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Joe Samy from the Seychelles rocks Cape Town

Joe Samy from the Seychelles rocks Cape Town ( In one of his first forays into South Africa, Joe Samy, the known singer and performer, painted a series of the Seychelles dreamscapes to a Captonian audience through a solid hour of melodious renditions from his latest “Seychelles” album.

Performing live at the Alliance Francaise in Cape Town on March 26, the Seychelles singer and performer mesmerized the 60 strong distinguished guests who had gathered in awe to be transported into another world. A world that lies in their fantasy, the top of the list destination to visit – all portrayed through Seychelles in paradise with the magic of the Creole touch!

The show was an initiative of David Germain, the Seychelles Tourism Board Director for Africa and the Americas. Joe Samy was invited to perform at the Seychelles evening, with the aim of promoting the island destination of the Seychelles within the context of the “Francophonie Week.”

The evening was infused with the Seychelles Takamaka Bay rum cocktails and smoked marlin canapes delicately prepared with subtle tangs of mango and passion fruit by four local revered ladies who have made the Cape Town their new home. Georgette Adrienne, Mary Marsac, Lynn Ernesta, and Marlene Germain spent the whole day preparing the delectable snacks adding a savory dash of exoticism to the “soiree.”

Mr. Germain said “It is a continuation of a good cooperation between the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Alliance Francaise of Cape Town as it is the second time that Seychelles participates in such an event, the first being two years ago,” and he reckons that such activities help to raise the destination’s profile as the local music is very much appreciated in South Africa.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture which is a very important element in our destination marketing mix,” explained Mr. Germain.

The evening then took a sentimental twist as members of “Just 4 Fun” - a music band that took folk and rock ballads to Market Street in the Seychelles some 20 odd years ago - comprised of Francis Marsac and Derek Savy - teamed up with Joe for an impromptu additional one-hour jamming session of sing-along folk, country and rock tunes, spiced up with local numbers. The repertoire and versatility of the songs seemed to take the audience by surprise, evoking a sweet sense of nostalgia.

The event was not only an opportunity to showcase the Seychelles local musical and poetic talent, but to also raise the awareness of the destination among the invited guests through a video projection, brochures, and other documents to take away, a speech by Mr. Germain and, of course, the stellar performance of Joe Samy.

“And the mother city thoroughly rocked the night away to the tunes of these Seychelles island boys bent on sharing a piece of their little paradise in musical harmony,” said a South African couple at the Seychelles and the Alliance Francaise evening in Cape Town.


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