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Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Tonight, October 29 2003

For more than two decades the most famous white woman in South Africa has been entertaining audiences with her sharp wit and sometimes scathing, but always funny, social and political commentary.

Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout may have been a little quiet lately, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been busy.

The stalwart of SA politics (and good friend of Pik Botha) recently released her second CD, Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus.

The latest offering is a live recording of a show performed at Evita Se Perron in Darling on Freedom Day in 2002. While this collection of "revisionist history of old SA" is dated, it is by no means out of date.

The show, which has been a runaway success for Evita and her creator Pieter-Dirk Uys, is still regularly performed in Darling with updated material.

Uys continues to prove that he is a formidable force as satirist and entertainer and his unique brand of humanity is certainly timeless.

Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus is by far one of the most entertaining collections of comedy from the former SA ambassador to Bapetikosweti.

Featured on the CD are classic one-liners as "The Cactus of Democracy, erect and full of affirmative pricks going in all directions" and a reference to Jan van Riebeeck as "an escaped Dutch convict that came to steal chickens from the Bushmen".

It also features two songs by Alan Sayers, Ballad for Evita and Evita for Queen.

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