Sound Advice: Gigs (Aug 29-Sept 4)

Tatum Holder performs at Music in the Hills (MiTH) on Wednesday (August 30). The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

BILLY SUTER reports on a mix of gigs lined up for in and around Durban this and next week – including a university Music Imbizo and showband tributes to Woodstock and Amy Winehouse.

THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will present the KZN Music Imbizo showcase, featuring Sheila da Blue Note and Sheila Khumalo, from 6pm on Tuesday, August 29.

Sheila da Blue Note is a singer, composer, actress and a dancer. She started her career in 1996 as a gospel singer. She worked with Lucky & friends and Clermont Merry Singers.

In 2004, she moved to the Bat Centre in Durban, where she was part of a programme called Artist in Action Residence. She studied composition, ensemble, music theory, voice and music business. She also learned under the jazzman Theo Bophela.

Sheila, who specialises in Afro-jazz, pop and blues, is now in the studio recording her debut album.

Doors open at 5.30pm. Admission is R70 (R45 for pensioners and R20 for students). Contact Thuli at (031) 260 3385 for more details.


TATUM Holder, a singer-songwriter who plays alternative indie-folk covers and original songs, takes the 8.45pm slot the Music in the Hills (MiTH) meeting this week – in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (August 30).

A self-taught musician who plays guitar, ukulele and harmonica, Holder’s original songs have a positive and uplifting feel. You can expect a soulful and unique range of vocals and guitar as well as happy-go-lucky ukulele tunes.

She has played at various places, including La Casa, Music in The Hills, Northwood Crusaders Club: Sol Sunday Sessions, The Cavern and Crinkly Bottom. She has also been invited to play at The 12th White Mountain Acoustic Festival on September 30.

From 7.15pm to 7.45pm on Wednesday, singer-guitarists Brett Painter and Kevin Girney will perform mostly covers ranging from rock to folk music, with influences ranging from Linkin Park and Seether to Ben Howard and Passenger. The two guitarists will be playing together for the first time although Kevin has played at MiTH before.

From 8pm to 8.30pm, the spotlight will be on Bianca Santoro, from the Midlands, another product of the Kéch Sánchez School, who is said to have one of the sweetest voices and one of the most confident stage presences you’ll see from a teenager.

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.


THE Reals band, with Marion Loudon as guest vocalist, again presents its popular Woodstock showband entertainment at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (September 1 and 2) and 2.30pm and 6pm on Sunday (September 3) at the Durban branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road.

The Reals with guest vocalist Marion Loudon (right) present their Woodstock showband tribute.

This excellent show commemorates the 48th anniversary of the “three days of peace and music” celebration, ‘at which 32 acts performed to an audience of 400 000 young people.  It took place from August 15 to 18, 1969, on Max Yasgur’s 600- acre dairy farm in the New York town of Bethel.

Creedence Clearwater Revival were the first act to sign a contract and this persuaded other big acts to follow suit.
The Reals features Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals), Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals) and Jason Andrew on bass and vocals.

Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636. My review of the show under “Music’ on this site.

PINK Floyd fans are in for a treat if they pop along to the Allan Wilson shellhole, Pietermaritzburg, on Friday, September 1 – Wish You Were Here: A Pink Floyd Tribute is being presented as supper theatre by a group of local musicians.

The performances is scheduled for 7.30pm. Admission is R150 and booking is by phoning 081 755 9479  or 076 536 9658.

Durban band Templar Funk is building a reputation for audacity. Nonetheless, in this case they’re calling in some distinguished friends to lend a hand. Templar Funk is a three-piece rock band, consisting of bassist Neil Ford and singer-guitarists Steven Squier and Ross Tapson.

They form the core of the lin-eup that will be doing the show, their guests including Dulcie Erasmus on keyboards/vocals, Grant Hallidayon drums and Martin Sigamoney on saxophone.

The show will explore aspects of the Pink Floyd repertoire that haven’t been extensively covered, even by Pink Floyd themselves, so fans can expect to hear well-loved classics that they may never have heard performed live before, says Ross.

Tracks from the albums Wish You Were Here and Momentary Lapse of Reason are among highlights of the evening.


 THE Music of Amy Winehouse and Friends is a showband entertainment being presented at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s branch at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm on Saturday, September 2, and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, September 3.

Featuring Kerry Cherry on vocals, the show will also feature guest vocalist Mark Stewey Gokool, pianist David Langley, bassist Logan Byrne, drummer Riley Giandhari, guitarist Nick Pitman and the Heather Groove brass section.

The show pays tribute to the late, great , five-time Grammy-winning singer and song writer who, aged 19, recorded her debut album, Frank.

The show will also display how Winehouse had influences over different artists, including Adele, Colbie Callait and Meghan Trainor.

Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.


BBC Beats is held every week at the Berea Bowling Club on the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, Durban, 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.
On Monday, September 4, the spotlight will be on popular singer-guitarist Mark Hunt performing a variety of popular songs.
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.

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


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