Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Aug 2-8)

Durban campus date on Tuesday, August 8, for The Brunettes vocal trio – comprising, from left, Nosihe Zulu, Chloe Clark and Marion Loudon.

BILLY SUTER reports on a mix of gigs lined up for in and around Durban this and next week – including a crowd karaoke event and an Eric Clapton tribute that is an absolute must.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

THE excellent Durban singer-guitarist Rowan Stuart is the headline attraction at this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH), in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (August 2).

Stuart, who will perform for an hour from 9pm, first found fame as the teenage star of the hit Durban musical The Guitar That Ruled the World. He is currently receiving radio airplay for his catchy single, Silver Balloon.

Rowan’s career came into full swing in 2014 with the release of his acoustic album, Hidden Doors. He has since toured South Africa, and opened for some of the country’s biggest acts, including The Parlotones, Prime Circle and Matthew Mole.

Rowan Stuart performs in Hilton on Wednesday, August 2.

A maestro guitarist, Rowan is a brand ambassador for Cort Guitars. He is currently continuing his touring schedule while preparing for the release of his next single later this year.

The MiTH evening will begin at 7pm with an open-mic session, followed at 7.30pm by Bowstring, a duo comprising father and daughter, Rebecca and Charles Webster. They are known for good vocal harmonies and some funky rhythms, offering a mix of original and cover material.

At 8.15pm, the spotlight will be on singer-guitarist Summer du Preez , who performs covers and originals. Her indie-folk is influenced by Alanis Morissette and The Cranberries, among others.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. It provides an opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience that 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 – pop along and join the fun. Visit for more details and directions.


DON”T miss the excellent Crossroads – Eric Clapton and Friends to be staged at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (August 4 and 5), and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (August 6), at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre at the end of Cunningham Road, Umbilo.

The show, first staged at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof features Rusty Red on lead vocals and guitar, Skippy Kubheka on bass and Chris Melling on drums.

The show also features songs associated with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Muddy Waters, J J Cale and John Mayer. It’s one of the best showband entertainments of the years, so don’t miss it!

Rusty Red… Eric Clapton tribute this weekend in Umbilo, Durban.

Read my rave review of the show under MUSIC on this website. You will also find there an interview with Rusty Red.

Tickets for Crossroads –Eric Clapton and Friends cost R150. To book, phone Roland at 082 449 8636.

Also note that the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, is featuring Durban band The Reals with their hit The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Friday this week (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.


DANIEL Sheldon and his colourful eight-member Durban band The Jazz Minkeys perform a novel show, A Night in New Orleans – The Story of Egyptian Ella, at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm this Saturday (August 5) and 2pm on Sunday (August 6).

The show offers music tinged with surprises and great 1920s-style jazz, and will have guest Anthony Stonier as narrator, telling of a dancing girl living the high life in the speakeasies and ‘sporting houses’ of New Orleans. However, when life gets too good she begins to put on weight, losing her regular appeal.

Join Stonier and an ace band as they follow the enchanting Ella musically in a journey of self-discovery which takes her across the ocean to the banks of the River Nile, and then on to the place where she rightly belongs.

Expect a great story and some well-crafted musical arrangements presented by some of Durban finest musicians – Neil Gonsalves on piano, Demi Fernandez on guitar, Tom Hare on sax, Ildo Nandja on bass, Nosihe Zulu on vocals, Zoe Masuku on vocals, Riley Giandhari on drums and Daniel Sheldon on trumpet.

The show includes some great songs from the old New Orleans tradition, like At the Jazz Band Ball and Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, with a few surprises like Deliah’s Gone and In a Persian Market.

Seating at the venue is at tables of six. Tickets cost R150. Call Roland at 082 499 8636 to book and for any further information. 


SBU Mkhonza and friends will entertain at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Saturday (August 5), as part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities.

The quartet comprisesMkhonza on bass, David Smith on piano, Rebekah Doty on drums and Thulile Zama on vocals.

Louis Sbusiso Mkhonza was born in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. He was engaged in community cultural activities from a young age, as a member of the Witbank choral music and theatrical art club, called Amaqwathi, and the Izodela traditional dance group.

Sbu Mkhonza…performing at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow in Morningside.

He furthered his education from 2010, doing Grade 2 and Grade 3 in music theory and bass guitar at Izithethe Arts Institute, getting distinctions in both subjects, and also did his Grade 6 in vocal studies. He is currently in his second year, Bachelor of Music, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Admission on Saturday is R40 (including a free drink for students) .

