lionel@elvistributesa.com

 
I would like to start by saying that there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who like Elvis Presley…and those who you shouldn’t be associated with. My very earliest childhood music memories involved the music of the King. I was born in Bulawayo Rhodesia, now Bulawayo Zimbabwe in 1972. We would often live in the most rural towns across Zimbabwe. There wasn’t much in the lines of entertainment in these small mine towns, so I would spend a lot of my time listening and singing to my mother’s record collection, comprising of old time greats like Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course Elvis Presley, just to name a few. I instantly became a huge Elvis fan to say the least, there was something in the way that guy sang that just spoke to your soul. As a child he just seemed larger than life to me, I think even to this day he seems that way. Looking back I must have really appeared to be a weirdo, as all other kids my age were listening to Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden and other bands of the time, not to say that I didn’t appreciate those bands, but my heart and soul was stuck with the King and that was pretty much it.

I got my first guitar when I was around 14. I learned to play that guitar in no time at all, and was soon playing all my favorite tunes that I had spent so must time listening to on vinyl.

In 1989 we moved to South Africa. South Africa was a whole new world in comparison. It was alive and vibrant and full of activity.I began to take part in talent competitions, singing my heart out to anyone who’d listen. In 1991 I won a National singing contest at the Rand Show, it was a contest that spanned 27 towns across South Africa, choosing the best of talent in each town to compete at the finals hosted at The Rand Show. This was a very proud moment for me and my family. It was then that I realized that those years of listening to the King had paid off. I won that contest and was awarded a cash prize and this trophy.

I enjoyed the reaction that I’d get from an audience and would really love to share my God given talent with them. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. If I hadn’t lived in those rural towns growing up, I would never have listened to those records and had those great influences that rubbed off on me. I have since played in many bands,covering a variety of different music ranging from early Elvis to present day Rock hits and ballet from bands such as U2 and Bon Jovi but am now dedicating my talent and time to my “Elvis Tribute Show". I do all eras of Elvis, including the 50s, 60s and 70s eras. I have jumpsuits that are exact replicas of the real deal. I know that many people would have loved to have seen Elvis Presley perform live(me being one of those people), but unfortunately were never able to have that opportunity. So what I try to do is give people as close an opportunity as possible. Elvis had it all, the voice the looks of a Greek God and a charisma that was second to non, he never had to take a back seat to any performer, he was after all the King, an absolute one of a kind. I try my best to give people the sensation of seeing and hearing what they would have, had they attended a live Elvis Presley show. In 2003 I won the Elvis National Impersonation contest held at Carnival City. I won a cash prize and the following trophy: