Sound Advice: Gigs (July 5-11)

Kéch Sánchez, of Pan Latino, handles vocals, guitar, pan pipes, flutes and charango. Catch the band in Hilton on Wednesday (July 5).

BILLY SUTER reports on a mix of gigs lined up for in and around Durban this and next week – including a South African-British jazz collaboration in Pinetown and a 1960s tribute show in Pietermaritzburg.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

ACOUSTIC rock associated with the ’80s and ’90s will be provided by Andrew Seymour, first act up at this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (July 5).

Seymour will perform from 7.30pm, after which, at 8pm, Pietermaritzburg singer and guitarist Matt Gardiner takes to the spotlight.

Gardiner has opened for acts such Matthew Mole, Prime Circle, Desmond and the Tutus, Just Jinjer, Majozi and Plush. He describes his music as indie-folk with a slight rock undertone, his influences including Mumford and Sons, Matthew Mole and John Mayer.

At 9pm, the colourful and energetic Pan Latino will entertain with Kéch Sánchez on vocals, guitar, pan pipes, flutes and charango. The rest of the team are Abbo Hall on bass, Daniël Rossouw on lead and rhythm guitar and  Chris Melling on percussion.

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 are, of course, also welcome.

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 for more details and directions.


THE Ildo Nandja Trio will perform at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Friday (July 7) as part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit that aims to foster a love and support for live music in communities.

The trio comprises Ildo Nandja on upright bass and vocals, Neil Gonsalves on piano and Sibusiso Zondi on drums

Ildo Nandja is a double bassist, composer and educator from Mozambique. Currently he is based in Durban, where he has been studying and working.

From a young age he engaged with playing music, starting with percussion instruments.

Through his involvement in a local music and dance company, Ildo began playing the timbala, a traditional xylophone. His dedication led him to perform at festivals and events across Africa and Europe.

Now recognised as an outstanding and disciplined jazz musician, bass player and soloist, Ildo has collaborated with countless international and local musicians across Southern Africa and abroad.

The audience should expect a concert that tells a story more like a painting. Ildo is exploring and trying new sounds allowing his band members to fully participate in the process. The result is a combination that produces and portrays his musical ideologies and experimentations.

Ildo Nandja performs on upright bass at Pinetown’s Rainbow restaurant in Stanfield Lane, on Sunday (July 9).

“During the past few years I have been looking to further my studies in the field of jazz performance and education. I was recently accepted to the Masters programme at the Fontys Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in the Netherlands.

“I am motivated to take up this opportunity as I have a profound desire to develop my musicianship, collaborate with other artists and to advance as a jazz educator. This will be a totally new environment where I can be exposed to new challenges and learn from different perspectives.”

To cover his tuition, Nandja has initiated a crowd-funding campaign and he invites all his friends and fans to help to contribute.

“My decision to run this campaign came after I was awarded a partial scholarship that unfortunately does not cover the full cost of tuition. I realised I was going to need some help from my community!

“Of course there can be something in it for you. If you like you can purchase an online digital copy of my album on or directly through me at upcoming shows.

“You can also book me for workshops, studio session, a bass lesson or an exclusive concert in your home, workplace or community.  Every contribution, no matter how small, will go directly to covering the remaining tuition fees.”

Tickets for Friday’s gig cost R70 (including a drink) . For more details phone (031) 303 839.


IF YOU enjoy a good band playing great songs very well make a point of catching Durban’s The Black Lapels at Umbilo’s Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday or Saturday (July 7 and 8), or 2pm or 6.30pm on Sunday (July 9).

The showband entertainment features Rob Warren on guitar and vocals, Garth Warren on bass and backing vocals, Gareth Gale on drums and percussion, a guest musician Luke Wyngaard (Rusty Red) on guitar and vocals.

Expect hits associated with an array of acts including America, the Eagles, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Band, Jackson Browne, Stealers Wheel and Buffalo Springfield, among others, as The Black Lapels salutes the birth of the Los Angeles music scene in the 1960s.

My review of the show and full details are available by clicking here:


THE Rainbow restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, is the place to be from 1pm on Sunday (July 9), when the venue and Concerts SA present a unique opportunity to hear Tete Mbambisa, one of South Africa’s noted jazz acts, in a programme of original material arranged for his SA-UK Big Sound project.

Tete will be joined by fellow South Africans – saxophonist Barney Rachabane, who has played with Hugh Masekela and Paul Simon, and drummer Ayanda Sikade, who has been seen alongside Zim Ngqawana and Thandiswa Mazwai.

Also to be featured are three British artists –  Julian Argüelles (tenor), Chris Batchelor (trumpet) and Steve Watts (bass). All heavily influenced by exiled South African jazz musicians in London, they are now significant stylists in their own right and are performing in South Africa for the first time.

Pianist Tete Mbambisa. Picture by  Aryan Kaganof.

The SA-UK Big Sound tour launches two new Mbambisa albums – One For Asa,  recorded in the UK in 2015, and African Day,  recorded in Johannesburg in 1976 ,but previously unreleased.

Tete has performed and recorded with many of the giants of South African jazz, among them Johnny Dyani, Lulu Gontsana, Dick Khoza, Early Mabuza, Duku Makasi, Nik Moyake, Ezra Ngcukana, Winston Mankunku, Dennis Mpale and  Dudu Pukwana.

He featured in Pascale Lamche’s 2003 movie, Sophiatown, and his compositions have been recorded by The Blue Notes, Chris McGregor, The Soul Jazzmen, McCoy Mrubata, Brian Thusi and Adam Glasser.

His work as a pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger can also be found on many anthologies of South African jazz.

Time: Doors open at 1pm on Sunday, and tickets cost R100 at the door.
For more details phone (031) 702 9161.


DURBAN singer Marion Loudon and Irish singer-musician Dave Monks are presenting their Swinging ’60s show at the Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson shellhole, Pietermaritzburg, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday.

Expect a mix of hits by more than 20 different artists, among them The Beatles, Sony and Cher, The Carpenters, The Crystals, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, Cliff Richard,  Credeence Clearwater Revival and The Bee Gees.

Tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland at 082 449 8636.


LOVERS of music are in for a treat at this week’s free Sol Sunday Sessions at Northwood Crusaders Sports Club, from noon on Sunday (July 9).

Among the lineup is Black Whiskey, an energetic three-piece from Vryheid. Fronted by Phillip Taylor, the band puts its own twist on popular songs and mixes them with original tracks to deliver a hugely entertaining live set. 

The Kickstands – performing in Durban North on Sunday (July 9).

Also on the bill is singer-songwriter Rox Baney, as well as Durban acoustic duo The Kickstands.

 Proving to be a popular way to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends and family, these weekly events are all about good music and fun times at a great local venue.  At the same time, they also help to raise funds for Crusaders to continue developing sport in the community.

Entrance is free and there is plenty of parking, as well as open and undercover seating if the weather doesn’t play along.  Children are welcome.

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

For more information contact (031) 563 0824.


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 (July 10), the spotlight will be on popular Barry Thomson. He will be followed by Richard Haslop, Mike Raftery and Will Wallace on July 17; excellent singer-guitarist Rusty Red on July 24; and Rene Tshiakanyi on July 31.

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



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