You’re not a true Adelaidean if you aren’t aware of Kamahl and his baritone presence in the musical scene of South Australia (and the nation). FYI – this cheeky septuagenarian attended Pembroke School in the eastern suburbs in the 50s.
Whether you’ve seen him on Hey Hey, It’s Saturday, X-Factor, The Chaser’s War on Everything, or any other of his vast appearances and guest appearances, Kamahl has had quite a significant impact on the musical and entertainment culture of this country.
This evening, Kamahl was here to divulge us in his journey, from his birthplace in Malaysia to Tamil Hindu parents, to the festive City of Churches. Most entertaining were his stories (undoubtedly fabulously accompanied by his deep, reverberating trademark voice) complemented by songs and musings … including a soulful rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler … eat your heart out).
By no means are the songs a feat of musical brilliance, and there were some awkward tech misfires (wrong songs played) … but that wasn’t the ethos of this performance. What was presented was a heartfelt and entertaining tale of love, travel, and one cheeky lothario who still has some impressive moves to woo the ladies – albeit, moves that if anyone else attempted, would be retaliated with a sharp slap to the face. If I can be half as smooth at the prime age of 78, I’ve done something right in life.
Reviewed by Nathan Giaccio
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Season: 28 September 2013
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes