Singing Sensation Gets Closer to His SA Fans
Cape Times
December 2, 2004
Hundreds of Capetonians braved the rain at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to catch a glimpse of international singing sensation Josh Groban at his first concert in Cape Town last night.

Groban, 22, who is on a world tour in support of Unite Against Hunger, wore a red ribbon in commemoration of World Aids Day.

Looking over the crowd as it hoisted colourful umbrellas, Groban said: "I am so excited to be here. I have heard so many good things about South Africa and it's all true."

Accompanied by a 16-piece string orchestra from Cape Town, violin prodigy Lucia Muciarelli and the Rhema Church Choir, he received a standing ovation.

Groban achieved instant stardom when he appeared on the hit television series Ally McBeal. His hordes of fans are known as "Grobanites" and millions of copies of his albums have been sold across the world.

On his first tour of South Africa, Groban wowed his audience at Sun City.

Last night he took time to shake hands and chat to members of the audience seated in the front row.

Twice he was called back to the stage with chants of "We want more" by the appreciative crowd.

He is performing at Kirstenbosch again tomorrow and on Saturday. His visit to South Africa is the final leg of his world tour promoting his latest album, Closer.