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Jonathan Butler


Wed 29 Feb 2012, 8:00pm–10:30pm

Where: Little Theatre, 2 Queens Dr, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: bsegers

Beryl Segers proudly presents a New Zealand exclusive!

Wednesday 29 February at 8.00 pm Little Theatre, Lower Hutt, Wellington
(Tickets available from Ursula Petersen on 0274458997)

Monday 27 February 2012 at 8.00 pm Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
(Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster)

Jonathan Butler, South Africa’s favourite Grammy nominated son is heading to Wellington Wednesday 29 February and Auckland Monday 27 February 2012.

Jonathan Butler born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa during the Apartheid era started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records.

Butler’s first single became the first recording by a black artist to play on the all white radio stations in the racially segregated South Africa. This earned him the highest South African music award.

The New Zealand shows will feature Butler in a unique setting providing intimate behind the music stories about his hit songs and also classic gems, performing all the songs you have grown to love. The audience will be treated to a special evening of smooth jazz, gospel and R&B where he will also tell stories about his music, writing experiences and memories growing up in South Africa and eventually settling in Los Angeles.

Butler has collaborated with the likes of George Benson, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Patti La Belle, Maysa and many more international artists.

He began touring at the tender age of seven when he joined a travelling stage show, and was later signed up to perform on a string of hit recordings, turning him into a local teen idol. In 1978 he found the inspiration and encouragement to begin expressing himself as a composer and songwriter when he joined Cape Town's best-known jazz/rock outfit, Pacific Express.

Butler was signed to UK-based Jive Records in 1977, and in the early 1980s he moved to the United Kingdom where he remained for seventeen years. His international breakthrough came in 1987 with his Grammy nominated hit single, "Lies" and his cover version of the Staple Singers song "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)", which he performed with Ruby Turner. Butler maintains a loyal following since the 1980s in South Africa, the United States and Europe.

Beryl Segers Presents is excited to bring Butler’s musical genius to Australia for the first time.