Sound Advice: Gigs (Sept 13-19)

Hilton College pupils will perform at the weekend’s Hilton Arts Festival to raise money for Ingane Yami, a special village for orphaned and abandoned children in the Dassenhoek community, near Hillcrest.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a new Ballito jazz venue and varied fare at the weekend’s Hilton Arts Festival.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

SINGER Maya Spector will make two appearances in KwaZulu-Natal this week – the first at 6pm today (Wednesday, September 13) at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

She will then entertain from 7pm on Friday (September 15) at Sound Café, 5 Garlicke Drive, Ballito, where tickets cost R50 and more information is available from The venue plans a series of Friday jazz concerts in coming weeks.

At both events, Spector will be teamed with Burton Naidoo on keyboards, Llewelyn Chetty on bass, Phumlani Mtiti on saxophone and Riley Giandhari on drums.

Cape Town singer Maya Spector performs on campus and in Ballito this week.

The Cape Town-based vocalist is said to be a rising talent in the South African music and theatre world. She i from a culturally diverse, musical family,having grown up in Japan, Swaziland, America and South Africa.

Spector graduated in 2009 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in jazz performance and music education.

She has since appeared on stages all over South Africa, and has also been a lead vocalist and back-up singer with many different music groups.

Having recently completed an EP, she is now writing new material and performing gigs in and around Cape Town and nationally. Listen out for her single, titled Slow.


DURBAN-BASED singer and guitarist Gavin Ferguson fills the 9pm to 10pm slot at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) meeting this week – in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, on Wednesday (September 13). He performs a variety of jazz and rock, as well as some flamenco strumming.

Scheduled to perform a variety of covers in an acoustic style from 7.30pm to 8pm at the event are siblings Kevin and Nicole Gurney from Eston.

Gavin Ferguson performs at Hilton’s Music in the Hills (MiTH) on Wednesday (September 13).

In the 8pm to 8.50pm slot is singer-guitarist Summer du Preez, who performs covers and originals.

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 Hilton College music department will be hosting a special fundraising concert in the Hilton Arts Festival marquee at 6pm on Thursday, September 14.

Performing at the concert will be the school choir, vocal ensemble, award-winning marimba bands and the school orchestra.

The musical programme will include the Bach Double Violin Concerto, traditional South African vocal music, 1970s funk, symphonic rock and a cover of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.

All monies raised from the concert will go to Ingane Yami, a special village for orphaned and abandoned children in the Dassenhoek community, near Hillcrest.

Brett Udal, director of music at Hilton College, said the concert was part of the department’s social responsibility programme.

“Every year, we host concerts at our school for parents, boys and the public for a good cause and this year it is Ingane Yami,” he added. “Our campaign started on June 15 with the Two Schools in Concert with the Michaelhouse music department.

“On July 23, a trip to Ingane Yami was organised for the Hilton music boys to meet the children at the village: to see where they live, their school, to play games with them, to spend time singing and playing musical instruments together. Simply, the aim was to build meaningful and loving relationships with the children so they know that they are loved.

“The boys at Hilton College are extremely privileged, and are in the fortunate position to give back to society in terms of their time and musical talent. As a school, we have a responsibility to create our future leaders to have more heart and social responsibility for the less fortunate.”

Tickets for the concert cost R180 online through the Hilton ArtsFestival website: The price includes a soup bar with a gourmet cheese table, plus a wonderful evening of music entertainment. A cash bar will be open and three prizes, sponsored by Karkloof Safari Spa, The Hilton Bush Lodge and Pearly Grey Resorts, will be auctioned on the night.

The prizes include an all-inclusive two-day package for two persons at the Karkloof Safari Spa; a week’s luxury accommodation (self-catering) for a family of four at the Pearly Grey Resort in Tenerife, Canary islands (flights excluded) and a midweek family stay or event function hire at The Hilton Bush Lodge.

Npte that a feast of varied music, both classical and modern, will be held this weekend at the Hilton Arts Festival where there will also be free performances. For more information visit the festival website at


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,

Nux Schwartz entertains at BBC Beats on 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 18, the spotlight will be on singer-guitarists Jason Andrew and Nux Schwartz, offering a good variety of music.

The cost is R50 for the music, which includes the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). Different musicians perform each week.

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


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