Getting ready to Groove on board MSC Sinfonia

Nov 02, 2010
Author: Terry Hutson


They exploded onto the music scene with their debut hit single “Get Down Saturday night”, held the Number 1 spot on 94.7’s & Kfm’s Homebrew for over a month and now Tokyo Groove will be in Durban to play live on deck under the stars aboard MSC Sinfonia!

Rated as one of the country’s top cover bands, Tokyo Groove will bring their extensive repertoire of rock, reggae and classic party song tracks to the invitation only 13 November function where almost 2,000 guests from around the country will be on board to celebrate MSC Sinfonia’s first visit to South Africa, her arrival in Durban and the launch of her maiden cruise summer season in the Indian Ocean.

Mesmerizing is the word used to describe Tokyo Groove’s on-stage performances while lead vocalist Sangoma (formerly the front man of the successful group Denim) continues to amaze audiences with his range and versatility. Sangoma has had the opportunity to perform for the crème de la crème of society both locally and internationally, has had a string of hits, and produced various tracks for television but it is with Tokyo Groove that Sangoma has finally come into his own and adds a phenomenal energy to the seven piece band bringing the music to life.

Focusing on classic party tracks like September, Lady Soul and more, Tokyo Groove appeals to a wide audience and will get guests dancing the night away. Having performed at the most prestigious functions and sporting events in Southern Africa and enjoyed repeated corporate bookings with the country’s top Blue Chip corporate companies - all of which endorse the band’s reputation for professionalism, quality and really getting a party going.

2009 has been a landmark year for the band with the release of “Get Down Saturday Night” which is still charting on all major radio stations nationally while a second single looks set to go even bigger and better. Already these singles have managed to encompass both the sophistication and vibe of the band and boost their reputation as one of South Africa’s Top Party Bands.

While Tokyo Groove will play out on deck on 13 November the remainder of the ship’s entertainment will be on show as is when she is cruising.

The various shows are truly international with artists coming from the United Kingdom, Australia, Ukraine, Brazil, Italy, Spain and South Africa. The line-up is quite fantastic and includes from aerial acrobatics, juggling, magic and illusion, dance, Spanish Flamenco to comedy and song.

Those who enjoy more of a local flavour should look out for the special theme cruises which will have additional South African guest artists performing on board. They include Kurt Darren, Danny Fisher, Ian von Memerty, Gino Fabbri, Victor Siljeur, Lana English, Max Kaan, Adrian the Magician, Henk Grimsell, Santiago and DJ Black Sparrow.

And the entertainment doesn’t end with the evening shows. Live music, including four South African bands in several venues and the nightly disco will sustain the mood until the early hours.

MSC Sinfonia is being described as the finest floating hotel South Africa has ever seen. The nine storey, 58,600 ton cruise ship with her distinctive Italian design, style and service is the biggest and most modern cruise ship ever to operate out of a local port for a full summer cruise season.

MSC Sinfonia is one of MSC Crociere’s stable of 10 ships. As leaders in the Mediterranean cruise market, the MSC cruise ships with their distinctive Italian design, style and service represent the most modern cruise fleet in the world and operate in top destinations around the globe.

MSC Sinfonia begins her summer cruise season from Durban on Saturday, 14 November 2009.

Contact MSC Cruises or Starlight Cruises for more information.

Scheduling of the cruises is available in our Cruise Schedule section of PORTS & SHIPS - go HERE


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