Alive – DVD

Alive - DVD
Alive – DVD
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In 2010, singer, songwriter and actress, Helena released her first DVD and bonus CD – Helena Hettema Alive. Accompanying Helena, multi-award winner (SABC 2 Geraas Award – best Female Vocalist, PE Herald Showtime Award, Vonk Awards and SAMA nominee) and one of SA’s top cabaret artists in a tour de force, are her brilliant pianist, Andre Wessels and celebrated double bassist Nippy Cripwell.

This soulful DVD comprising of 30 of Helena’s top favourite songs performed countrywide over the years was shot with a live audience at the popular Centurion Theatre in Pretoria. Some of her legendary SA favourites such as Mannetjies Roux, Sprokie vir ‘n Stadskind, Toemaar die Donker Man and Tolbos in die Wind (written for the Sonkring TV series) are also featured as well as the nostalgic Rooiwynliefde with lyrics by Marianne Venter and music by celebrated composer, Christa Steyn and given to Helena to perform. There are also the well-loved- Divided Heart (written on Brighton Beach near London) in ’97 and a new composition Goodbye to the Living.

A highlight of the DVD is a duet with her father, legendary double Springbok Jan Hettema on Nat King Cole’s tender Unforgettable and his nostalgic rendition of Mooie Amsterdam in Dutch, special to him since he was born in Friesland in the north of Holland. Andre Wessels delivers a brilliant solo á la Rick Walters of the Beatles song, Eleanor Rigby. The DVD is wide-ranging covering styles such as French chanson, folk, jazz, rock and popfolk. Helena who is multilingual sings in English, Afrikaans, French, Italian and German on the DVD. Alive, the DVD and bonus CD was nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) in the category ……

Press comment: “Onlangs het Helena die wereld in die DVD (Alive) vertel hoe ‘alive and well’ sy is.” – Elretha Brits – Volksblad – Bloemfontein “Wat ‘n groot voorreg om jou weer hier by ons te hê, om vir jou en jou musiek te ken …” -Tollo, Bechora en die Boomhuisie span – Krugersdorp.

“Helena Hettema, our own homegrown SA cabaret star was brilliant and compared with the best international artists.” – Kormorant – Hartebeespoort “Baie dankie vir jou kuier by Kwêla … ons kyk en luister lekker na ‘Alive’ – geluk met die mooi produk.” – Die Kwêla span – Johannesburg