Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Nov 1-7)

Dave Starke pays tribute to Leonard Cohen in Durban this weekend.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a show saluting Leonard Cohen and Cat Simoni presenting “Divas Around the World”.

TALENTED Singer-guitarist Dave Starke presents Leonard Cohen – A Tribute at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, 42 Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 3 and 4) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (November 5).

Written by Perran Hahndiek, the show had a sellout season at The Rosebank Theatre in Cape Town. It is described as an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. It features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings.

You can expect early hits such as Suzanne, Hallelujah and So Long Maryanne, the haunting Famous Blue Raincoat and Who By Fire?, lighter works such as Tower of Song as well as pieces from Cohen’s final album, You Want It Darker?.

Starke appeared on the first season of The Voice – South Africa, in 2016. In addition to performing, he composes music for film and television, and also runs anon-profit performing arts school for underprivileged youth in southern Zululand.

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


THE stage at Sound Café, 5 Garlicke Road, Ballito, will feature Zimbabwean-born saxophonist Thabani Gapara and his band – Liewellyn Chetty (bass), Shemual Mahabeer (keyboards and piano), Alwyn John Singh (drums) and Thulile Zama on vocals as special guest – from 7pm on Friday, November 3.

Sax ace Thabani Gabara.

Gapara is an Auckland-based saxophonist who has been performing in and round New Zealand for six years. A recent graduate of the New Zealand School of Music (B Mus Jazz), he has played in several musical projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa and New Zealand.

“I will perform a mix of Afro-jazz, soul and funk classics as well as original music, paying homage to artists who have influenced me, including Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti, Sipho Gumede Gerald albright, Maceo Parker and Kenny Garret ,” says Gapara.

Admission is R50.

Another Friday gig to note is at Musketeers in Conabor Road, Malvern, Durban. It starts at 9pm and features Salty Dog. Admission is free and more information is available by phoning (031) 484 9903.


POPULAR Durban band Heels Over Head is to perform in Durban and Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, November 4.

The all-woman group will entertain at a free Lunch Vibes at Alliance Francaise, Morningside, Durban, from noon to 2pm, after which they will go to Pietermaritzburg for the first annual Four Women Festival at the La Casa Home of Music, from 6pm to 11pm.

Lunch Vibes is a unique experience that happens on the first Saturday of each month. Everyone is welcome at Lunch Vibes and it’s the perfect occasion to introduce children to live music.

It’s a family-friendly event, with a garden and a drawing area for everyone – regardless of age – to express themselves. While vibing to the music, you can enjoy your meal at Fusion French Café

The Four Women Festival is a platform which intends to bring women together, allowing them to educate each other through various experiences. It will be held from 6pm to 11pm at La Casa, 5 Quarry Road. Admission is R100.

Other artists scheduled to perform are Laila Hlongwa, with a play titled Mata Hari, written by a poet Kyle Allan; and vocalists Londiwe Mbuli, Andiswa Madlala, Ndudu Mthombeni. Mam’ Nomalanga Hlubi and Lotshiwe Tshabalala. Dj Kwandi will be on the decks.

Nipho Hurdis also on the bill. She is is a 22-year-old singer, songwriter, playwright, actress, photographer and activis from Pietermaritzburg, but currently building her career in Durban. She has provided back-up vocals for Shekkinah and Madala Kunene.


SINGER and pianist Cat Simoni performs her Divas Around the World show at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 3 and 4) and 2pm on Sunday (November 5).

Cat Simoni.

Divas Around the World!, devised and directed by Paul Spence, was first performed by Simoni on the MSC Sinfonia, between Mauritius and Reunion, and the songs are in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, German and Greek.

Seating is at tables of six and tickets cost R150. Phone Roland at 082 499 8636 to book.


QUIRKY Durban gypsy band South Jersey Pom Poms will perform at the free Soul Sunday Sessions event scheduled for noon on Sunday, November 5, at Northwood Crusaders Sports Club in Durban North.

Also on the bill are Antoinette Kistan and Distorting the Stillers, and there willbe food and drinks specials.

Meanwhile, 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, on the corner of Brand Road and 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 about 9pm.

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

This Monday (November 6), the attraction is singer and keyboardist Calli Thomson. 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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