Sounds, hounds and gig rounds

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The Brunettes. From left are Durban’s Tammy Saville, Chloe Clark and Marion Loudon.

 BILLY SUTER offers a glimpse of the diverse mix of music events lined up for in and around Durban soon.
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SOME popular Durban musicians and singers are giving their time and talent free to a gig to raise funds for Pet Rescue, a volunteer group dedicated to caring for animals.

To raise cash for this worthy cause, a carvery dinner and music event, billed as Sounds for Hounds,  is being held at the Butler’s Restaurant, 24 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, at noon on Sunday March 5, followed by music from 2pm.

The cost is R290, including the music and meal, and booking is by phoning (031) 765 3850 or 082 412 8069. Tickets can also be bought at the venue on the day.

Performers will include Liverpool-born sax man Andrew Young, as well as Durban’s The Brunettes, comprising popular songbirds Tammy Saville, Chloe Clark and Marion Loudon.

Also on the bill is Chloe Clark’s ‘Put A Swing On It’ Band, featuring Burton Naidoo on piano, Jude Kenrick on drums and Llewellyn Chetty on bass – and additional musicians on trombone, trumpet and sax.

Pet Rescue’s work includes finding shelters and foster homes for pets, microchipping animals, rescuing lost and trapped animals, and taking injured and ill animals to vets. Volunteers deal with everything from animals in abusive homes to animals that have been stolen or used for illegal fighting rings.

These animals need shelter, food, medical treatment, networking, sterilisation, calming and loving care, and fostering and forever homes, a list that overburdens bigger and better-known organisations like the SPCA, where animals often end up being put down due to sheer lack of capacity.

Pet Rescue operates primarily in the Hillcrest, Pinetown, Westville, Sarnia, Cowies Hill, New Germany, and assists in the Malvern, Queensburgh and Phoenix areas..

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AMERICAN-INSPIRED jazz progressions, accompanied by modern African melodies with vernacular-dominated lyrics… that’s how the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, sums up the music of Tshepo Fela, who performs there from 6pm on Wednesday, March 1.

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Tshepo Fela… campus date.

He will be accompanied by Pumlani Mtiti (sax), Sanele Phakathi (piano), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass) and Stanley Matlou (drums).

Tshepo will be performing, for the first time in a public space, tunes from his second album, Mother Tongue, centred on deep-rooted jazz with a touch of African influence.

Fela graduated from Tshwane University of Technology’s jazz music programme. His accolades include being among ESP Young Legends top five finalists in 2016 and Gauteng Best Jazz Band in the Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation’s Puisano Music Programme (2013-2014). Also, in  September 2013, his band was a finalist in a battles of the bands competition, Raw Unplugged.

Fela has performed at most of the big South African jazz festivals, and was among the line-up of artists who performed at the South African Presidential Inauguration recently.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is on the second level of the Shepstone Building on campus.

Doors will open at 5.30pm on March 1. Tickets, available at the door, cost R70 (R45 for pensioners, R20 for students).

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THE Durban Rock Alliance host their second Rovers Rockfest at Berea Rovers Sports Club from 2pm to 7pm on Saturday, March 4.

Artists appearing will include Let It Be, The Young Guns, Tiffany Sheppard, The Ax Men and Dave Wright.

The acts represent a mix of original and cover music, with something for everyone.

Berea Rovers Club is n Jacko Jackson Drive, behind the Stables market, and north of Kings Park Rigby Stadium. The club has full bar facilities, and food will be available.

Admission is R50. For further details, heck out www.dbnra.com or call Dave on 083 353 6925.

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DURBAN singer Nicky Shange, former backing vocalist for Busi Mhlongo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Malaika and Jaziel Brothers, and a former member of Joyous Celebration, is lined up to entertain at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale from 7pm on Saturday, March 4.

Admission will be R70 and tickets will available at the door. The venue is at C586 Dimba Road, Unit 3, Mpumalanga.

Nicky was born in Durban and studied music at the then-Natal Technikon.

In 1998, Mhlongo saw Shange perform and asked her to be her backing vocalist. In 2001 Shange moved to Johannesburg to join Joyous Celebration. Shortly afterwards she started doing backing vocals for Thandiswa Mazwai, Malaika, Jaziel Brothers and several other performers.

As time went by, Shange was noticed by Jonas Gwangwa whom she worked and travelled with around the world. She also worked with Themba Mkhize and Sibongile Khumalo.

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Nicky Shange.

In 2015 Shange moved back to Durban where she is now focusing on her solo career. She has been performing all around KwaZulu-Natal, honing her craft.

Her band consists of Bernard Mndaweni (bass), Sanele Phakathi (keyboards) and Sbu Zondi (drums).

Being the songwriter she is, Nicky is now in the process of recording live album and will debut two of her own songs.

“It is not easy to pin her down to one genre, as she incorporates soulful sounds, African rhythms and jazz into one package. One thing is certain, however – her passion for music shines through in her performances,” says a spokesman.

This performance is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to grow a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation.

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