Sound advice: Gigs (June 21-27)

Headlining at the Sol Sunday Sessions at Northwood Crusaders Sports Club in Durban North on Sunday, June 25, is acclaimed acoustic duo Qadasi and Maqhinga, with their fusion of maskandi and folk.

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BILLY SUTER reports on a mix of gigs lined up for in and around Durban this and next week – including a free Durban North performance by the exciting Qadasi and a show in Umbilo saluting the music of Elton John.
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THREE diverse music acts have been secured for this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (June 21).

The music starts with a 7pm open-mic session, then Midlands-based singer-guitarist Ed Pepperell will perform original music from 7.30pm.

Bowstring, featuring father and daughter Charles and Rebecca Webster, will entertain from 8pm on Wednesday (June 21) at the Music in the Hills gig in Hilton.

At 8pm Bowstring, featuring father and daughter Charles and Rebecca Webster, will entertain. They offer vocal harmonies and a funky rhythm – with a mix of original and cover material.

TChristian performs from 9pm. He is a singer-songwriter who has been performing since he was 11 and has played for Nosihe Zulu, Malibongwe Zulu, Soulfullsound and others.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. An opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. (Non-musicians welcome too!)

Whether you’re a newbie looking for your first opportunity to perform publicly, or a more experienced/mature musician simply looking for people who are as passionate about music as you are – come along and join the fun.

Visit www.mith.co.za for more details and directions.

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KUSWAG school hall in Amanzimtoti is the venue for Country Karnival at 6pm on Friday (June 23)   – an event described as “a rocking good, modern country show” featuring recording artists Gerhard Supra and country rock band Parable Fifteen.

Country singer Supra is noted for his generous nature, having played before thousands at fundraising events, children’s hones and old age homes.

“I’m passionate about giving back and empowering young people, so Country Karnival at Kuswag is just up my street. I’m also excited to showcase my new sound after a short break – my new songs definitely have a modern country edge to them,” he says.

Parable Fifteen entertains at the Kuswag school hall in Amanzimtoti at 6pm on Friday (June 23).

Supra covers the music of Don Williams, Neil Diamond, George Straight and others, and recently released his own country album and has previously had hits with his gospel albums Your Love Oh Lord, Gee My Jesus, You’re the One and Ek Buig Neer.

Parable Fifteen is a country rock band. Their story began after Marc Skarda returned to his roots in South Africa, having spent some years living in Nashville, Tennessee, working in the music industry.

Marc teamed up with his brother Bryce Breeds, who had been performing with a number of local bands, and had made his mark on the local market as a sound and lighting engineer.

More recently, Parable Fifteen saw the addition of a rhythm section featuring drummer Mali Sewell.  This has added a dynamic, rounded rock element to what began as an acoustic duo.

This addition has inspired Parable Fifteen to record a CD showcasing their new sound, while staying true to their roots.

For more information about the event phone Su Boertje, of local music promoter Love Local Live, at 074 25 24 345

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FANS of Elton John should head for Durban’s quaint Rhumbelow Theatre at 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road, in Umbilo, this weekend.

Popular singer-pianist and acoustic guitarist Cat Simoni will perform at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (June 23 and 24) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (June 25).

The show is a delight – and the programme includes such hits as Rocket Man, Song For Guy, Nikita, Blue Eyes, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting, I’m Still Standing, Tiny Dancer, Don’t Go Breaking my Heart and Your Song.

Tickets cost R150 each (Loyalty Card-holders pay R100 on a Friday night). Pensioners pay R130. Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland at 082 449 8636, who can also tell you more about obtaining a Loyalty Card.

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EXCELLENT Durban band The Black Lapels present their hit tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival at a new venue, The Sett, 1 Tamarind Close, Sunningdale, at 7.30pm on Friday (June 23).

Singer-guitarist Rob Warren, bassist Garth Warren, drummer Gareth Gale and guest guitarist Luke Wyngaard will transport you back to the late 1960s and early 1970s with such CCR classics as Looking Out My Back Door, Hey Tonight, Bad Moon Rising, Down on the Corner, Up Around the Bend, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Someday Never Comes and Born on the Bayou, among others.

Tickets cost R125 each and booking is via webtickets or blacklapelsmusic@gmail.com

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POPULAR Shannon Connolly will perform from 3pm on Saturday (June 24) at the KZN Bridal Fair at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg this Saturday and Sunday.

