Winner of the GMT SABC 2 Award for the Best Solo Female Vocalist 2005, Helena Hettema who earlier this year also received The Herald Showtime Award for the best cabaret in 2004 for “Divided Heart” at The Barn Opera House, Port Elizabeth, is bringing her latest cabaret “Divas Divine” to this year’s National Arts Festival.
Helena who is also a Vita and SAMA nominee, takes one on a musical journey in “Divas Divine” to experience the pathos, tragedy and humour in the lives of some of the world’s greatest divas of song. On this CD and in the show “Divas Divine” which she conceived and compiled herself, Helena provides a glimpse behind the scenes into the private lives hidden behind the public image of these great divas.
Piaf, Minelli and Marlene leave their timeless mark. Peggy Lee sets the stage alight while Simone and Billy give us the “Blues” and we cry with Marianne and Joplin. Then Vera Lynne makes us remember and we hear our own “Mama Afrika”, Miriam in her well-loved click song.
“And boy can she sing, Hettema has a voice that ranges from crushed silk to wet gravel and she uses it with sensitivity and skill. It was a stirring performance…great opportunity to see one of South Africa’s finest performers in action.” – Peter van der Merwe – The Pretoria News (22 November 2006)
“PEHerald – There is no doubt that you will want this brilliantly sung album from an award winning star, on your cd rack.” – November 2005
“Grahamstown National Arts Festival – A classic vocal exhibition which can easily be regarded as one of the best productions of the festival” – July 2005
“Powerful voice that touches the heartstrings” – Business Day.
“Hettema is multi-textured and resonant – a voice that aches and soothes” – Mail and Guardian
“Top class performer, oodles of talent, soulful, sensitive voice” – Citizen”