Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler) – Miranda Tini & Jazz Band
“Shozaloza African Voices” and Jazz Band:
Albert Combrink (Piano & Musical Director), Darryl Andrews (Bass), Alvyn Dyers (Guitar), Ivan Bell (Drums).
Miranda Tini’s extraordinary voice has thrilled audiences locally and internationally in roles as diverse as Jezibaba from Dvorak’s Rusalka and Mariah in Porgy and Bess praised at the Cardiff Millennium Centre in Wales, for her “powerful stage presence and equally powerful voice.” (Bill Kenny: Music Web International). Here she surprises Cape Town with a knock-out Jazz Number.
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Read more about the original show here.
See photos from the shows here.
Live Amateur footage from the Oude Libertas Amphitheater Show, Stellenbosch, South Africa, February 2014
“Stormy Weather” written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. in 1933. Ethel Waters first sang it at The Cotton Club night club in Harlem in 1933 and recorded it that year, and in the same year it was sung in London by Elisabeth Welch and recorded by Frances Langford. It has since been performed by artists as diverse asFrank Sinatra, Clodagh Rodgers, and Reigning Sound and most famously by Lena Horne and Billie Holiday. Leo Reisman’s orchestra version had the biggest hit on records (with Arlen himself as vocalist), although Ethel Waters’s recorded version also sold well. “Stormy Weather” was featured in the 1943 movie of the same name.
The song tells of disappointment, as the lyrics, “Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky”, show someone pining for her man to return. The weather is a metaphor for the feelings of the singer: “stormy weather since my man and I ain’t together, keeps raining all the time.”
The original handwritten lyrics, along with a painting by Ted Koehler, were featured on the (US) Antiques Roadshow on 24 January 2011, where they were appraised for between $50,000 and $100,000. The lyrics show a number of crossings out and corrections.
Ethel Waters’s recording of the song in 1933 was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Library of Congress honored the song by adding it to the National Recording Registry in 2004.
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