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Sunday, November 25, 2012


(Mel Botes)

Fans of Dire Straits shouldn’t miss the one-night-only performance of Sultans of Swing at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway tomorrow (November 26).

For the past three years, multi-talented musician and master guitarist Mel Botes, has tantalized audiences all over the country with his critically acclaimed musical performance, Crazy Diamond - a tribute to Pink Floyd seen at the same venue earlier this year. Audiences and critics agreed that he mastered the complexity and density of the Floyd in a way that none of the other tribute shows have achieved.

Now, by popular demand, he is presenting the next chapter in this remarkable series of stage productions with the long-awaited Sultans of Swing – a tribute to Dire Straits. Featuring the same pin-point accuracy in his playing, the same acclaimed band and the same delightful Botes touch, this show promises everything audiences have come to expect from the virtuoso. As in the case of his previous shows, this one features an overview of the complete anthology of the band and its enigmatic front man, Mark Knopfler.

The title is derived from their definitive song with the same name, which has become a standard in serious guitar playing repertoire. Well known Dire Straits songs included in the show are Money For Nothing, Walk of Life, Calling Elvis, Telegraph Road, Private Investigations, Romeo And Juliet, and the hauntingly beautiful Brothers In Arms. This list of box office hits is augmented by the popular What It Is, Your Latest Trick, The Man’s Too Strong and Heavy Fuel as well as some of Knopfler’s best solo tunes including Darling Pretty and Sands Of Nevada.

The show follows the careers of Knopfler and the band and portrays it in an original and entertaining way to the backdrop of visual material and the spectacular use of lights on stage.

The show is produced by Botes himself, and Mellet Moll, a familiar collaborator on various Botes projects and manager of the Crazy Diamond band.

Sultans of Swing tickets R130 pp booked through The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or e-mail For further information visit