Alive - DVD (2010)
It is 2010 and by chance also the year in which Helena will release her tenth CD and first DVD – “Helena Hettema Alive”. The DVD and bonus CD will be available countrywide by the middle of May. Accompanying Helena, multi-award winner (SABC 2 Geraas Best Female Vocalist, PE Herald Showtime Award, SAMA nominee and Vonk Award) and one of South Africa’s top cabaret artists in this tour de force are her brilliant pianist André Wessels and talented double bassist, Nippy Cripwell. This atmospheric DVD comprising 30 of Helena’s top favourites performed countrywide over the years, was recorded and shot with a live audience at the Centurion Theatre. Some of her legendary renditions of French songs are on the DVD such as “La vie en rose”, “L’Accordèoniste”, “Non, je ne regrette rien” and”Cent mille chansons” , “Et maintenant” as well as “She”, Brel favourites, “Mariek” and “Port of Amsterdam”. Contemporary favourites such as Leonard Cohen’s “Dance me to the end of love” and songs of Albinoni and Marianne Faithful are also featured. Some of Helena’s hits such as “Tolbos in die wind” and “Divided Heart” are also there as well as a new composition, “Goodbye to the living”. Old South African favourites such as “Mannetjies Roux” and “Sprokie vir ‘n stadskind” , “Toemaar, die donker man” are among the items as well as a new nostalgic song, “Rooiwynliefde” with lyrics by Marianne Venter and music by Christa Steyn and given to Helena to perform. The DVD also includes a touch of jazz. Helena who is multilingual sings in English, Afrikaans, French and Italian on this DVD, produced by Helena Hettema Productions and distributed by Jaco - (017) 634-2788. Her main sponsor is Rademeyer’s and Nikao Studios carried out the post-production editing.. And then just a little cherry on the top of the DVD will be Helena’s visit to Turkey to perform at a private function in the middle of July.