Neo on cloud 9 following successful annual concert


Neo Motsatse, the young South African violinist, could not have had a more rewarding first performance for 2018 than her seventh annual concert, Neo Motsatse the Concert (NMtC7) held at the Linder Auditorium, Parktown in Johannesburg.

“It was a dream come true” exclaimed Neo excitedly when approached for comment about the concert.

Accompanied by the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of popular conductor and radio personality, Kutlwano Masote, this WIPHOLD and ZANENZA sponsored concert had something for everyone.

Western art classical music lovers were treated to beautiful renditions of Antonio Vivaldi’s movements of Summer and Winter from the composers best known Seasons Concertos. Lovers of contemporary pop music could not help but tap to the musical cocktail ranging from Michael Jackson’s hit “Human Nature”, Mirriam Makeba’s “Aluta Continua” and even the popular South African ‘spiritual’ “Avulekile Amasango”. There was even live tango dance performances to Astor Piazolla’s “Libertango” and the melodic “Oblivion.” Not surprising as it has become the tradition in Neo’s concert, the concert concluded with the audience on their feet and dancing to the upbeat and entertaining performance of the TKZee’s “eShibobo.”

Combining music, live dance and wrapping it all up with the Awards ceremony in recognition of the young women who are active in Neo’s community involvement initiative, Girl Power South Africa (GPSA), was a treat and emotional upliftment to the near capacity crowd at the one thousand seater venue. The piano solo performance of Neo’s eleven year old younger sister, Teboho, was a befitting conclusion to a culturally and artistically rich day.

“Each year we see how Neo grows by leaps and bounds, not only as a performer but also as a human being. For me this concert set a new and higher bar for the future concerts that Neo will host,” remarked Fezeka Motsatse who is Neo’s Mom and also manages her as an artist.

Asked what was in store for her next, Neo let slip that she will be leading her own musical production at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July in celebration of the centenary birth of Mrs. Albertina Sisulu. This is likely to be one of the must see shows in Grahamstown for this awardee of the Standard Bank Ovation award for music 2016.

Neo can be followed on her social media pages or on instagram  neo_motsatse.


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