined up for the festive season, while the Barnyard Theatre is also set to open at Suncoast next week.
There are a limited number of tickets still available for tonight’s KK show, at 8pm. Tickets available at Computicket.The Independent on Saturday