The show opens at 11am on both days and closes at 6pm on the Saturday and 3pm on the Sunday. Tickets are available at the entrance to the event at R50 each.

This annual event offers couples the opportunity to do all their wedding shopping under one roof, with various exhibitors on show – from stationery and lawyers to venues, caterers, photographers and décor.

For exhibitor and visitor information, contact Gail at gail@spottedowl.co.za

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LOVERS of music are in for a treat at this at this week’s Sol Sunday Sessions at Northwood Crusaders Sports Club, from noon on Sunday (June 25).

Kech Sanchez of popular Howick band Pan Latino.

The exciting line-up of live music includes acoustic duo Qadasi and Maqhinga performing their fusion of maskandi and folk, as well as Durban North folk-rock musician Louie Rencken. Also worth catching is the infectious Latin-influenced sound of popular Howick band Pan Latino.

Expect a fun afternoon out for the whole family, with good music, good food and loads of drink specials and giveaways.  Entrance is free and there is plenty of parking and seating. Children are welcome.

Crusaders is at 10 Ranleigh Crescent at the bottom of Swapo Road/Broadway in Durban North.  Background music will flow from noon, with the first act up at 1pm.

For more information and the weekly artist line-ups, contact (031) 563 0824.

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THE Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown and Concerts SA present the Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble (UJE) promoting its debut album, Ezintabeni, from 1pm on Sunday (June 25).

Every member of the 12-piece band had a hand in crafting at least one of the album’s 12 compositions. UJE then included some commemoration songs from African Jazz Pioneers: Sigaxa Mabhande and Way Back 50s.

The Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown and Concerts SA present the Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble(above), promoting its debut album, Ezintabeni, from 1pm on Sunday (June 25).

“The people of Umkhumbane endearingly called the area Ezintabeni, due to the ‘uneven landscapes’ that housed informal settlements occupied by people of all races. The unification of races and cultures made it possible for the members of the band to tap into a broad landscape of memories when creating their debut album,” says a spokesman.

UJE have put huge effort into recording this album for the purpose of creating valuable archive material for arts and musical heritage. The Sagiya Foundation made it possible for UJE to share the stories of their beloved home with us, aiming to hit the global market.

UJE features Adolph “Mbova” Kunene on vocals and a reed section comprising Moses Sefatsha, Jerry Kunene, Muntu Dube, Sithembiso Ntuli and Mduduzi Magwaza. The brass section features Eric Duma and Bheki Luthuli.

On keyboards is Vincent Mthetwa, while KB ‘The Master’ Maphumulo in on bass, Mduduzi Mahlobo is on guitar and Atlas Duma is on drums.

The Rainb0ow is at 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown. Doors open at 1pm  and the concert starts at 2pm. Tickets cost R80 at the door or via www.webtickets.co.za For more details phone (031) 702 9161.

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THE fun and games of the weekly Tennis & Tunes event at Durban’s Windsor Tennis Club, Glenwood, is now over – but the organiser of that event, Roland Stansell of the Rhumbelow Theatre group, is continuing elsewhere with a variation of the event.

Now called BBC Beats, it is held every Monday at the Berea Bowling  Club on the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, where one can enjoy a game of bowls (bowls and advice provided, if need be) from 4pm every Monday.

Visitors are encouraged to stay on for varied live music from 6pm to 9pm, with a different artist every Monday evening, when the club pub will be open and eats can be bought.

The cost is R50 for the music, which includes the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). And note that it will not be blues only on a Monday – BBC Blues is just a play on words. A wide variety of musicians and music will be performed each week..

This Monday (June 26), the spotlight will be on amiable Calli Thomson, who has been the keyboardist, backing vocalist and musical director of many of the shows at the now-defunct Barnyard Theatre in Umhlanga. She offers a  good variety of pop and rock.

Daniel Sheldon and Gerald Sloane, performing as Take 2, will entertain with varied fare on July 3, followed by singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, of Durban’s popular The Reals band, on July 10.

Richard Haslop, Mike Raftery and Will Wallace will make music as a trio on July 17;  excellent singer-guitarist Rusty Red will perform on July 24; and Rene Tshiakanyi will entertain on July 31.

If you require any further information contact Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

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