Soul in the Moonlight

Otis Redding III will perform for the first time in Spain in March.
Otis Redding III will perform for the first time in Spain in March. / SUR
  • The son of one of the most legendary soul singers in the history of modern music is coming to the Costa del Sol

Otis Redding III, whose father had worldwide hits with '(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay' and 'These Arms of Mine', is to perform at the Moonlight Lounge in Benalmádena on Friday 24 March.

Otis Redding, known as 'The King of Soul', left his son with a musical heritage that extends far beyond the hit records for which he is famous.

Otis junior has been bestowed with his father's unique musical gift and he has put his talent to good use. Aside from touring and performing, Redding has been composing and arranging music for almost 25 years.

During the show in Benalmádena, which will be his first in Spain, he will perform many of his father's greatest hits, as well as popular gospel and old-school soul songs. He will be joined on stage by two of the coasts most popular soul singers.

Mike Harding and Simone Lisa are a husband and wife duo who regularly perform their gospel-inspired music at venues along the Costa del Sol. They persuaded Otis Redding III to come to Spain, which, as Mike told SUR in English, was not hard to do.

"The idea came about after my wife and I had performed with Otis at the O2 arena last October. We were performing at a soul revival concert that included Otis Redding III, Shakatak, Rose Royce and Imagination," Mike said.

Simone's father is a member of '80s funk sensation Imagination, famed for the hits 'Body Talk' and 'Just an Illusion'. She is also the niece of Grace Kennedy.

Mike's roots are firmly embedded in gospel and he has also had a long career in music. The couple struck up a friendship with Otis and they stayed in contact by phone and e-mail.

On their return to Spain following the O2 gig, they set about their plans to bring him to the coast.

Mike and Simone, who form 2 True Entertainment, the promoters of the concert, soon had everything in order. Otis agreed immediately and the possibility quickly became reality.

The concert will be held in the Moonlight Lounge at the Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena Costa on Friday 24 March. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Tickets, which cost 35 euros, can be purchased online, although the promoters are expecting a full house, so early booking has been advised.

VIP tickets, which includechampagne on arrival, meeting the artists at an after-gig party, and a signed photo of Otis Redding III, have already sold out.

2 True Entertainment is also planning to bring other legendary artists over Spain. They already have Mica Paris lined up, and with their connections, we should soon see a steady flow of 80s legends heading to the coast.