Sound Advice: Gigs (Dec 27-Jan 2)

Pianist Sanele Phakatini. Picture by Simanga Zondo.

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BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a feast of festive fun from The Reals and a gig by pianist Sanele Phakatini and his band.
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HEAD for Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, this week for The Reals in festive mood with New Year Fun, to be staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9m on Sunday, New Year’s Eve?

This show features Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Jason Andrew on bass and vocals, and Andy Turrell on drums and percussion.

The Reals, performing in Kloof.

The repertoire will include hit songs from The Reals’ most popular tribute shows of 2017, including Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits and Long Road To Rock.    

Celebrate a special New Year performance on December 31,  with an extended show, welcoming in 2018 at midnight.

Tickets cost R150 each (R250 for New Year’s Eve, including snacks and champagne at midnight).  Book by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

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CONCERTS SA, Seaman’s Corner and iSupport Music Business present pianist and vocalist Sanele Phakathi in Unit 3, Hammarsdale, from 7pm on Saturday, December 30. Admission is R30.

Phakathi and his band offer a mix of original music coupled with Phakathi’s personal and soulful renditions of covers, which are sure to satisfy jazz and soul music lovers.

Joining the singer and pianist on stage will be Zibusiso Makhathini on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Menzi Mkhize on drums.

Phakathi started playing the piano at the age of 17 and his influences include George Benson, Net King Cole, Al Jarreau and Bheki Mseleku, while on the soul side he credits Frank McComb, Stevie Wonder, Musiq Soulchild and Donny Hathaway as his inspirations.

Phakathi is widely known for playing the piano/keyboards for celebrated jazz musicians including Mbuso Mbusuyeza Khoza, Xolisa Roro Gqoli-Dlamini, Nomfundo Xaluva and Philani Ngidi Brian Thusi, Zakes Bantwini, Linda Sikhakhane, Zoë Modiga and Salim Washington.

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NOTE that the free weekly session at Durban’s bay-side  KuDTa restaurant on Wilson’s Wharf, where music flows from 5.30pm to 7.30pm every Monday, is taking a break until January 8 as some band members are appearing in Durban shows over the next few weeks..

The group is led by popular Durban musician George Mari and showcases the city’s swinging talent.

Featured each week is a 13-member line-up of Durban-based jazz musicians including Burton Naidoo (piano) Llewellyn Chetty (bass), Sbu Zondi (drums), Gerald Sloane (Guitar), Debbie Mari (vocals) and Thabo Sikakhane, Phuti Mofokeng and George Mari (trumpets). Other contributing are Mxolisi Mdlalose, Tim Lewis (saxophones), Kgetsi Mokgetsi, Siyalo Khumalo (trombones) and Tseleng Mokatla (flute).

“The Monday Big Band promises to make Mondays the favourite day of the week with a wide range of repertoire including Little Sunflower, Doxy, Jive Samba, Lullabye of Birdland, South African standards such as Shona, The Mandela Suite, and other original compositions by band members,” says a spokesman.

With occasional change in personnel, The Monday Big Band will feature guest musicians every so often – to be announced.

ALSO NOTE: The regular Monday BBC Beats gig at Berea Bowling Club is no more.

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