Singer Mujahid George will be at the GrandWest Arena come next week Saturday as one of the opening acts for Marmalade Promotions’ 10th anniversary show, alongside international star Tevin Campbell.
Mujahid has really grown over the past two years into one of Cape Town’s most loved and recognisable performers, slowly but surely making his mark like our icons of yesteryear, Zayn Adam and Taliep Petersen.
There are many performers in the Cape, but most of them have had short careers.
However, in the case of Mujahid, one can tell that he is not just milking the industry for all his worth while he is on top; he is forming lasting relationships with people which can only add to the longevity of his career.
Most performers have to travel far and wide to make a living.
But I think in this case, just like with Elvis Presley and Adam, Mujahid could perform his entire life in his home town and still have a sustainable career.
He has also managed at a young age to create a signature song although it is not an original - his rendition of Tina Turner’s hit song Simply the Best is, quite simply, the best.
It blows audiences away every single time he performs the song because it is so uniquely different to hear a male doing a Tina song.
Mujahid also performed with Grammy Award-winning boy band All-4-One when they came to Cape Town last year and still has a good relationship with the members of the band.
To any young person interested in music, there is a valuable lesson to be learnt from Mujahid, and that is that networking and establishing good relationships in the industry is the key to a healthy long-lasting career.
The boy from Bo-Kaap is one of the most humble performers and respected by his peers for his professionalism.
“The feeling of sharing a stage with any international act is always overwhelming,” says Mujahid.
“Cape Town is small compared to the world, yet we have so much talent to showcase.
“I’ve been afforded great opportunities through music, and worked with Grammy Award winners like Celine Dion and All-4-One.
“These people are the ones we listen to all the time, yet you don’t think you’ll share a stage with them.
“Now another dream of mine is coming true again. I listened to and know every Tevin Campbell song.
“In all honesty, my vocals were compared to his by Superwoman singer Karyn White when she was here in South Africa, so I am so excited to do this.
“Lastly, Marmalade Productions have been doing these big concerts and creating nostalgic moments for thousands of people and I’m doing this to celebrate that.
“I hope Cape Town will come out and show us some love.”
It has been quite exciting for me to watch Mujahid’s career blossom into the Cape Town powerhouse that he is destined to become.
With every performance he pays tribute to our legends, he even shows his love for the late Adam by sometimes wearing his suit on stage.
The Marmalade show is on 27 July at GrandWest. Tickets available from Computicket.