Sunday, October 7, 2012

Micheal Castaldo 'dazzles'

The house lights dim, and Bozena Castaldo steps out from behind the curtain to welcome the (enthusiastic) full house. Dressed in a beautifully tailored black cocktail dress enhanced simply with a string of pearls, she looks exquisite.

“Hello and welcome, and thank you for coming,” she says. “Twenty years ago I arrived from Poland into Chicago as a new immigrant, trying to make a life in a new country under a lot of pressure. So to release my stress, I listened to a lot of music to soothe myself when a friend gave me a (tape) and said that I had to listen to this artist. So I did, and I fell in love with the voice and the music.

A few months later I came from Chicago to New York and living a single life, I met the artist. I was instantly dazzled, by the music and the man. Fortunately for me, he was single. So the past is past, the present, and the future and let me introduce to you my terrific husband, fantastic father, brilliant musician, and Italian entrepreneur. Have a great time.”

With that, the crowd applauds generously and the curtains open to even more applause as Micheal Castaldo steps onto the stage. Behind him, magnificent moving imagery projecting images of his beloved Italy. To his right, the string quartet from the Richmond County Orchestra and center stage, four magnificent dancers. The Hyblart Dance Company is a modern Sicilian dance ensemble and have come from Ragusa Marina in Sicily for today’s concert.

Castaldo opens with ‘Il Mondo’.

Any concert that opens with such a beautiful introduction spoken so lovingly is unquestionably destined to be a performance filled with love. And that is exactly how the rest of the afternoon played out – with a generous outpouring of love.Micheal Castaldo (always with his hat) looks impeccable dressed in black, a white button down shirt, pocket kerchief and a red rose on his left lapel.

His stage presence is ‘enormous’. Warmly, he welcomes his adoring audience and introduces his string quartet and the dancers. 'Notti di Luci' follows performed in Italian and English, and you cannot help but believe that “And I love you, yes I love you”, sung with such passion, is dedicated to his beautiful wife Bozena.With much pride and a beaming smile, Castaldo announces that he will be singing on The Red Carpet at the Columbus Day Parade in New York City. The crowd goes wild.

'I te vurria vasà' comes next and Micheal interjects “You know the words to this song – join along” and the audience does. There is much joy in the auditorium – you can feel the excitement. The sound is full, the voice, impeccable, and the visual – dazzling.

Sitting in the dark watching and hearing, one feels as if you are transported on an exotic journey to Micheal’s beloved homeland – Italy. The staging is simple, sunning, and very, very ‘effective’. So simple that it is a multi dimensional spectacular feast for the eyes.

“This concert is dedicated to an incredible, incredible friend who passed away in July. I met her two years ago at Hofstra University at a festival, and even though we only met two years ago, I felt like I’d known her for a very long time. She battled breast cancer for many years – she was a survivor. Many of her family members are here this evening and I want to dedicate this next song to Lorena."He performs 'Pray’r (Io Credo)' in memory of Lorena. There is not a dry eye in the house. The song is performed from the heart of a very kind, caring, and enormously generous man – you ‘feel’ it. His facial expressions are so very heartfelt and meaningful. You can tell that this is his ‘heart’ singing.

Next up is a personal favorite of mine, the 'Va Pensiero' (composed as Castaldo jokingly puts it by Joe Green aka Giuseppe Verdi) for the majestic opera Nabucco.  Micheal brings a new height of sensation to this piece – he performs with enormous passion – a past master of his enormous talent. He weaves the glorious music with ‘stories’ of his life, his ‘passions’ and entertains with much grace. Every now and again, a (tongue in cheek) joke brings the audience to roars of laughter.

And as lovingly as the afternoon began, the momentum continues. ‘He lives in you’, ‘Senza catene’, and ‘Brucia la terra’ follow, each performance as immaculate and well presented that one (with closed eyes) might thing that you are enjoying a studio recording. The voice is strong, articulate, warm, and ‘enormous’.

Visually, the production looses no momentum at all. Castaldo has orchestrated a phenomenon on stage. At most, with the string quartet and the dancers, including Castaldo, there are at any one time only 9 performers on stage and yet, the visual with the projected imagery and fluid dance movement is simply spectacular. The stage appears to be full. You are on a virtual journey filled with the glory of the music and the camaraderie between the artist, his fellow performers and most importantly his adoring audience is connected as if everyone were a part of the production.

