South Africa’s singing street sweeper releases debut album
This former street sweeper swept away the competition during the 2010 season of SABC2’s South Africa’s Got Talent, winning over viewers and judges alike with his soaring vocals and his true, heartfelt empathy with the opera arias he was singing.
In the year since walking off with the title, he has not been idle – having been in constant demand for corporate and charity events, as well as dazzling audiences during concerts such as the Huisgenoot Skouspel, the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and Last Night of the Proms, and performing with the likes of André Rieu and Katherine Jenkins.
Now, Bhemgee is releasing his hotly anticipated debut album and will be available early April at all leading retail music stores from R99.99. The album is also available to buy through his website,
The ten-track album features a selection of beloved arias and songbook standards, including ‘Nessun Dorma’, ‘O Sole Mio’, two versions of ‘Ave Maria’ (Schubert and Bach), ‘Nella Fantasia’, ‘Gira Con Me’ (the song he sang during the SA’s Got Talent final) and Grenada.
Also included are the numbers Some Enchanted Evening, Impossible Dream and, in a dream duet with SA’s Got Talent judge and performer extraordinaire Ian von Memerty, a stirring rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
Says Bhemgee: “This CD is a dream come true for me. All I have ever wanted was for people to hear me sing. I have had an unbelievable and magical journey since winning SA’s Got Talent. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along this journey, and thank you to everyone who continued to believe in me and support me.”
He has been living his dream for the past 24 months, but Bhemgee now has another goal: for his album to reach platinum status (selling more than 40 000 copies).
You voted for him on TV – now you can hear his amazing voice bringing beautiful, classic songs to life. Visit your local music store or www.jamesbhemgee.co.za to snap up the ultimate gift of quality home grown music. Oh, and be sure to buy a copy for yourself while you’re at it!
Vincero – My Victory Track Listing:
Gira Con Me
Some Enchanted Evening
Ave Maria (Bach)
Never Walk Alone (feat. Ian von Memerty)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
O Sole Mio
(Created: 15 March 2012)
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