Tina Turner fans are in for a treat come 31 August 2018, as Caroline Borole takes on the role of the legendary songstress in a dazzling two-hour full-scale stage production at Emperors Palace in Tina: Simply the Best. South African-born Borole will be backed by a live band as she performs Turner’s biggest hits, including Simply the Best, What’s Love Got to Do with It, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, Private Dancer and many more.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in the South Western Townships, otherwise known as Soweto.
Which artist or songs currently feature on your driving playlist?
Tina, Tina, Tina! Besides normal radio, she is all I listen to.
Any favourite local artists?
Well I am really loving Durban-born songstress, LaSoul. She has some sultry vocals that are hip and happening right now.
What the last song you sang in the shower?
It was actually Defying Gravity from Wicked, the musical. I studied Musical Theatre so I’m always churning out the tunes!
What was the first CD you ever bought?
The first CD I bought was: Brandy Norwood’s debut album, Brandy. Before that I had a whole cupboard full of cassettes and LPs.
Who is your ultimate inspiration in life – musical or otherwise?
I draw inspiration from strong women in my life and industry ladies too. My mother is at the top of the list of course, but my biggest musical influences are divas like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Miriam Makheba and Dorothy Masuku, to name a few.
How did you crack it in the music/“showbiz” industry?
I have been singing from an early age. Right from school, straight into studying Musical Theatre – ever since I can remember, I have been singing. It was only natural that wherever I went, music would be right there with me. The music industry is tough to crack into, but once you do, you have to keep on pushing the boundaries by working hard, and being hungry for success.
How does it feel to be performing the music of such a legend?
It feels incredible to sing songs from a living legend who is still a force to be reckoned with. Miss Tina is a show that female performers dream of performing on stage, and I get to live that dream so it’s pretty special.
Will this be your first time performing at Emperors Palace?
I have performed at the Palace of Dreams before, so it feels like home – and it’s always good to be back home.
Give us a quick rundown of what we can expect from the show?
The show is jam packed with all the tunes we know and love from Tina. Its highly energetic, full of exciting and electric rock ballads and tunes. There is a song for everyone, young and old! It simply doesn’t disappoint!
Go on, give us sneak peek at some insider info of the show…
I won’t give away everything, but I can tell you that, with a full-band with a horn section, two amazing dancers and a talented backing vocalist, the show is truly ‘Simply the Best’!
Who’ll be in the front row of the Tina Turner show, cheering you on?
My greatest supporters of course – my family and closest friends! In all honesty though I want all of South Africa to see this show. They will be buzzing with good old rock ‘n roll joy!
Starting from tomorrow, 31 August until 16 September 2018, Tina: Simply The Best will be performed in the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace. Tickets start from R180 per person and can be purchased through the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297/1213 or from Computicket.