Tribute Tina Turner : NUTBUSH
Born in Port of Spain Trinidad, just off the coast of Venezuela, Mona comes from an island of sun and color, music and carnival : a land where people know how to party..
The sixth in a family of seven, Mona has a mixture of Bolivian, Scottish, Irish and Indian and running through her veins : an explosive combination !
During her childhood, thanks to her mother’s piano playing, she sings along to all the popular standards and early on, discovers a passion for soul, r n b, rock… and the divas of pop and jazz. At 18 she leaves for London and becomes the lead singer of an original composition pop/reggae group where her first show takes place .. at the mythic London Marquée !
She meets other musicians, and auditions for an American group, the Platters. The lead singer at the time, Ernest Wright, former member of “Little Antony and the Imperials (“Tears on My Pillow”), had just taken over from Tony Williams, too ill to continue touring. Kenny Seymour (also ex” Little Antony”) and John Cheatdom (The Velours), completed the lineup. In the company of these Rock N Roll Hall of Fame stars who grew up singing ‘doowop’ and tap dancing on the street corners of Harlem, she learns first hand of the era of the Apollo club, the Alan Freed tour, their stories of other great artists : Ray Charles, the Supremes, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Ike & Tina Turner…
For 14 years Mona tours over 30 countries with this group whose departure point, thanks to a Belgian manager, was ‘le plat pays’. On tour she composes but never finds the time to record until she takes the decision to leave the group, join forces with the Mick Jagger of Belgium, Bouldou, and record “Another Woman” (Bang), On stage Bouldou sings the Rolling Stones, so Mona sings Tina Turner…and her tribute show was born..