Tue Sep 17, 18:00 - Tue Sep 17, 20:00
HQ Restaurant

Kim Kallie Performance Academy students present VOICE RECOGNITION: an evening of entertainment, enjoyment and excitement for young performers and their supporters!

VOICE RECOGNITION promises to be everything you have come to expect from KKPA – professional and entertaining. We hope to see you there.

BOOK NOW for Tues 17 Sept at HQ Bar & Restaurant, Heritage Square in Cape Town. 

Date: Tuesday 17 Sept 2019

Time: 6:00 for 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Tickets: R195* each (includes HQ tapas selection). Seating is unreserved.

Musicians: Johan Laas (keyboard), Ariella Cairo (cello), Nicholas Ford (bass), Darren Pieterson (drums).

PLEASE NOTE: Doors open at 6:00pm. Show starts at 6:30pm sharp, so please allow time to find seating, order from the bar and be served before the show commences.

Ticket price includes delicious HQ tapas served from 6–6:30pm, and a cash bar will be available. Parking is available across the road from Heritage Square.

Stay for dinner afterwards and receive a free dessert! Please reserve a table in advance by contacting HQ at 021 424 6373, or [email protected]. Please mention you are a Showcase guest at the time of booking.

Warm thanks to our sponsors and collaborators: Eastern Acoustics, HQ, Mars Music, Judy Page-Ronen, Moshe Ronen, Bev Scott-Brown, Deb Jardine and others.

KKPA holds twice annual Showcases in order to develop students' live performance skills, with items selected to challenge and develop their technical abilities, range, and genre. Working together with Johan Laas, Kim uses her considerable experience as a performer, artist and songwriter, to identify, nurture and develop talent in aspiring performers.

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Carla Bernal
Age 13
Carla has been with KKPA since inception 5 years ago and has participated in every Showcase since. Carla performed with Divas for the “Divas Unite” Women’s day concert at the Grand West Arena, plus a number of school performances, both playing the piano and singing.
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Catherine Wichary
Age 14
Catherine performed at Divas Unite in 2016, and as Madame de la Grande Bouche in her school musical “Beauty & the Beast” in 2017. She has been part of her primary and senior school choirs since 2013, and loves playing the piano and guitar. She joined KKPA in 2017 and this is her 5th Showcase.
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Claudia Anderson
Age 17
Music has been a part of Claudia’s life as far back as she can remember – not a day goes by without her singing, humming or playing an instrument. Her passion for music grew over time and challenged her to try harder and expand her knowledge. Music is Claudia’s creative outlet, and her voice of expression. This is her first Showcase.
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Daniel van Houten
Age 17
Daniel joined the Academy at the end of 2018, and this is his third Showcase. He is currently in matric, and loves to make music with his friends. He also releases music independently.
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Daniella Jähnig
Age 15
Daniella has performed in various choirs and stage productions over the years, with a versatile vocal range from alto to soprano. She will be participating in her school’s Chorale at the World Choir Games in 2020. Daniella plays the violin, guitar, ukulele and keyboard, and is active in drama, modern dancing, and other sports. This is Daniella’s showcase debut.
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Grace-Ann Samson
Age 11
Grace-Ann comes alive when on stage performing and singing, and has been with KKPA since 2016. Aside from the performing arts, Grace-Ann represents Western Province for Chess, and is an avid tennis player. This is her eighth Showcase.
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Hannah Cragg
Age 16
Hannah has been a student of KKPA since 2016, and is a keen actress as well as nurturing her love of singing. In 2017 she participated in an acting workshop in New York. Hannah has recently been involved with Chicago the musical, her school production. This will be her eighth Showcase.
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Jessica Diggle
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Kristi Lowe
Age 22
Kristi has been performing since she was 15, at which age she produced her first single “I need more time” with SA band Goodluck. Since then Kristi has performed at a number of high-level charity, sports and awards events, as well as opening at the 2018 World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in Nice, France. This is her sixth Showcase.
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Meleah Ekberg
Age 18
Meleah was born in Sweden but has lived in Cape Town since 2004. She's been with KKPA since inception and loves her lessons and showcases, and has grown immensely as an artist. Meleah does music as a subject and is very active in the music life of the school. This will be Meleah’s last showcase before travelling overseas next year. 
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Rania Ahmed
Rania joined KKPA in early 2019 and is a newbie to the Academy. She is currently in Grade 10, and music has always been her passion. This will be her first Showcase – although she is no stranger to the stage, having performed at school from an early age.
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Sarah Pearce
Age 14
Sarah has been with KKPA since 2016, and received Eisteddfod Honours two years running. This is her fifth Showcase.
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Scot Jordaan
Age 17
Scot’s passion for music and especially singing started at the young age of five. He first experimented with keyboard and then moved to piano, and has recently discovered electric guitar as his true love. Scot joined the Academy in 2018 and this is his third Showcase.
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Johan Laas: Pianist and Music Director

Music captivated Johan from a very early stage in his life, as he started playing the piano at the age of 3. He joined his father’s band at the age of 15, and his love for music continued to grow. In the 70’s when it was still compulsory for young school-leaving men to join the South African Defense Force, Johan joined the Entertainment Group and toured around the country for three years with a 5-piece pop/rock band entertaining the troops.

