One year without Ricardo

One year without Ricardo

TRIBUTE: Ricardo Groenewald

Show to celebrate 'I Love You Daddy' singer's life.

Today, marks a year since singer Ricardo Groenewald died and a tribute show is being planned to honour him.

On Sunday, December 4, a gospel extravaganza will be held at the Scottsville High School Hall to remember the I Love You Daddy singer.

Ricardo’s wife, Helen Groenewald, says she thought long and hard about a tribute show for the singer, who passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 43.

“From the bottom of my heart I prayed to God and asked that the performers at the show are blessed and pay a fitting tribute to him,” says Helen.

“I also decided that the show would be a tribute to the late Al Etto. We have the cream of the crop when it comes to the singers for the show to put on the best show possible.”

Gospel star Cheslyn Wiese will be performing at the tribute show, as well as Michael Muller who is travelling from Kimberley to be there.

A special performance of Ricardo’s 1987 hit I Love You Daddy is being planned.

Ricardo’s son Rick-Lynn Groenewald will be doing the vocals and Wiese will be accompanying him on the saxophone.

Helen says as the anniversary of her husband’s death drew closer she became more and more emotional.

She says: “Just a month ago my father passed away so its been a tough time for me, and I would also like to thank Johnnie (Koopman), the promoter for coming on board at such short notice.”

Koopman was at Ricardo’s bedside when he passed away and he says the singer’s legacy is important for him.

“About two months ago I had a dream and in the dream, Ricardo was still alive,” says Koopman.

Tickets for The Ricardo Tribute Show are R50 and available by calling 073 583 5052 or 062 859 3886.

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