By Tara Rippin • 27 January 2020 • 10:42
FIFTY years of incredible music was packed into an amazing live tribute to the legendary Tina Turner at Benidorm Palace on Sunday.
Celebrating the musical career of one of the most popular “Rockers” of our generation, “What’s love got to do with it” is an energetic theatre show featuring the powerful voice of Elesha Paul Moses.
Within seconds of hitting the stage, ‘Tina Turner’ wowed the capacity audience with her phenomenal voice – uncannily similar to that of the iconic superstar – and her well practised moves.
The brand new touring theatre show, in Benidorm for one day only, promised “a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits”, and they did not disappoint.
The fantastic vocal talent of Elesha (Whitney – Queen Of The Night, The Voice in 2013, X Factor in 2010) was put to the test as she belted out Tina’s most-loved classic hits, including Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more.
Supported by full 10-piece live band, the musical arrangements were stunning, enhanced by brilliant lighting and great choreography.
It’s no surprise the performance was the work of the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney – Queen of The Night.
Elesha, told Southend Theatre Scene that she began singing at 13, mimicking others and listening to the likes of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
“Funnily, I didn’t really listen to Tina Turner when I was younger, my parents played her music in the car, but it wasn’t what I took to at the time.
“I didn’t know I could sound like her (Tina) until I just gave it a go. It wasn’t perfect straight away but I’ve progressed the sound over the years.”
Adding that it’s practically impossible to pick a favourite, she admitted if pushed, it would have to be Proud Mary – and judging by the audience’s reaction at the weekend, Tina fans were in agreement as the majority of the Benidorm Palace guests jumped to their feet in appreciation.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
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