Sound Advice: Gigs (July 26-Aug 1)  


Super Llama performs in Hilton on Wednesday evening (July 26).

BILLY SUTER reports on a mix of gigs lined up for in and around Durban this and next week – including a Fleetwood Mac tribute show and a free classical lunch-hour concert.

A GROUP called Super Llama, an experimental “moon rock” band from Pietermaritzburg, formed in mid-2013 and a purveyor of mostly original music, is the headliner at this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH), in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (July  26).

The band, scheduled to entertain from 9pm, has Warrick Lunn (also known as Drama Llama) on lead vocals as well as lead and rhythm guitars, while Jarryd Lunn (aka Dull Eye Llama) features on backing vocals and lead and rhythm guitar. Skippy Khubeka (Baby Llama) is on bass and Paddy Austin (Pajama Llama) is on drums and percussion.

Mali Zulu… plays a mix of genres, ranging from indie and pop to stripped-down house music.

Opening the Wednesday gig at 7.30pm – after an open-mic session from 7pm – will be Mali Zulu, who plays a mix of genres, ranging from indie and pop to stripped-down house music.

He’s been performing at weddings and music venues for six years and was part of the KZN Youth Choir in 2010. He also made it to the top 31 of the 2014 season of Idols.

He will be followed, at 8pm, by The Sleepy Hollow House Band, featuring Pietermaritzburg’s Gerry Van Rensburg, whose covers range from old favourites to contemporary hits. He is said to also have a searing sense of humour.

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.

Note that the Knoll barn is also the place to be on Saturday (July 29) for Christmas in July…  a craft market with music and tasty treats. R100 entry gets you music from four acts, Christmas spirit, craft beverage tasting, gluhwein, artisan traders, a jumping castle for the kids and face painting. Under-12s get in free.

The Reid Family will entertain from 2pm, followed an hour later by  Charles Webster, then at 4pm by The Wick Kids. The headline act will be Serrotone at 5pm, and open-mic sesisons will follow.


DURBAN singer Anthony Stonier is presenting a show titled Showstoppers, highlighting songs from various musicals, at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, July 30.

Expect songs from shows including Showboat, The Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, Cabaret, Oklahoma, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof and South Pacific.

Tickets cost R150. To book, phone Roland at 082 449 8636.

Drummer Mali Sewell and singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, of The Reals.

Also note that the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, is featuring the hit The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story at 8pm nightly from  Wednesday to Sunday this week (July 26 to 30) and again at 8pm nightly from next Wednesday to Friday (August 2 to 4).

The band – with Durban favourites Dawn Selby on the keyboards, Barry Thomson on the guitar, Jason Andrew on the bass and Mali Sewell on drums, as well as guest vocalist Marion Loudon and guitarist Colin Peddie – cover all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac.

Expect to hear all your favourites – Little Lies, I Wonder, Say That You Love Me, Everywhere, Landslide, Dreams and then some. Seating is at tables of six and tickets cost R150. Call Roland at 082 449 8636 to book.


MUSIC by Salty Dog, DV8, Lee Henning, Glen Winter, Zisamo, Calamity Jam, LMB and East Coast Basement Blues Band will be heard at the Band Slam event at Durban’s Fynnland Combined Sports Club, Smith Drive, Bluff, from 1pm on Saturday (July 29).

There will be a Jumping Castle in a special entertainment area for children and the kitchen will be open. Secure parking is available on the field.

Admission is a mere R20 and children under 12 get in free. For more details phone (031) 466 2010 or 072 4148 582.

Another gig of note on Saturday (July 29) features Rox Baney, Distorting The Stillers and Dave Wright. Catch them all at Durban’s Khaya Records, 48 Florida Road, Morningside.

Wright is promoting his new acoustic album, titled Tomorrow, and copies will be on sale. Doors from 5pm. And the music follows about an hour later. Admission is R30. For information call  083 353 6925.


THE Phumlani Mtiti Trio will perform at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Saturday (July 29) as part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities.

Durban’s The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in September 2016, and is following up with the same concept in 2017.

Phumlani Mtiti, originally from Port Elizabeth, is a young, up and coming saxophonist who now lives in Durban.

Phumlani Mtiti, originally from Port Elizabeth, is a young, up-and-coming saxophonist who now lives in Durban. He started playing sax at a young age and is studying at UKZN, fine-tuning his craft.

Through his participation in various initiatives, Phumlani has been privileged to attend many master classes and has also performed with many local jazz legends. including Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Feya Faku and McCoy Mrubata.

The Phumlani Mtiti Trio recently returned from a very successful stint at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The trio is completed by bassist Dalisu Ndlazi and Zolani Rafuza on drums.

They will be playing original compositions, which will also be featured on their forthcoming album.

Admission is R40 (including a free drink for students). To book, or for more information, phone (031) 303 8398.


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.

Singer-guitarist Rene Tshiakanyi, who performs in French, English, Afrikaans and Portuguese.

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 31), the spotlight will be on singer-guitarist Rene Tshiakanyi, who performs in French, English, Afrikaans and Portuguese. He describes his music as the combination of classic and pop ballads, R&B, reggae and folk.

Looking ahead, the August line-up at BBC Beats will include Adelei Jade (August 7), The Gentry – John Skuy (August 14), Lee Vee (August 21) and Callie Thomson (August 28).

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


A FREE lunch-hour classical concert will be presented from 12.20pm on Monday, July 31, at the Howard College Theatre on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

It will feature cellist Aristide du Plessis and pianist Andrew Warburton performing two virtuoso works from the Romantic era – firstly, Schubert’s lyrical masterpiece, the “Arpeggione” sonata, written for a now-obsolete stringed instrument of that name. Also on the bill is the Sonata in F major Op 99 by Brahms.

Du Plessis performs with the KZN Philharmonic and is one of South Africa’s leading cellists, having performed regularly overseas in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, won numerous awards both locally and abroad, and collaborated with leading conductors and orchestras. A

Warburton is one of the country’s leading pianists, and has been active as a performer on all local concert stages since 1982, both as soloist, having a repertoire of 18 concertos, as well as an accompanist and chamber musician. He is lecturer in piano at the UKZN School of Music.

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