Micheal continues with ‘Guarda questa terra’, ‘Alleluia’, the world premier of ‘Calabrisella Mia’. 'Calabrisella Mia' is a traditional Calabrian folk song with a flamenco vibe, sung in the Calabrian dialect and will be featured in Micheal’s new CD to be released in 2013. By the time he completes his afternoon performance, he and his audience are ‘one’.

A spectacular, spectacular performer, Micheal Castaldo takes music to the highest of heights. He performs with majesty and grace. He is generous with his warmth towards those who have come to enjoy the performance. Always articulate, Micheal Castaldo is, and will always remain one of my most favored performers and I highly encourage anyone who has a love for Italian music and culture, to keep watching his website ( for his future live performances. See him. You will enjoy time in his presence that will not easily fade from your memory. Castaldo’s fine music is available online – get it – this is music that every Classical-Crossover genre admirer MUST own!

What touches me the most takes place at the post concert reception.A woman walks up to Micheal and with much heartfelt expression in her face, and voice, she says, “Thank you for taking me home to my beloved Italy today, and for rekindling my warmest and most heartfelt memories of my parents who formed part of those first immigrants who came to the United States.”

Any performer who can connect his audience to their heritage with such enormous intensity is with no doubt, enormously gifted and talented.

Castaldo definitely is!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Okavango Delta & Camp Savuti – 5-days/4-nights – SAVE $250 p/p

This exclusive 2AFRIKA African safari special is unquestionably another one of those amazing safari specials that you simply cannot afford to pass up!

Combine this safari with the Victoria Falls, and Cape Town, and you will have created a memory of a lifetime that will NEVER fade!

Mapula Lodge has become synonymous with providing a true wilderness offering. It is situated in the northern area of the Okavango Delta just outside the Moremi Game Reserve, which in turn enables the lodge to offer a full spectrum of activities, all with a guide and tracker. Mapula lodge is a land camp and water camp with day and night drives (guide and tracker), bush walks, boating and mokoro excursions.

The Savuti has developed a reputation over the years as a prime area to view predators in Botswana, especially lion and spotted hyena. The Savuti lies within the Chobe National Park and boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent. The Savuti Channel itself was a river and in 1982, it abruptly stopped flowing. The event was so unusual that it was extensively covered by various wildlife documentaries. Miraculously, in 2010, the Savuti starting flowing again!

This exclusive offer, only available from 2AFRIKA, includes:

4 Nights accommodation in accommodation with private bathroom facilities at Mapula Lodge and Camp Savuti

All taxes

Fully inclusive meal basis

Charter flights routed MAUN / MAPULA LODGE / CAMP SAVUTI / MAUN

Safari Activities daily

National Park entrance fees


$2,435.00 p/p sharing for the entire package


2AFRIKA PASSENGERS PAY ONLY $2,085.00 p/p for this unforgettable experience!

Daily from November 01, 2012 through March 31, 2013

Monday, August 20, 2012

7-Day Botswana Safari and Victoria Falls – only $1,699 p/p

JUST LAUNCHED – 2AFRIKA has updated its popular 7-day/6-night safari to Botswana and theVictoria Falls. Starting daily from the Victoria Falls International Airport, this safari has a start price of only $1,699 per person sharing.

All accommodation is included, 12 meals, 10 safari activities, and a full day excursion to the Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe. Click Herefor the full itinerary and Book Now to enjoy the Labor Day ‘special’ valid for travel any time through the end of 2013.

Consider combining A Season of Plenty with a 7-day/6-night stay in Cape Town starting at only $899 per person sharing and enjoy ‘The Lions Share’.

CLICK HERE for everything you need to know – and then,Contact Us so that you can take advantage of this great offer whilst it lasts.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gloria Gaynor LIVE on One Voice Radio with Kenneth Hieber and Felipe Rose of Village People

At 8:00PM EST tonight (August 08, 2012), the incomparable Gloria Gaynor is our guest on ONE VOICE RADIO. Tune in simply by CLICKING HERE and enjoy the evening with your hosts Kenneth Hieber and Felipe Rose of Village People – as always, it is destined to be an enormous amount of fun.

This evening’s episode of ONE VOICE RADIO is brought to you by America’s trendsetting destination specialist,2AFRIKA for all your travel needs to Africa.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Village People’s Felipe Rose and Eric Anzalone head to Africa on Safari

Legendary performer Felipe Rose, the Native American of Village People, and J.E.  Anzalone, the biker in the group are heading to Africa on safari and you’re invited to join them.

