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Adnan Sami rocks Durban and Johannesburg
By Fakir Hassen, IANS
Indipop singer Adnan Sami wowed South African fans during his shows in Durban and Johannesburg singing hit solo numbers, playing melodious tunes on the keyboard and cutting jokes.
The shows held over the weekend had fans asking for more unlike his last visit when the portly Sami hardly moved from behind his keyboard and left fans disappointed.
This time round, Sami presented a world class show with well-choreographed numbers, good lighting and sound system and a well synchronized band.
Sami allowed band members playing wind instruments like the trombone, trumpet and clarinet solo bits while he entertained the audience with animated actions which were as energetic as his distinctive voice.
Even breaks between songs as he sipped water were turned into entertaining comedy as Sami joked about his huge weight, dieting and exercise.
Sami has mastered the technique of using pregnant pauses to create audience anticipation and excited reaction like a master showman.
Proudly pointing out his parents and brother in the audience, Sami asked them not to worry too much about what he did on stage because he was sometimes ashamed of it himself afterwards!
He kept fans happy by rendering solos for three-quarters of an hour in two stints.
However, the supporting singers were not up to the mark.
Opener Raj Ali's 'golden oldie' renderings were a washout with noisy backtracks trying to ape remixes.
Shweta Pandit, who has performed here earlier with Sukhwinder Singh, was good but the audience apparently did not want more of her. She realized this when they did not react strongly to her question of whether they wanted to hear her sing the first song of her career, from the film "Mohabbatein". She promptly did just two lines and bid them goodbye.
But Sami and his musicians provided the fans with their money's worth. He had the audience eating out of his hands with his dexterity on the keyboards.