Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Oct 18-24)


Skhulile Sibisi is among students scheduled to perform at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Drum Showcase on Wednesday evening.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a university showcase concert for drums and a show by one of South Africa’s top musical theatre stars.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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 Drum Showcase evening from 6pm on Wednesday (October 18).

The drummers will present pieces from the student’s exam repertoire and repertoire from South African legends such as Bheki Mseleku, as well as covering genres which range in style from bebop to contemporary fusion. Other items will be the student’s compositions.

The participants include Siya “Dragon” Xulu, Lesedi Tlholoe, Nkululeko “Dusty” Ndlovu, Seko Mnguni, Caleb Frow and Skhulile Sibisi. 

This concert is the last from a series of instrumental showcases that happened over the course of the year.

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


AN EVENING of Spanish and European music, from pianist Ruben Lorenzo, will be held at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg, at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 18.

The concert, hosted by the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery in association with Music Revival, will include music by Mozart, Clementi, Lizt and a host of Spanish songs.

Pianist Ruben Lorenzo performs in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

Fans can look forward to hearing Sevilla, from the 1st Suite Española, Tango and Malagueña from España, Oriental from Cantos de España, Castilla from the 1st Suite Española, Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor KV397, Clementi’s Fantasy and Variations on Au clair de la lune op 48,  and Lizst’s Spanish Rhapsody.

Lorenzo was born in Zaragoza, where he studied with Julieta Bel and later in Madrid with Pedro Espinosa, Josep Colom and G. Fernández Álvez. He currently lives in London, where he continues his studies with Nariné Arootuinian (Royal Academy of Music) and Louis Kentner (Yehudi Menuhin School).

Over the years he has performed in the Franz Liszt Hall of Budapest, Villa Louvigny Theatre in Luxembourg, the Salle Cortot of Paris, Simon Bolivar Amphitheater in Mexico, the Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) of New York or the Lee Hysan Concert Hall of Hong Kong, among others.

Tickets for the performance cost R120. To book email or phone Bryony at the Tatham Art Gallery (mornings only) on 033 392 2825. A cash bar will be available.


DURBAN neo-soul singer and songwriter Victoria Raw will perform with her band at Sound Café, 5 Garlicke Drive, Ballito from 7pm on Friday, October  20.

Victoria blends elements of jazz, pop and neo-soul to create a signature Afro-soul sound and puts a twist on songs associated with Nathi, Corrine Bailey Rae, Daughter and Adele. Victoria’s style and lyrical approach is accompanied by Josh Swanson on guitar and Giyani Shangase on bass.

Victoria Raw will perform with her band in Ballito, from 7pm on Friday, October 20.

With two degrees in music and drama under her belt, Victoria went on to perform and collaborate with Black Crystals for their 2016 Western Cape tour. She has gone on to gig all over Durban.

The band recently played an open-mic set at the 2017 White Mountain Music Festival and was subsequently booked for the festival in 2018. Victoria was also invited to join renowned gypsy-rock band Crimson House for a song during their White Mountain set.

The band is planning a Cape Town tour in late January/February.


POPULAR singer Zoe the Seed will perform at The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban, from 7pm on Saturday (October 21).

The gig forms part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities.
Tickets cost R70 and booming is by calling (031) 303 8398.

Zoe the Seed is a Swazi-born vocalist and songwriter. Upon finishing her higher school education she enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study Jazz and popular music. She holds a bachelor’s degree in performance for jazz and popular music.

Zoe the Seed.

Ever since she started taking jazz classes, a whole new perspective on music was born within her. Her music can be very experimental since she has many influences – from soul to jazz classics, reggae, rock and gospel.

Zoe the Seed had the opportunity to be a drummer in Durban all-female jazz Heels Over Head, who were nominated for the MTN 2011 SAMA awards for best jazz album.

Heels over Head won the Yamaha talent search in 2010. Zoe took part in composing songs for the independently recorded album, Could It Be, in 2010. She has also been involved in a number of Gospel projects, but her main love is jazz. Her repertoire, hugely influenced by African jazz, comprises mostly her own compositions, written in her mother tongue, SiSwati, and a few covers.

Her band features Zibusiso Makhathini on keyboards, guitarist Bethuel Tshoane, drummer Sbu Zondi and electric-bassist Dalisu Ndlazi.


Durban-born, Johannesburg-based Samantha Peo, star of such hit musicals as Cabaret and Thoroughly Modern Millie, returns to her hometown this weekend (October 20 to 22).

She is to perform in Soulfire and Fireflies, a reflection on life and love, at Umbilo’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road.

The show, a hit at the recent Hilton Arts Festival, also features  local pianist Evan Roberts, and Samantha says of it: “It really is a beautiful, honest show and I am extremely proud of it.

“In a nutshell, we will take you on an intimate, musical journey reflecting on life and love. We perform well-known songs (with fresh arrangements), poetry and personal stories, which ultimately details the journey from the end of an important relationship.”

Catch it at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 20 and 21), and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (October 22). Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.


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.

People can attend and play bowls from 4pm (they have floodlights) There will be members in attendance to assist anyone new to playing bowls. They also have bowls available. The music, by different acts each week, flows from 6pm to 8pm

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

This Monday (October 23), the attraction is the duo, Tristen and Robyn. They have been playing together for five years, Tristen beinga talented guitarist and Robyn a fine singer. Their music is a range of old and new, each song done in their own way

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 call 082 499 8636.


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