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Mike and The Mechanics re-release classic with SA township singers

Prior to their visit to South Africa, Mike and The Mechanics will release a new version of a popular song, which will feature a collaboration with the Cape Town group of singers, the Isango Ensemble.
The group's founding member, Mike Rutherford; the only remaining original member of the band, told Eyewitness News that the new incarnation of the band will be re-releasing their number one 80s hit 'The Living Years' in a few months.
This new version of the song will feature the Isango Ensemble, a South African theatre company that draws its artists mainly from the townships surrounding Cape Town

Initially a member of Genesis, which he founded with keyboardist Tony Banks, Rutherford started Mike and the Mechanics in 1985, as a side project. With a lot of water under the bridge, the band currently comprises a line-up of entirely new musicians, who will be gracing our shores in August.
Speaking to EWN, the 62-year-old musician revealed that he actually spends a lot of time in South Africa

"I have a house in Cape Town; I'm a regular down there," he said.

"I bought some land on the Mechanics tour in the 80s, in Bantry Bay, with no plans to build a house. We did [build]] a few years ago and I love it down there. I'm a regular... you see me cycling on the road. I did the Argus last year; it's a wonderful part of the world."

Starting off in Johannesburg, Mike and The Mechanics will play at the Sun City Superbowl on 17 August, and at Carnival City's Big Top Arena on 18 August. They then head to Cape Town for a concert at the Grand Arena in the GrandWest Casino on 20 August.

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