Sound Advice: Gigs (July 19-25)


Josh Bull, guitarist and vocalist for The Wick Kids, a band performing from 9pm on Wednesday (July 19) in Hilton.

BILLY SUTER reports on a mix of gigs lined up for in and around Durban this and next week – including a soul tribute show, free concerts and a mixed bag of sound in Hilton.

THE Reid Family, a group featuring Vincent Reid and his children Rhiannon and Aidan, will kick off 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  19). The Reids wil be performing from 7.30pm.

Scheduled to entertain from 8pm on Wednesday is Johnny Zest & Friends, a four-piece band that plays covers of classic songs from the past few decades.

Band members are Geoff Clarke on acoustic and electric lead guitar and vocals, Robbie Marais on drums and vocals, Barry Hosford on electric-bass and backing vocals, and John Hudson on acoustic rhythm guitar and main vocals.

The members have been in the music industry, both professionally and semi-professionally, for more than 30 years.

The Wick Kids.

The band strives to deliver each song as close to the original as possible, while making them their own. They have a small selection of their own material too.

At 9pm on Wednesday, the spotlight will be on The Wick Kids, an alternative folk trio from  Howick. Made up of members attending different universities, The Wick Kids’ claim to fame is their seasonality, meaning they only gather during university holidays, a few times a year, to fuse their musical talents.

The first member of the band and bass player, Jonathan Copeland, is a Computer Science student in Pretoria.  Thomas Bull, the second addition and main vocalist for the group, can only ever be found in three places: in the ocean surfing, performing with The Wick Kids, or lying on his bed.

Josh Bull, brother of Tom , is guitarist and vocalist for The Wick Kids.

“With their musical influences ranging from Passenger to Ed Sheeran and John Mayer, The Wick Kids bring a new, ‘vibey’ take on the stale title that is alternative folk,” says a spokesman.

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 for more details and directions.


THE Centre for jazz and Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal will present singer-songwriter Nono Nkoane from 6pm on Wednesday (July 19).

For this show, Nkoane will contemplate the relationship between jazz and African music, the presentation consisting of reimagined compositions from herdebut album, True Call, as well as some new pieces.

Singer-songwriter Nono Nkoane and her band perform from 6pm on Wednesday (July 19) at Durban’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.

She will be backed by Sanele Phakathi on piano, Ildo Nandja on bass and Bonolo Nkoane on drums.

“Her performance is packed with enthralling moments of intense improvisation, reminiscent of traditional African and jazz music. The synergy between her and the highly skilled musicians on the bandstand invites you to go on thiswondrous journey with them,” says a spokesman.

The Cape Town-born songstress studied jazz at Tshwane University of Technology, and has appeared at the Robben Island Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Stellenbosch Amphitheatre, Baxter Theatre and State Theatre.

Nkoane has also sharedstages with Jimmy Dludlu, Judith Sephuma, Hugh Masekela, Dizu Plaatjies, Ernie Smith, Lungiswa Plaatjies, Miriam Makeba and Jabu Khanyile

The Centre for Jazz and Popular music is on the second level of  the Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College campus

Doors open at 5.30pm and the show starts an hour later, Admission is R60 (R40for pensioners, R20 for students)


DANNY Fisher who was lead singer of The Blarney Bros for eight years, takes his popular solo show, The Voice, to The Rhumbelow Theatre’s Pietermaritzburg branch, at the Allan Wilson shellhole, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (July 23).

Presented by Steyn Alive Production, the show highlights Fisher’s strong pop voice and some of his popular impersonations, which include Elivs Presley, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones, Meatloaf, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Bob Dylan, Benny Hill and even Nelson Mandela.

Tickets cost R150 each and seating is at tables of eight. To book, or for more details, phone Roland at 082 499 8636

Versatile singer Danny Fisher.

Also note that the Durban branch of the Rhumbelow, in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, is presenting the excellent Gotta Lotta Soul, the ultimate party show, at 8pm today and tomorrow (July 21 and 22) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (July 23). It is so good I am going again. See my review by clicking here.

Featuring a standout Percy Smith and Marion Loudon on vocals, Calli Thomson on keyboards, Andy Turrell on drums, Jason Kylen on lead guitar, and Jill Murraybrown on bass, the show features songs associated with, among others, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Ruth Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Wilson Pickett. Also saluted are novelty artists such as Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, the Blues Brothers and James Brown.

Tickets cost R150 each and seating is at tables of eight. To book, or for more details phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

Both Rhumbelow Theatre venues open 90 minutes before the show for a bring-your-own picnic meal.

Also note that The Reals will present their excellent Tribute to Dire Straits at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, from Wednesday to Sunday (July 19 to 23). Performances are nightly at 7pm, except Sunday, when the show starts at 2pm.

The band features Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell, Jason Andrew and guest guitarist Shaun Dragt.


Expect hits such as Brothers in Arms, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Private Investigations and Money for Nothing.

Tickets cost R150 each and seating is at tables of six (please note). To book, or for more details phone Roland at 082 499 8636.


Nina Mkhize and her band performs at the free 50 years Remembrance Concert of Chief Albert Luthuli at Groutville from 11am on Saturday (July 22).

VOCALIST Nina Mkhize and her band, in association with Concerts SA and The Luthuli Museum, perform at the free 50 years Remembrance Concert of Chief Albert Luthuli, at Groutville from 11am on Saturday (July 22). Local poet Let Da Poet will also entertain at the concert.

Mkhize is a jazz-trained vocalist and composer from Durban and a two-time winner of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Awards. Her repertoire includes original jazz, African music and standards.

Her contralto voice has been described as breathy and sultry, and her music styles range from swing to funk and boss nova.

Well-travelled, Mkhize has performed at  the North Sea Jazz Festival, SA 10th Democracy Celebrations in Brazil, the Indoni Cultural, Joy of Jazz and Unyazi Electrical Music Festival.

She has appeared in concert alongside Nduduzo Makhathini, Herbie Tsoaeli, Ayanda Sikade, trumpeter Feya Faku and famed Malombo sideman percussionist Gabriel Mabi Thobejane.

Saturday’s concert is part of the Luthuli Legacy Walk and Half Marathon and the Concerts SA Venue Circuit. The 11,5-km walk will commemorate Chief Luthuli’s final walk to the railway bridge where there was allegedly a train accident that led to his untimely death.

The walk will end at The Groutville Market grounds where the concert will take place.


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 23).

John Ellis, formerly of Tree63.

Among the lineup is popular John Ellis, solo after a good innings with the popular Tree63, who is scheduled to entertain from 4pm, after performances by The North and South at 1pm and CrastinaterPro at 2.30pm.

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 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.

Rusty Red… Glenwood date on Monday (July 24).

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). A wide variety of musicians will perform each week.

This Monday (July 24), the spotlight will be on master singer-guitarist Luke Wyngaard, better known these days as Rusty Red. Rene Tshiakanyi is scheduled for the venue on July 31.

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





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