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Thursday, 05 January 2023 20:53

Grammy Award-winning musician Gregory Porter returns to SA in a sold-out affair.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

One of the greatest voices of our generation, two-time GRAMMY Award winning singing sensation Gregory Porter returns to South Africa. 

"See you soon South Africa! Coming for you at the end of the month to play six sold-out shows across Cape Town and Johannesburg! Feeling the love!" he posted on social media on Wednesday.

Social media users have expressed excitement for the Liquid Spirit and Hey Laura hitmaker's performances.

They have even called on the 51-year-old to make more tickets available.

Hailing from New York, seven-time GRAMMY nominee, Gregory Porter is easily recognised by his signature cap and "deep booming baritone". This highly talented musician, actor and recording artist who previously played in SA at the Joy of Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2015 has a long association with the people of this country and the African continent.

Over the past decade, Porter has taken the world by storm, bringing Jazz to the masses and collecting numerous accolades and acknowledgements. Known for his warm baritone vocals, singer and songwriter Gregory Porter rose to acclaim in the 2010s with his earthy, cross-pollinated brand of jazz, soul, and gospel. A gifted singer of standards as well as more contemporary soul material, Porter has earned favourable comparisons to his idols Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder.

He announced his arrival by picking up a Grammy nomination for his 2010 debut, Water. After signing to Blue Note, he gained even wider notice for his third album, 2013’s Liquid Spirit, which hit number two on the jazz charts, and won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Produced by Brian Bacchus, Liquid Spirit album landed at number two on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart. It also became the one of the most streamed jazz albums of all time, with over 20 million streams.

Earlier this year Gregory Porter was invited by fellow GRAMMY nominated vocalist, Somi to record the song "Love Tastes like Strawberries" as a duet, on her 'Zenzile, The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba’ album in tribute to Makeba’s 1965 album An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba.