Simply the best: How local star Borole became Tina Turner
Soweto-born Caroline Borole shines in the international tribute show ‘Tina: Simply the Best’
It has taken more than a decade but Soweto-born Caroline Borole has moved into the limelight and taken centre stage. Now, as the star of the international tribute show Tina: Simply the Best, she is not just getting her Tina Turner growl on, she is working hard to get her legs on par with those of the iconic singer.
“No pressure, but Tina has legs for days. That’s because she worked them on stage,” Borole, 34, jokes.
She was 10 years old when her dad David first introduced her to the music of Tina Turner, and the sounds of the Motown label were a constant backdrop in her music-loving family. The album The Soul of Ike & Tina Turner sparked her interest in jazz and blues.“I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to do this; I grew up listening to Tina Turner so I know all her songs. When the opportunity came, it only made sense that I audition. I feel like this is something that has been on the cards, like it was destined to happen.”
Having grown up in church, Borole says she now has to put aside her hymnbook to learn the raucous, gritty mannerisms of the 1980s pop sensation.
After Borole completed her studies in musical theatre at the Tshwane University of Technology she had to slug it out as a back-up singer for years, but slowly and steadily the shows become bigger and brought more exposure.Borole is the third South African in the past two years to score an international tribute show. This year Port Elizabeth-born singer Belinda Davids took the stage as Whitney Houston in The Greatest Love of All, and born performer Dantanio Goodman from Kimberley became the King of Pop in The Michael Jackson HIStory show.
Goodman and Davids have been touring the world with their tribute shows after being discovered by renowned Australian director and producer Johnny van Grinsven, who owns Showtime Management.
He said he’s a proud supporter of South African talent.“The South African personnel we have had the pleasure of working with over the last 10 years have fitted well into this professional environment,” Van Grinsven said.
Borole’s international tour kicks off next year with shows in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the US.
Unlike the other tribute shows, Tina Turner is still alive, so now Borole is “cautiously” dreaming that she will come to see one of the performances and give it the thumbs up.
• Tina: Simply The Best will début at Emperors Palace on August 31 and run till until September 16.