Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Oct 11-17)

Matt Gardner is the headline attraction at the MITH event in Hilton.


BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a university showcase concert for bass guitar, a salute to Francoise Hardy and Jacques Brel, and a jazz date.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

A PIETERMARITZBURG musician who has opened shows for Matthew Mole, Prime Circle, Desmond and the Tutus and Just Jinjer, is the headline act at Hilton’s popular Music in the Hills (MiTH) gathering, now being held fortnightly.

Matt Gardner, who began playing guitar towards the end of his junior school years, when he watched his father playing, will perform from 8pm on Wednesday (October 11) at the venue, a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

Singer-songwriter and musician Lucille Cornelius, who has been performing since she was 12, will entertain from 7.30pm. She has her roots in gospel music, having been part of two internationally televised album recordings.

Her love for rock music, however, was developed from her father who was a very popular drummer, vocalist and original music composer in the 1960s and 1970s.

She is currently recording her debut EP and will be performing in the Philippines next year – at the International Hot Air Balloon Festival.

From 9pm to 10pm, the MiTH bandstand will be occupied by Calico SA, a band with a mix of influences – from funk, to blues and indie, to alt-rock, and even a bit of grunge, but definitely rooted in rock.

They plan to cover all these genres in their set with covers from The Black Keys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Cage the Elephant and Incubus. They will also be doing a few originals, which have a mixture of sounds from fuzzy soft rock, to blues and grunge with a touch of funk.

MiTH is evolving in two important ways – and we need to make all our musical friends aware. As of now, it is a venue that pays musicians (our door charge will go up to R30 to help facilitate this),” says MiTH spokesman and performer Charles Webster.

The move is because while MiTH started out as a jam among amateurs and anyone else who wanted to join in, increasingly professionals are now performing, adds Webster.

“The organisers have decided, after three years of maintaining a purely amateur ethos, that it’s important to recognise this. Also, we have now purchased more or less everything we need in terms of equipment (which is why we charged in the first place), and we aren’t in this to make a profit – so we’d like to pay the musicians.

“At the same time, we will keep space for amateurs, too. So the first few set will be dedicated to open-mic and amateurs, and will remain unpaid, and the last few sets of each meeting will be for musos who get paid.”

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 Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal presents a student Bass Showcase evening from 6pm on Wednesday (October 11).

This show will feature the jazz bass students from the foundation programme, as well as first-, second- and third-year students of the School of Arts (Music) programme.

Bassist Freeman Gumede.

They will be presenting works by, among others, Thandi Ntuli, Benjamin Jephta and Jaco Pistorious, as well as originals. The participants for the evening include Charles Mdakane, Solomon Riba, Freeman Gumede, Sihle Nkomo, Giyani Shangase and others.

This concert will be the second to last in a series of instrumental showcases that ran over the course of the year. It will be followed by the drum showcase on Wednesday, October 18.

Doors for the Bass Showcase open at 5.30pm. Admission is R70 (R45 for and R20 for students). Contact Thuli at (031) 26 03385 for more details.


POPULAR singer-pianist Cat Simoni teams with her manager and show devisor and director, Paul Spence, for Francoise Hardy, Ooh La La, to be staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 13 and 14) and again at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (October 15), at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban.

Simoni has appeared several times at the Rhumbelow Theatre, her tribute shows including salutes to Barbra Streisand and divas of the world.

The Hardy show features such hits as Find Me a Boy, Only Friends, All Over the World, Catch a Falling Star, This Little Heart, Only You Can Do It, In Another Place, as well as a large dollop of songs associated with Jacques Brel.

Mario Loudon stars in Behind the Music at Tina’s Hotel. Kloof.

Tickets cost R150 and booking is by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

The Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch, at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, will present Behind the Noise – starring Marion Loudon, Barry Thomson and Jason Andrew – at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 13 and 14)  and 2pm on Sunday (October 15).

Singer-guitarist Thomson, singer-guitarist Andrew and vocalist Loudon get back to the roots of what makes a great song, and give the melody and lyrics space to shine. 

Performing some classic tunes, this team have enjoyed finding the essence of some truly classic songs with vocals and only acoustic instruments, singing and playing songs you had forgotten you knew.  

Their songlist includes favourites associated with George Ezra, Bonnie Raitt, Eurythmics, Alison Moyet, Mumford and Sons, Avicii, Pharell Williams and Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry.  

Seating is at tables of six. Tickets cost R150 and booking is by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.


THE Demiurge Quinte, featuring Zibusiso Makhatini, will entertain from 7pm on Friday (October 13) at The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban.

The gig is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Pianist Zibusiso Makhatini… at The Jazzy Rainbow on Friday.

Zibusiso is a pianist, composer and producer born in Estcourt, Kwa-Zulu Natal. His love for music became evident at the age of seven. Her went on to study jazz and popular music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Zibusiso’s sound could be defined as world music, with jazz being the main influence. He draws inspiration and influence from musicians such as the late Bheki Mseleku, Mulgrew Miller, Osunlade andRaoul K.

Zibusiso has had the pleasure of taking part in South Africa’s top music festivals, including the annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Time of The Writer Festival and the Durban Jazz in July Festival.

Last year he was selected to tour Oslo, Norway, as part of the Nordic showcase and Oslo Jazz Festival. He was also recently selectedto be part of the Standard bank National Youth Jazz Band, conducted by renowned saxophonist, composer and music educator, Buddy Wells. Together they performed at the 2017 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival.

an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

Tickets for Friday’s gig cost R40. For more information phone (031) 303 8398.


IF YOU are after a sundowner and some good music, varied sounds to wash away the Monday blues each week, consider popping in at Durban’s Berea Bowling Club, Ferguson Road, every Monday.

Miriam Erasmus… BBC Beats on Monday.

People can attend and play bowls from 4pm (they  have floodlights). Club members will be in attendance to assist non bowlers. They also have bowls available.

A full bar is available and food can be bought at the venue.

The music, by different acts each week, flows from 6pm to 8pm.

This Monday (October 16), the attraction is singer-guitarist Miriam Erasmus, who impresses with her knowledge of the folk genre.

The cost is R50 for the music, which includes the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). If you require any further information phone 082 499 8636.



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