Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Nov 15-21)

Dave Monks performs golden oldies in the fun Great British Pub Night show at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo this weekend.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a university jazz showcase, a tribute to Miriam Makeba and a fun Great British Pub Night show.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the second floor of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is to present Jazz Recitals from 6pm on Wednesday, November 15.

The candidates for this year’s recitals are Phumlani Mtiti (saxophone), Zwelihle Kunene (piano) and Zibusiso Makhathini (piano).

Mtiti is originally from the Eastern Cape. He started playing saxophone in his late teens and has never looked back. He has been involved in projects that have taken him to jazz clubs and festivals around the country.

He is a novice music educator, teaching part-time at high school level.

Kunene is a pianist who is mostly interested in the production aspect of the entertainment industry.  He started playing the piano at the age of seven.

Makhathini is a pianist, composer and producer from Estcourt. His love of music became evident at the age of seven, as he is from a family of self-taught musicians.

Apart from being a performer, Makhathini is an activist on the South African music scene. He has committed his life to the improvement and well-being of South African arts and orally engages with the youth of South Africa on socio-economic issues, to change the stereotype of music being seen as just a hobby.

Admission is R70 (R45 for pensioners  and R20 for students). contact Thuli at (031) 2603385 for more details.


POPULAR singer Thulile Zama of Durban heads the cast of A Tribute to Mama Africa, to be staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 17 and 18) and 2pm on Sunday (November 19) at the Kloof branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road.

Thulile Zuma… a tribute to Miriam Makeba.

Featuring David Smith on piano, Sbusiso Mkhonza on bass and Rebekah Pillayon drums, the show is a salute to the music and memories of Miriam Makeba. It features such hits as The Click Song, Pata-Pata and Promise.

 Seating at the venue is at tables of six.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and FHSSC Members). Booking is at Computicket outlets or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.


POPULAR Irish singer and musician Dave Monks presents the fun Great British Pub Night show at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pmon Friday and Saturday (November 17 and 18) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (November 19).

Also scheduled for 2pm and 6.30pm on December 17 at the Pietermaritzburg Rhumbelow Theatre, a the Allan Wilson shellhole, the show is said to offer some 50 snippets of the most popular singalong and clap-along songs on the planet.

Expect evergreen hits like Roll Out the Barrel, She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain, Happy Days Are Here Again, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Show Me the Way to Go Home and also hits associated with Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Roger Whittaker, Smokie and The Beatles.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners). Booking is at Computicket outlets or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.


THE Riley Giandhari Trio will entertain at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Saturday, November 18.

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

Drummer Riley Giandhari. He performs at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow on Saturday, November 18.

Riley Giandhari is a Durban-based musician who has been playing the drums from the age of five and has developed a greater love for the instrument over the years.

He was primarily influenced by his dad, Pravin Giandhari, an active drummer in and around Durban.

 Some of his other influences include John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Chick Corea, John Coltrane, Nathaniel Townsley, Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, Dave Weckl, Derico Watson, Antonio Sanchez and Chris Coleman.

He is currently completing his BA Honours degree in music and also teaches at Kearsney College. Some of his achievements are being chosen for The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, 2016, and a tour to The Oslo Jazz Festival with Nyimbo Ya Bantu.

Riley has worked with artists such as Jan Lundgren, Lu Dlamini, Neil Gonsalves, Heather Groove, Burton Naidoo, Zoe Masuku, The David Langley Trio, Hugh Masekela, Chloe Clark, Ernest Dawkins, Mikey Dee, ZETHE, Rebirth, The Demiurge Quintet and Muriel Marco.

He is currently on tour with The Mash Trio, a project lead by Sibusiso Mashiloane. On the night of the gig, The Riley G trio will play a mixture of jazz standards and his own compositions. Joining him onstage are Sanele Pakathi on keyboards and Tyrell Subramoney on bass.

To book and for more info 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, 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 13), the attraction is a fine musical trio – Richard Haslop, Mike Rafferty and Will Wallace. 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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