John Maytham talks to Katrina of Katrina and the Waves.

John Maytham's unofficial theme song is Walking on Sunshine by Kartina and the Waves. John has played the song since CapeTalk’s inception. It’s his feel good song, improving his spirits and that of his listeners. John got to return the favour by bringing some sunshine into none other than Katrina Leskanich’s life. After John’s warm welcome, Katrina exclaimed it was the most spectacular introduction she’d ever had!

Walking on Sunshine has been broadcast over two and half million times in the US alone. Katrina attributes its contagious following to the physicality it inspires. “It’s always been a song that’s difficult to dance to but even your dad can jump up and down to Walking on Sunshine without looking too foolish”.

Katrina reminisced about the first time she heard the song, “It was the early 80’s. We were rehearsing on a military base in England, Kimberly Rew rode his bicycle 30 kilometres to rehearsal, he was suffering from bronchitis but said, ‘I’ve just written this song,’ and proceeded to play it on his guitar”.

At the time Katrina didn't think much of it but four days later she still couldn't get it out of her head. Sunshine wasn't an overnight wonder, they’d play the song and remarkably the crowd would start to dissipate. Finally, after recording a few different versions Walking on Sunshine was recorded by Capital records. The producer put in a fancy drum introduction at the beginning and it worked!

It’s ironic that a song so positive has tragic and even political associations. When Hurricane Katrina hit, Katrina had 429 000 hits on her website. Then US presidential candidate Michelle Bachman used it as her campaign song. Katrina couldn't endorse her ‘strange’ policies so insisted Bachman stopped using it. Happier times include Dolly Parton’s cover version. “The song has a career of its own it’s really weird”, said Katrina.

With the success of Sunshine it’s easy to forget their other songs. In 1997 Katrina and the Waves had a massive Eurovision hit that broke all records with Love Shine a Light.

Katrina split from the waves in 2000 and now performs as a solo artist. Katrina from Katrina and The Waves will be performing in SA as part of the “Kia 80’s Rewind” concert.

Tickets are available from Computicket at a starting price of R420. Grandwest: 5 February.

Read More
Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial School in Bonnievale gives hope for the future

Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial School in Bonnievale gives hope for the future

A heartwarming story of a community working together to create a no fee school of excellence with a generosity of spirit.

"Withdrawal of Mandela book a form of censorship"

"Withdrawal of Mandela book a form of censorship"

UP Publishing professor Beth le Roux argues that Penguin Random House did not have to withdraw the controversial book.

Faith Muthambi snubs Parliamentary Committee meeting

Faith Muthambi snubs Parliamentary Committee meeting

MPs have agreed to issue a summons for her to answer questions in the national legislature and pay costs of meeting cancellation.

Bird flu hits Heidelberg area of W Cape

Bird flu hits Heidelberg area of W Cape

MEC for Economic Opportunities Alan Winde says cases have been picked up on two farms in the Heidelberg area.

What's up with the red jersey Bokke?

What's up with the red jersey Bokke?

Many critics argue that the colour change of the Springboks away jersey is just a marketing ploy to get consumers to buy more.

Knysna Fire Report: Telltale signs of human activity at origin of fire

Knysna Fire Report: Telltale signs of human activity at origin of fire

Knysna Chief Fire Officer Clinton Manuel says the findings of the report do not conclude the fire was set deliberately.

Popular articles
Best bank ad ever? Andy Rice reviews Investec’s “you’re more than data”

Best bank ad ever? Andy Rice reviews Investec’s “you’re more than data”

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the advertising expert about the best and worst new advertisements.

Police apparently mulling over warrant of arrest after Grace Mugabe a no-show

Police apparently mulling over warrant of arrest after Grace Mugabe a no-show

EWN understands that lawyers representing the Zimbabwean first lady are negotiating with officers at the Sandton police station.

[LISTEN] 20-year-old SA woman traumatised by Grace Mugabe's assault

[LISTEN] 20-year-old SA woman traumatised by Grace Mugabe's assault

Gabriella Engels says she is saddened by people who are calling her names on Twitter before they understand the full story.

Traffic gridlocked as Imizamo yethu residents make their way to Cape Town

Traffic gridlocked as Imizamo yethu residents make their way to Cape Town

About 40 minibus taxis, in a convoy at a very low speed, are transporting Imizamo Yethu residents into CT for a planned protest.

Words you’ll hear: Grace Mugabe's latest nickname

Words you’ll hear: Grace Mugabe's latest nickname

Find out why Zimbabwe's First Lady should be dubbed with the moniker 'extension cord'.

Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Gore about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Ocean Basket gives franchise owner the chop after assault video

Ocean Basket gives franchise owner the chop after assault video

The man was immediately divested of his shares and is no longer part of the group, explains Ocean Basket CEO Grace Harding.

WATCH: Cape schoolkids 'starstruck' after Trevor Noah,  Charlize Theron drop by

WATCH: Cape schoolkids 'starstruck' after Trevor Noah, Charlize Theron drop by

Oaklands High principal Reza Patel says it was an extremely exciting experience for both the learners and staff. We can imagine!

CoCT explains new electricity tariffs

CoCT explains new electricity tariffs

Following residents concerns over new electricity tariffs and properties being re-evaluated, Johan van der Merwe provides clarity.