 Johan's love for all genres of music took him on a journey, producing albums for local and international artists, composing and arranging variety TV shows, numerous extravaganzas, movie scores, radio station identity music, radio commercials and live concerts from 5-piece bands to full orchestras.

 International projects that he arranged and produced took him to France, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Belgium and Italy. Johan had 9 Artes Award nominations of which he won one. He also won the M-Net Movie Award for the best movie score in Africa.

 Locally Johan has worked with, among others, Soweto String Quartet, The Afro Tenors, Bruce Cassidy, Judy Page, Kim Kallie, Steve Hofmeyr, The Parlotones and Vodacom’s “Yebo Gogo”, Michael de Pinna.

 Johan joined the “Idols” team right from the start as Musical Director in 2002. He completed 8 seasons in South Africa as well as two in West Africa and East Africa.

Johan's Full Bio

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Ariella Caira: Cello
Ariella Caira, a UCT Theatre and Performance honours graduate-turned cellist, is a Cape Town-based musician and the permanent member of SAMA award-winning all-girl instrumental pop group Sterling EQ. The band has enjoyed local and international success, has performed widely internationally, is frequently featured in the media and on television shows and has released three DVDs. Originally classically trained, Ariella has a passion for chamber music and ensemble playing, and has performed in many orchestras and quartets over the years. She loves collaborating with and records frequently for other musicians across the genres, including artists such as Good Luck, Jeremy Loops, Shen Winberg, Aron Turest-Swartz and Paige Mac. Ariella is also a voice-over artist, a Fine Music Radio presenter and teaches cello at St Cyprian’s School for Girls in Cape Town. Apart from the performing arts, Ariella spends much of her time and energy exploring yoga, healing massage, meditation and trail running.
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Darren Peterson: Drums
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Nick Ford: Bass
Nicholas Ford is an aspiring 17 year old musician from Cape Town. He has been playing music since a young age, starting with piano and progressing to drums and bass later on. He plays regualr gigs with various school bands at Rondebosch Boys High as well as with his dad, and loves to perform. This is his 5th showcase as part of the band.
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Kim Kallie Banner
  • At 8 Years of age, recorded ‘Montreal’ with my mother Judy Page.
  • After matriculating - began as a frontline singer for numerous band in the Rock, Jazz and contemporary genres, under the leadership of Jahan Laas (MD of Idols) and Pete Smith.
  • 1982 - Played the ‘Mistress’ in ‘Evita’ at the State Theatre - the start of a career on stage.
  • 1983 - Played the ‘Narrator’ in’Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat’ at the Civic Theatre, JHB.
  • 1984 -  Recored as ’Margino’ for the first time.Sell out performances,all over SA, and within 6 months this led to a Platinum status.
  • 1985 - Hosted my own TV show - ‘A Portrait of Kim Kallie’.
  • 1984 - 1994 - My mainstay was Jingle singing in JHB.
  • 1986 - Co-Presented with Nick Taylor an educational children’s programme called ‘Harry’s House’, there were 3 series recorded. 
  • 1986 - Performed as the lead in many industrial theatrical and car launches all over SA.
  • 1986 -  Performed with Judy Page in ‘From Taubie with Love’, directed by Taubie Kushlick.
  • 1987 - Co-wrote and performed in ‘Circle of Love’ with Judy Page.
  • 1996 - Performed ‘Tell me on a Sunday’, - a one woman show by Andrew Lloyd Webber, - a sell out at Spier.
  • 1998 - Played Eva Peron in ‘Evita’ in Cape Town.
  • 1995 - 2005 - Lived in the UK.
  • 2007 - Returned to the stage to perform in ‘Menopause’ for Pieter Toerin.
  • 2011 - to date, The Performance coach for ‘Topstars’ an inhouse vocal competition for Shoprite Checkers.
  • 2013 - Co-Wrote and Co-Produced ‘Mom & Me’ with Judy Page (My Mom), Sarah-Paige (My daughter) and Johan Laas (My Friend) as the musical director.
  • 2014 -  Co-Wrote with ‘Goodluck’ the song ‘I need more time’, second most downloaded song on SA iTunes for 2 weeks.
  • 2014 - Co-wrote, updated and performed in ‘Mom & Me’ at Del Aire Graff.
  • 2014 - Sang with Ard Matthews on ‘Chefs who Share’ at Cape Town City Hall.
  • 2014 - Sang with The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Walton.
  • Currently and for the last 5 years, I have run my own Performance Academy from my studio.

Kim Kallie  082 560 4014 
[email protected]


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