Q&A with Uncle Cal ahead of Aretha Franklin tribute with 4 Tons of Fun

It’s time to banish the lockdown blues and groove to the rhythms of the Queen of Soul who is the epitome of Woman’s Day: Aretha Franklin.

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And who better to do this than the girls who are renowned for entertaining a crowd like no other — 4 Tons of Fun? Add a ninja DJ into the mix and its a party…

For seven days — starting on Sunday 9 August at 19:00 their The Age of Aretha tribute show will be available to stream on the www.covid-zero.co.za.

‘Jits’: Rapid fire Q&A with Uncle Cal

The South African fired chatted to “ninja DJ” Calvin Peters, aka Uncle Cal, ahead of the show about life in general, his favourite SA albums, Bruce Lee and an afro blowing in the wind… 

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Calvin Peters aka Uncle Cal aka Afro DJ aka Kung Fu Panda. Image: Supplied

The new decade means?

Reboot with fresh sounds and ideas. Adapt. 

Fame is about?

Being able to make a difference in whatever sphere of society you can contribute to with the talent you’ve been blessed with.

Retirement will happen when?

I depart this realm.

I don’t do?

Shopping. I hate queues.

What does music mean to you?

Music is my first love.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work ?

Evoking euphoric vibes and seeing the appreciation from people during  a performance

Any funny moments on stage?

I played a set on a cruise once and a strong gust of wind came out of nowhere .I had my headphones in one hand and my afro in the other! That was more embarrassing than funny!

Your heroes?

Bob Marley and Bruce Lee. I love their quotes. Most of my disciplines stem from their philosophies.

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Barack Obama. I love his orations.

What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t have a most treasured possession. Material things really don’t matter that much to me anymore. When I entered the midlife crisis phase, my outlook and philosophies on life changed.

Moments in time and unforgettable memories are what I cherish the most.

It’s your round…what are you drinking?

I’m not a big drinker…but its whiskey and water or soda

Dream gig?

My dream gig is a disco tribute in Time Square, New York 

What makes you stand out?

My hair makes me stand out I have a bad hair day even on a good day

Nicknames?

Afro Ninja (behind my back…Kung Fu Panda!)

If you were not a musician  what would you do?

That’s a tough one Unemployed! I have been in the music business my whole adult life one way or another.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Funny, Entertaining, Professional, Cute & Gorgeous ….especially the last two!

Five favourite SA  albums of all time? 

  • Pacific Express – On Time
  • Dollar Brand – Mannenberg is Where It’s Happening
  • Joy – Paradise Road
  • Tony Schilder – Introducing the music of Tony Schilder
  • Juluka — Scatterlings

Greatest movie ever made?

12 Years a Slave.

What song changed your life? 

Rolling Down a Mountainside by The Main Ingredient.

Who do you love?

My wife.

What is your favourite word?

Pedantic – I can be sometimes

Favourite fashion item 

My pyjamas.

Give us some real proper slang and what it means 

Jits (amazing)

Top of your bucket list?

Paris or New York (whichever comes first)

Your greatest achievement?

This was raising R60 000 in 48 hours to assist the late Tony Schilder to cover his medical bill for a life-saving operation. I am very proud that I was able to make a difference.

What do you complain about most often?

About getting too hot or too cold .I hate extremes

What do your fear?

Heights

Happiness is?

A warm blanket over or under your feet in winter and Netflix.

On stage I tend to?

Get in the zone and I become forgetful sometimes and mess up the order of things. Set lists can become shuffled unintentionally but its gone down well without the audience being aware.

The best life lesson you have been taught?

Always respond to messages from all kinds of people. No one is more important than the other

Do you get worked up while watching a sports game on TV ?

Sometimes, but I am not really a sports nut. 

Where would you like to be right now?

Hawaii.

Do you do charity work and if the answer is yes – what are you involved in at the moment?

I am on the board of an organisation called Band Aid SA. Through the organisation, I try to assist musicians who have ailments or medical needs by arranging fundraising events.

That scope has now been extended to assist society in general as we have a Winter Blanket Drive to distribute blankets to shelters, NGOs and soup kitchens

Wishes and dreams?

My aspirations are to develop into a global brand.

Al Jarreau only got his break in his thirties and well, Susan Boyle, is another story…so who’s to say an old dog can’t learn new tricks?

Watch and listen: Uncle Cal behind the decks:

4 Tons of Fun and ‘The Age of Aretha’

Following the untimely death of Aretha Franklin in August 2018, the three founder members of 3 Tons of Fun, Sthe Mfuphi (Saxy Sthe), Bulelwa Sakayi (Beautiful Bee) and Michelle Thomas (Mysterious Mich) has joined up with powerhouse Soi Soi Gqeza, to produced a fitting tribute to this iconic singer.

In this performance, these four women — Sthe, Bee, Michelle and Soi Soi — with their amazing voices will pay tribute to Franklin in what will be a celebration through song of the life of a woman who has influenced generations of singers and touched the lives of so many.

Just add Uncle Cal to guarantee tons of fun!

Tickets cost R50 and is available at heroticket.co.za

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