BY BILLY SUTER
MANY remember him as the cute member of 1970s South African pop-rock band Rabbitt, a heart-throb who went on to join teen idols Bay City Rollers.
He was also noted as the younger brother of the late Bill Faure, the writer-director of the epic 1980s TV series, Shaka Zulu.
Not much may have been heard locally of Duncan Faure since those heady days of success, but he is not only alive and well and living in the US… but heading for Durban soon for a performance in Westville as part of a national tour.
He will entertain with Rabbit and Bay City Rollers songs, as well as new material, at the Roy Couzens Theatre at Westville Boys’ High School, Wandsbeck Road, at 7pm for 8pm on March 19.
He will also be performing elsewhere in the country, at Barnyard Theatres.
Good news is that popular and versatile Durban band The Reals will be backing Faure locally – Barry Thomson appearing on guitar, Dawn Selby on keyboards, Jason Andrew on bass and Mali Sewell on drums.
Tickets cost R250 (booking is open at Computicket outlets) and patrons are encouraged to tale along their own drinks and snack basket. Seating is unreserved.
The visit is arranged by Stormproduktionz and Love Local Live.
Faure’s career has spanned some four decades, starting in the mid-1970s with Rabbitt, a group whose hits included Locomotive Breath, Charlie, Hold On to Love, Dingley’s Bookshop and Lonely Loner Too.
After Rabbitt disbanded and when the Rollers popularity began to wane, he went on to form Karu, a trio with fellow Roller Stuart Wood, which had a hit with Where is the Music.
In 1988, Faure contributed to Madonna’s Who’s That Girl? soundtrack with his single 24 Hours. Although this song departed from his usual style, Faure showed his versatility, and it paid off – the album reportedly sold 5 million copies.
In the ’90s, Faure composed a son, which was to be later dubbed by many as a peace anthem. The song was Let It Be Right.
A CD titled Come & Get It was released in 1993, and Let It Be Right was included, along with another South African single, There’s a New Today.
Let It Be Right was performed by George Benson at the 1993 Miss World Pageant and sung by a mass choir of 500 primary school aged children in the 1994 RAG Song For Peace Choir Festival.
Faure’s career continued with the recording of Pronounced Four-uh, a CD filled with power-pop. This was followed in 2001 by a 14-track CD of original music, Take The Good.
His progressive keyboard style assisted in completing the sound of Rabbitt, a band that achieved three gold albums, and received a 1977 Sarie Award for best group.
By January 1978, forces both within the band and out, forced Rabbitt to break up. Later, that same year, history repeated itself with Faure stepping into a vacant lead role with the Scottish supergroup, Bay City Rollers.
He also appeared in a Bay City Rollers film called Burning Rubber, which was a South African/German co production. It also starred Sacha Henn.
Sadly, the change in style came too late for some fans. And, as is often the case with pop sensations, the band’s popularity began to slide, in spite of the amazing musical growth during this period.
Faure recently signed with Global Recording Artists and is working on an anthology and a new CD titled Kick of the Rhino.