To book, or for more details, phone  (031) 303 8398.


THE KZN Youth Wind Band, in association with Selbys Productions, is to present a gala performance, in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary, at 6.30pm on Saturday (August 5) at the Hellenic Hall, Durban North.

Tickets are free! But to avoid disappointment, be sure to reserve tickets by emailing or calling 031 304 1001.

Proudly hosted by the Durban Music School and the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, the event comes after the band’s  tour to New York, where it won Gold at Carnegie Hall.

Joining the KZN Youth Wind Band for Saturday’s event will be the KZN Youth Choir – an ensemble that recently returned from an award-winning trip to Spain, coming top of their categories in the “Golden Voices of Barcelona” competition.

The KZN Youth Choir will also be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017.

Up-and- coming new performers, the Drakondale Girls Ensemble, will open the evening, together
with a tribute to Hein de Villiers and Werner Dannewitz, the founders of the KZNYWB and KZNYC.

As a final exciting addition to the event, the Junge Blasserphilharmonie, all the way from Ulm,
Germany, will perform alongside the KZN Youth Wind Band. 

Light entertainment and food stalls will be available, by courtesy of the Hellenic Association, from 5pm.


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

This Monday (August 7), the spotlight will be on singer-guitarist Adelei Jade, a singer, songwriter and actress  from Durban. She is recognised for a powerful, dark, rich and sturdy voice and easy rapport with her audiences.

Expect covers of songs associated with Celine Dion, Janis Joplin, Adele, Pink, Tina Turner, Bonnie Tyler, Suzi Quatro, Joan Jett, AC/DC, CCR, Elvis Presley and Billy Joel, as well as songs from her debut album, Triple-555.

Looking ahead, the August line-up at BBC Beats will include 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.


SOMETHING fun and different is planned for Durban North on Tuesday (August 8) – the launch of Crowd Karaoke at Northwood Crusaders Sports Club, where you and your friends can get to sing along to favourite songs, with live acts and giant video lyrics to guide you.

Shane Strachan of popular Durban bands Catlike Thieves and Autopilot will perform at the debut Crowd Karaoke event at Crusaders, Durban North, on Tuesday, August 8.

There’s no need to be shy of being in the karaoke spotlight – everyone sings together and has a blast!  So get a crowd together and make a fun night of it.  And remember the Wednesday, August 9, is a public holiday (Women’s Day) so you can really let your hair down.

Featured acts will include Shane Strachan of Catlike Thieves, as well as sassy Durban songstress Carmen Rodrigues.

Tickets cost R60 at or R100 at the gate on the day.

Gates open at 4pm and the show starts at 6pm.  Food and drinks will be on sale and no refreshments may be brought into the venue. All ages welcome.
Crusaders is at 10 Ranleigh Crescent at the bottom of Swapo Road/Broadway in Durban North and has plenty of parking. For more info, phone 031 563 0824.


THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal presents bubbly Durban trio The Brunettes from 6pm on Tuesday, August 8.

Songbirds Nosihe Zulu, Chloe Clark and Marion Loudon join musical forces for Women’s Month and will deliver songs with  heartfelt performances, Chloe also handling piano.

Expect songs from Marilyn Monroe, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and Avicii, among others.

The venue is on the second level of the Shepstone Building in capus,, where doors will open at 5.30pm/ Admission is R60 (R40 for pensioners and R20 for students). Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 for any further details.


DURBAN band The Black Lapels present their fine Road to Graceland showband tribute to Paul Simon at The House in Zululand, Eshowe, at 6pm for 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 8.

The team – singer-guitarist brothers Rob and Garth Warren, with Gareth Gale on drums – is a tight and talented unit, and does well to sometimes shake things up with welcome tweaks in arrangements – Mother and Child Reunion often hints of reggae; The Sounds of Silence sometimes veers close to the recent (brilliant) rendition by metal band Disturbed; the Graceland encore is slowed down.

Also here are Boy in the Bubble and Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard, which open the show, and such hits as Under African Skies, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes and Late in the Evening.

Admission for the show – my review of which is available by clicking here –is R125 and booking is by calling (035) 474 0878.


NOTE: If you would like your KZN gig mentioned free in this weekly guide, mail detailed info and a jpeg picture (and caption info) to by noon on a Monday of the week in question.

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