Groban Gains New Fans With Dynamic Shows in SA
Pretoria News
November 30, 2004
By Erna Van Wyk
Singing sensation Josh Groban got a standing ovation at the end of his forst-ever performance on South African soil at the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday night. And deservedly so.

The baritone's SA leg of his Closer World Tour is in support of Unite Against Hunger.

His unique blend of pop music with classical influences and infused with operatic passion was nothing short of a spectacle.

And "Grobanites" - a term referring to his global fan following- gave him , accompanied by violin prodigy Lucia Miccarelli, a 16-piece SA string orchestra and his accomplished band, a warm welcome.

He wowed the audioence with his well-known hits, including You Raise Me Up and the evergreen To Where You are, as well as several numbers from his second album, Closer.

When Groban did a stint behind the drums as well as on piano, the crowd was fired up even more.

Groban is set to gain numerous new fans in South Africa if the Sun City concert is anything to go by.

He performed at The Dome in Johannesburg on Sunday night and will perform in a spercial charity concert in aid of Unite Against Hunger tonight at Sandton's Convention Centre with Pretoria's Black Tie Ensemble.

He then moves to Cape Town where he will give three more performances at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in December.