3 Tons of Fun has emerged over the last 8 years as one of Cape Town’s most loved-all female groups! Perfect for corporate events and conferences through Speakers Inc
Bulelwa Sakayi (Mezzo Soprano)
Bulelwa Sakayi was born and raised in East London. She moved from home to Cape Town to study chemical engineering.
With music as a major way of emotional expression, Bulelwa realized that her studies were not emotionally challenging enough.
This led her decision to go into the performing arts.
She received classical training, singing as a soloist in choral choirs and she also joined an actor’s agency.
Bulelwa has travelled internationally performing to a number of film productions such as the Golden Bear winner UCarmen Ekhayelitsha as Frasquita.
She has also appeared on TV and on the theatre stage on numerous occasions.
She joined 3 Tons of Fun in 2007, having never felt more at home.
Michelle Thomas (Alto)
Michelle was born in Cape Town, with childhood memories consisting of camping, laughter, fun, cousins, aunts, uncles and family get-togethers.
Her favourite story is of her father (a vocalist/ drummer in a band called ‘The Shindigs’) who passed away.
Extremely close to her dad, she believes the seed of her future was planted at this early stage of her life.
Singing has always been Michelle’s lifelong dream.
She showcased her natural talents in high school on stage, but her first real stage performance was in the Baxter as a vocalist in a school initiative called ‘Music Active’.
Her mother stumbled upon an advert in the paper for the 3 Tons of Fun auditions; the rest was history!
“3 Tons” has harnessed my talent and uncovered a stage persona that not even I knew existed.
My journey with the group has allowed me the honour of performing for Helen Zille, the King of Jordan, Sol Kerzner and Cyril Ramaposa, to name but a few.
We have also been blessed with extensive travel, locally, other parts of Africa, as well as Asia. Overnight my 9 to 5 work week was transformed into a glamorous jetsetting lifestyle filled with exciting new people!
My personal favourites were singing before an internationally renowned audience at the opening of Sol Kerzner’s magnificent “One and Only Hotel” in Cape Town.
Among the guests were Jonathan Butler, Mariah Carey, Hugh Masakela, Sharon Stone, Thandi Newton and a whole host of other celebrities!
Another highlight was “Skouspel” at Sun City where we performed alongside the cream of South Africa’s artists, Dozi, Emo Adams, Marc Lottering, Robbie Wessels, Koos Kombuis and others.”
Sthe Mfuphi (Alto and Mezzo)
Born and bred in Durban, Sthe is known by friends and fans as ‘Saxy Sthe’. A passionate singer by birth, she never believed that her voice would take her places.
Since studying Jazz at the Natal Technikon, she has concentrated on her singing. After finishing her diploma in light Jazz music in 2002, she moved to Cape Town and has worked as a music teacher ever since.
She has been teaching theory of music, voice, ensemble, improvisation, keyboards and ear training at the Athlone Academy of Music and Jazz Workshop.
She too joined The 3 Tons of Fun in 2007, where her popularity grew in leaps and bounds.
Sthe currently performs with her own group as lead vocalist, Sthe and the Untouchable Dudes.
The 3 Tons of Fun ladies have performed for the following corporates:
Ernst & Young
Pick n Pay
Many prestigious events at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel and at Kelvin Grove
Evita Bezuidenhout’s 80th birthday party in 2005
The group were invited to perform at SABC 3’s Talk Conference in early 2006 and at the Woman of the Year function in July of that year.
3 Tons of Fun – Corporate Entertainers first international engagement was in Thailand in September 2006 to entertain Pick n Pay franchises from all over the world at their annual conference.
Since then, they have travelled to Switzerland, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, Ghana, Seychelles and Namibia as well as wowing audiences throughout South Africa and performing regularly at conferences at Sun City and various other prestigious events!
3 Tons of Fun – Corporate Entertainers have recently returned from performing in the Seychelles, and are currently in studio recording 2 original singles as well as their first album, which will be a combination of original tracks and their most well-loved cover tracks. Follow SI on Twitter
“More tons of voluptuous fun … when they are looking the three divas can have any crowd eating out of their hands.” …Peter Tromp, Cape Times
“BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY – THEY JUST BRING THE HOUSE DOWN … The 3 Tons of Fun – Corporate Entertainers are glamorously substantial, to say the very least, and once again they are demonstrating their power to hold an audience and leave them clamouring for more.
The moment word got out that On Broadway had a four-day gap and the Three Tons were going to fill it, the patrons began packing in, for the gals have built up a loyal following on the cabaret circuit. I could watch them all night” …Derek Wilson, Cape Argus
“WOMEN WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD VOICES” …The Herald, Port Elizabeth“Love, the nastiest, yet the most joyous sensation in our human frame of reference. And we deal with it so badly clutching comfort food, razor blades and bawling buckets through our tear ducts.
And it takes three large ladies to remind us that the idealised versions of romance and goo-goo emotions we see on screen isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. 3 Tons of Fun-Corporate Entertainers takes us on a pleasurable journey of self-discovery.
Don’t be alarmed when the penny finally drops and from the playlist you realise ‘Ohmigosh that’s so my life unfolding on stage !’ – Three Tons of Fun is great the first time around, but fantastic with a second viewing. Do see.” … Sergio Ben, Cape Argus
“THREE TONS OF TALENT AND PLENTY OF FUN … For some time Three Tons of Fun has existed in a universe of it’s own. There simply hasn’t been as durable and ubiquitous a stage / cabaret act as these three larger-than-life divas.
A cultural phenomenon, the women have taken Cape Town by storm, and at the end of this show, when the audience showed their appreciation with roaring approval, it was as satisfying to this reviewer as it must have been for the perfromers.
They have enough razzle-dazzle to fill at least two full-scale musicals. One senses a synergy between the performers and if it continues, the whole world beckons.” …Peter Tromp, Cape Times
Full Professional Sound rig
Qualified sound operator (sound technician NOT a DJ !)
1 x laptop with CD-rom to play backtracks from
3 x on stage monitor
3 x cordless radio microphones (no microphone stands required)
(microphone check to be done by sound engineer BEFORE sound check please, sound check is merely to check sound levels)
Dressing room or private designated area
3 x chairs to sit at whilst doing make-up
5 x comfortable chairs or couch to relax on
Mirror/s (to use to put make-up on, does not need to be full-length, just needs to be big enough for them to sit and do their make-up at, could even be 3 standing table mirrors)
Bottled still water (room temperature)
Softdrinks (Coke, Coke Light, Lemonade)
Light snacks (to please be in the dressing room upon arrival) including nuts/biltong/chips/sandwiches/finger snacks (or similar)
Hot meals to be provided x 4 (5 if in Cape Town or if driver travels with them)
After performance – Castle Lite beers in dressing room or in venue if girls are asked to remain in the venue
Table with 3 bottles of still water
Towels/napkins (preferably cotton, not paper)
If travelling (flying or in transit) over meal time S&T to be given
Any airline acceptable but no flights before 10h00 if possible
If performance is in Sun City or Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg please fly them to Lanseria.
All accommodation to be SINGLE rooms and of SA 3-star standard or higher
Travel for 4 people (3 Tons of Fun and manager)