Their luxurious 8-day/7-night (excl. flying time) safari visits Kenya’s bustling capital city Nairobi (1 night), Mt. Kenya(1 night), Samburu National Reserve (2 nights), and the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve (3 nights). The accommodations are of the finest quality that Africa has to offer. In Nairobi, guests will stay at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel. Further afield on safari, accommodations are at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, originally the retreat of movie star and Club founder, William Holden. The Club's illustrious former members have included Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby.

Samburu Intrepids is the luxurious choice for the visit to Samburu National Reserve and in the south-west, accommodation has been arranged at the classically luxurious Mara Intrepids tented safari camp overlooking the Talek River, at the very confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing areas.

All transportation, inter African flights, sumptuously prepared meals (23) and all safari game viewing activities are included in the unbeatable price of only
 $4,499 per person sharing accommodation. A single supplement of $1,299 applies to guests who wish to enjoy the privacy of their own accommodation. This exclusive safari originates in Nairobi on Saturday, January 12, 2013 and terminates in Nairobi on Saturday, January 19, 2013. An early-bird saving of $250 per person applies to all reservations received by August 31, 2012.

Space on this very exclusive departure is limited to
 only 40 guests and you’re encouraged to make your reservation as soon as possible. Further details are available on request by contacting Kenneth Hieber via

International flights are not included in the shown price but assistance can be provided.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Gloria Gaynor LIVE on ONE VOICE RADIO with a special tribute to Donna Summer

Kenneth Hieber
and Felipe Rose of Village People continue their legendary Summer Series on ONE VOICE RADIO on Wednesday, August 08, 2012 at 8:00PM (EST) with our very SPECIAL GUEST – Ms. Gloria Gaynor.

Gloria, in keeping with our 'Summer on Summer – a tribute to the late Donna Summer' series performs her remix of singing a collection tribute in memory of Donna Summer – the first time heard on radio ever! So join us – you’re in for a treat.

In addition to this great tribute, Gloria, Felipe, and Kenneth, will catch up on 'old times', what she has been up to since she was last on the show … and of course, you can expect to hear many of her great performances.

We end tonight with the 'Highlight Round Up' a segment which briefs you on your hosts’ best restaurants, best musical theater experiences, best new recording artists to watch, and much more. Estela Nena AKA Mambo Queen weighs in with her selection also.

Join Kenneth Hieber and Felipe Rose on ONE VOICE RADIO and on Face Book to stay informed. Click Kenneth Hieber, Following Felipe, and ONEVOICE RADIO, and become friends.

This episode of ONE VOICE RADIO is brought to you my America’s trendsetting destination specialist 2AFRIKA, INC. for all of your African Safari Reservations.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A ‘Great Spirit’ indeed – meet Jimmy Lee Young

With well-deserved Awards too many to mention, CLICK HERE and you will soon realize that Jimmy Lee Young is no 'ordinary' performer. He is exceptional!

Last night on ONE VOICE RADIO, Native American performer Jimmy Lee Young delighted hosts Kenneth Hieber and Felipe Rose of Village People as well as our international audience with his words of wisdom and three tracks off of his album 'Great Spirit'.

Jimmy’s most recent very well deserved awards are; Winner at the 2011 Nammys for Best Music Video; 5 time nominee, twice winner at the 2011 Indian Summer Music Awards for Best Country and Best Folk Song. Currently triple nominee at the L.A. Music Awards for best Album, Best Male Singer Songwriter, and Best Hot Adult Contemporary Single for 'Dreamer'.

Ending all his communication with "Rock On!", we urge you to get your own copy of Jimmy’s latest record 'Great Spirit' – you can get a download from and all of his albums are available at CD Baby – simply click the links to be directed straight to the appropriate page and get your own copies now.

Both Kenneth Hieber and Felipe Rose are left with no doubt that sometime again in the future, Jimmy Lee Youngwill return to ONE VOICE RADIO for a full show until which time as he always says, "Rock On!" He certainly is an artist who deserves to be in your music collection.

To keep up to date on Jimmy’s music, meet him on Face Book.

CLICK HERE to LIKE ONE VOICE RADIO on Face Book and get entertainment news as it breaks.

ll ONE VOICE RADIO episodes are available On Demand by CLICKING HERE. You can also download our FREE podcast from the Apple iTunes Store simply by clicking hereEnjoy the show!

