Gregory Porter set to perform in South Africa in 2023

Hailing from New York, Porter will begin his tour at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town on January 21. This will be followed by three concerts in Johannesburg at Montecasino’s Teatro on January 26, 27 and 28.

The tour, titled An Intimate Evening with Gregory Porter, is presented by local promoter Showtime Management. It won’t be Porter’s first time performing in South Africa after performing at the Joy of Jazz festival in 2014 and 2015.

“Whether he’s recording, broadcasting or living on stage, Gregory Porter’s stature is far greater in the hearts of his South African fans,” said Tony Feldman of Showtime Management. “We look forward to welcoming this musical giant back next year.”

Over the past decade, Porter has taken the world by storm, bringing jazz to the masses and garnering numerous accolades and recognitions. Known for his warm baritone voice, he won acclaim in 2010 with his earthy, crossover brand of jazz, soul and gospel. A gifted singer of standards as well as more contemporary soul material, Porter has earned favorable comparisons with his idols Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder.

Porter announced his arrival by earning a Grammy nomination for his 2010 debut album, Water. After signing with Blue Note, he was even more noticed for his third album liquid spirit, which reached No. 2 on the jazz charts and won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Produced by Brian Bacchus, liquid spirit album landed at number two on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart. It also became one of the most streamed jazz albums of all time, with over 20 million streams. Some of Porter’s albums include Take Me to the Alley, Live in Berlin, Nat King Cole & Me, One Night Only – Live At The Royal Albert Hall, All Rise and Still on the risea double album that includes 34 new songs, duet covers and a hand-picked selection of his most beloved tracks.

Of the collection, Porter said, “It’s been my music so far, but it’s not a ‘Greatest Hits’. They often come at the end of someone’s career, and I always feel new and young in mine. I have a lot more to say.

“There is always something in an artist’s career that people don’t know about; I wanted to bring it to their attention. The title of the album echoes my last, All stand upbecause I’m reiterating something obvious in my music and the new songs here this uplifting optimism about life and love. It’s an unfinished story for me, both musically and personally. And I’m still learning how to do that. Still on the rise.

In early 2021, Porter was asked by Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Somi to feature on a song “Love Tastes like Strawberries” from her fifth studio album. Zenzile: the reimagining of Miriam Makebaa tribute to Makeba and Harry Belafonte’s 1965 album An evening with Belafonte/Makeba.

Tickets for the Cape Town and Johannesburg shows are available here and hererespectively.