Sound Advice: KZN Gigs (Jan 3-9)

The KZN Heritage Ensemble, featuring Mbuso Khoza and Mike del Ferro (Netherlands), performs at the KwaDukuza Town Hall.

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BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a  big band engagement in Morningside and a gig by the KZN Heritage Ensemble.
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THE regular Monday Big Band gig, led by George Mari, at Ku’d’tat at Durban’s Wilson Wharf – and which has been on hold for a few weeks – is to be presented from 8pm on Friday (January 5) at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside.

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.

The Monday Big Band showcases the city’s swinging talent and chose its name after its first gig, which happened on a Monday night in Durban a few months ago.

The group features Burton Naidoo (piano), Llewellyn Chetty (bass), Sbu Zondi (drums), Gerald Sloane (guitar), Debbie Mari (vocals), Thabo Sikakhane, Phuti Mofokeng and George Mari (trumpets), Mxolisi Mdlalose and Tim Lewis (saxophones), Kgetsi Mokgetsi and Siyalo Khumalo (trombones) and Tseleng Mokatla (flute).

The band performs a wide range of music, including jazz favourites, South African standards and original compositions by the band members.

Admission is R100 a head which includes a drink. To book, or for more information, phone (031) 303 8398.

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THE KZN Heritage Ensemble, featuring Mbuso Khoza and Mike del Ferro (Netherlands), performs at the KwaDukuza Town Hall, in King Shaka Street, from 2pm on Sunday (January 7). Tickets cost R20 at the door.

The KZN Heritage Ensemble was formed in 2016 by Khoza, a prize-winning vocalist, songwriter and composer from Eshowe, after six years of intensive research into the style of music known as AmaHubo.

This project seeks to educate both young and old about AmaHubo, the spoken word, a very popular art in the Zulu culture. Khoza is orchestrating this, taking the audience back to the time when it all began, and paving a way of revival for generations to come.

Pianist Mike del Ferro of The Netherlands.

AmaHubo songs are performed at traditional Zulu weddings, in war, at funerals of homestead heads and chiefs, as well as in other major traditional ceremonies involving a clan, a region and sometimes the whole Zulu nation.

 Older generations refer to AmaHubo songs as the songs of the old people or “amagama amadlozi” – the songs of the ancestors, which date back to the Shaka era, when the king assigned at least one iHubo song to each regiment, a song by which they were identified.

Khoza himself will feature as part of the choir. His music is referred to as a delicate mix of deep traditional Zulu music infused with jazz elements. This particular sound separates him from his peers,

The choir will also feature world-renowned pianist Mike del Ferro, who is to record with the choir. Del Ferro started playing classical piano and after falling in love with jazz. He received a Masters degree in Contemporary Music at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

The host of this event, The Luthuli Museum, is a national cultural institution charged with conserving,

This concert is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit.

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

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