Cole van dais (pronounced Colay van day) has done 1000’s of shows and sold many albums independently. She has performed solo and as a band in SA, Namibia, England, Scotland, The Isle of Skye, Europe, the Mediterranean islands and the Seychelles, at corporate functions, casinos, festivals, theatres, schools, hotels and many other venues.
She has had the privilege of sharing the stage with popular artists such as Village people (The Carousel), Julian Marley (World peace concert), George Harrison from the Beatles (Hari Krsna centre in Watford), Peter Strycher (ex partner of Freddie Mercury – at Pizza on the Park, London), Michaela (Malta’s pop idol, at The world song contest), Rushlana (Eurovision 2004 winner from Russia), Ladysmith Black mambaso, Malaika, Watershed, Mango groove, Cucumber Zoo, Henry Ate, Just Ginger, Boo (Chris Chameleon), , Patricia Lewis, Steve Hofmeyer, and many more artists.
Cole has performed at 100’s of events in South Africa and Namibia as well as international festivals such as The 35th Anniversary of the Idependence of Seychelles (Freedom Park, Seychelles), and in the UK at the Ukkasie festival , Earlscourt festival, Nottinghill carnival, Edinburgh festival, at Pizza on the Park and a holiday resort and hotel tour.
Cole is not only a great singer but an accomplished TV presenter. Her TV show, ‘Mind, body, spirit’, broadcasted from London’s SKY TV for 2 years, had over 1 million viewers and was broadcasted in a prime spot on a Friday night, before she decided to return home to South Africa after 7 years abroad.
As a songwriter she has written many songs including the number one Afrikaans hit (East Rand stereo), ‘Daai tipe meisie’, ‘The Human Rights song’, ‘Heartless’ (The Anti-Rhino Poaching song) and ‘Tears with champagne’ which reached the top 20 in the World Song Contest in 2006.
She released ‘The James Bond Golden hits tribute’ album online and in Look & Listen stores nationwide, and performs a James Bond hits tribute show amongs other fully outfitted tribute shows of ABBA, Shania Twain, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox / Eurythmics, Roxette, Madonna & an 80’s show and a Christmas carol show. Six of the songs on her first Afrikaans album, ‘Dink aan my’, was on display at the Fan Stand at Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf, which gained her many international fans. In 2012 she was selected by Eurovisionary, amongst only 4 other groups in Africa, to enter to represent Netherlands and Norway in The Eurovision 2012 contest.
She went quite far (but did not quite reach her goal of representing a country, which she believes she will continue to strive for), which gave her lots of international exposure in articles and on radio. She did however get the part of one of the presenters in the Eurovision 2nd Chance competition which will be broadcasted in about 50 countries.
Cole also has many songs available online in genres such contemporary, world music and pop. She sings cover songs by artists such as Shakira, Celine Dion, Vaya Condios, Laura Branigan, Jennifer Rush, The Pretenders, Cher and many more.
As an actress, Cole has much experience and has starred in lead roles in musicals such as ‘Grease’, playing the role of Rizzo and touring Scotland with this UK production; and in the pantomime ‘Cinderella’, she was Cinderella. She starred as Prince Harry’s girlfriend in his documentary, ‘Prince Harry laid bare’ broadcasted on ITV (London); acted as Gloria (the singer) in ‘The Conversation Collector’ (Surrey Film Institute); as the South African TV channels representative in ‘Ant and Dec’s Alien Autopsy’, and featured in Midsummer Murders, The Rotters club and Family Affairs as well as acting in corporate videos for Sheraton Hotel (Heathrow) and doing voice overs for various radio adverts.
Cole was also the spokes model for ‘London Heart Radio’, representing them at major events across the UK; and she modelled for Anne Summers and La Femme as well as featuring in two of the exclusive collector’s art books by Italian photographer, Marco Sanges.
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