Memories are made of this - legendary entertainer Deana Martin plays New York City

Internationally acclaimed entertainer, Deana Martin, performs to sold-out audiences worldwide.

An accomplished actor, Top-10 recording artist, and daily nationally syndicated radio personality, in her best-selling book "Memories Are Made Of This – Dean Martin through his daughters eyes", Deana delights in sharing wonderful, never-before-told stories about her father and his “Pallies” known as the Rat Pack.

In 2009, Deana released her new hit CD "Volare", working with multi-Grammy Award-winner Al Schmitt and now, New Yorkers get to see her perform LIVE at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency.

To keep up to date on Deana’s performance schedule, CLICK HERE and LIKE her on Face Book.

'Deana Sings Dino' opens on August 14 at 8:00PM and runs through August 18, 2012.

Tickets are available at ticketweb or by calling the Box Office on 212-339-4095. Call or go online NOW!

A special thank you to Deana for sharing her voice on ONE VOICE RADIO last night, August 01, presented by Kenneth Hieber and Felipe Rose of Village People.

See you at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency for what promises to be an amazing night Making Memories!

CLICK HERE to LIKE ONE VOICE RADIO on Face Book and get entertainment news as it breaks.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Africa – ON SALE NOW – 10-day safari for only $2,999 p/p

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ Summer Sale now extends into 2013.

2AFRIKA has combined this limited availability sale airfare with its best selling Kenya Safari for the March / April / May 2013 season starting at only $2,999 p/p. (no single supplement applies during certain periods).

Air inclusive from JFK (other destinations available on request), this 10-day package visits Mt. Kenya, Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, and the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve.  19-Meals are included as well as 8 safari game viewing drives, all National Park entrance fees, Government Taxes, service charges and hotel taxes.

CLICK HERE to review the itinerary and applicable dates

BOOK NOW – space is limited and prices are subject to change without notice.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mario Frangoulis performs in Boston

Internationally acclaimed Tenor and Classical Crossover Artist Mario Frangoulis teams up with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops joined by special guests Hayley WestenraAlkistis ProtopsaltiGeorge Perris, and composer Stephan Moccio in a special performance to debut in the USA, the highly anticipated new international release:Beautiful Things.

Boston Pops Orchestra - Keith Lockhart, Conductor
June 21st 2012 - Symphony Hall Boston MA
$35.00 - $150.00

Tickets on sale Thursday, May 17, 10AM!

Click Here to reserve tickets 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Will & Anthony are a brand new old

Dubbed by The Wall Street Journal as “blessed with strong voices and leading man looks” and by The New York Times as “displaying an engagingly brassy professionalism,” Will & Anthony Nunziata are enchanting audiences around the US and worldwide with their acclaimed concert act. The brothers perform fresh arrangements of Broadway, Classic Standards, and Italian music along with their fun and improvised comedic interplay with each other and their audiences.

From New York City to Singapore, the brothers headline their concert at theaters, performing arts centers, symphony orchestras, and private events around the world. They have yearly week-long engagements at New York City’s Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and recently performed in Avery Fisher Hall as part of "Sondheim: The Birthday Concert" celebrating the 80th Birthday of Stephen Sondheim. On television, they have been featured on Good Morning America, NBC-TV's Columbus Day Parade, and The Rachael Ray Show.

Will & Anthony’s debut album, “Make Someone Happy,” will be released February 9, 2012 at a Barnes & Noble performance & signing event in New York City. Digital download of the album will be available soon after. The album is an intimate collection of some of their favorite songs from Broadway and the American and Italian Songbooks.

Join Will, Anthony, and Kenneth Hieber on One Voice and enjoy an evening of delightful music, and an exciting announcement regarding Africa.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Egypt Spring Special

April 30 – May 08, 2012 ONLY $1,595.00 p/p sharing INCL. Air from New York City

9-Days / 8-nights visits Cairo, Aswan, Luxor – featuring 5* Luxury hotels and a 4-day/3-night Deluxe Nile River Cruise

International air from JFK and domestic flights within Egypt in economy class
Fully escorted from arrival into Cairo
Tours to – The Giza Plateau featuring the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities for a visit to King Tut’s Treasures
All shore excursions during the Deluxe Nile River Cruise
International buffet breakfast and dinners daily plus lunches on the cruise
Port fees, service charges and taxes