Sound Advice: Gigs (Jan 24-30)

Black Crystals… performing a free afternoon gig at Pinetown’s Rainbow Restaurant on Saturday.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a free Saturday gig in Pinetown, an intimate gig by Gangs of Ballet and an Amy Winehouse tribute.

DURBAN performers Mim Erasmus and Danny Fisher are pooling talents for Burns Night, a show celebrating the life and poetry of poet Robert Burns and all things Scottish.

It is scheduled for the Rhumbelow Theatre’s branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday (January 24 and 25).

Mim Erasmus and Danny Fisher salute all things Scottish this week.

A Burns supper is a celebration of Robert Burns, and is normally held on or near the poet’s birthday on January 25.

Rickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and bookm9ignmis at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Note that the hotel is running a Scottish traditional evening buffet to tie in with the show. The cost is R120 a head. Booking is essential for Tina’s Restaurant as seating is limited. Phone 031 764 7843.

It is recommended that you arrive no later than 90 minutes before showtime for the restaurant, where an a la carte menu is also available.


FUEGO Heat’s Hangouts present Victoria Raw, ByLwansta and Missu from 6pm on Thursday, January 25, at Durban’s S43 in Station Drive, off Umgeni Road.

The event will follow a similar format to the past Hangout Sessions with open-mic running from 6.30pm to 7.30pm (apply at

The event is free and there will be a draught special from 6.30pm to 7.40pm.

Also note that hit band Gangs of Ballet is down to entertain with an up-close acoustic show at 8.30pm on Saturday at the all-new Republik, 3 Inanda Road, Hillcrest.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets cost R120 at the door.


THE popular Rainbow Restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, presents a free hour-long performance by Black Crystals from 4pm on Saturday, January 27.

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

The Black Crystals are a five piece instrumental band influenced by experimental jazz and hip-hop. The band has Nokwanda Nkala on sax, Jaedon Daniel on keyboards, Nick Pitman on guitar, Freeman Gumede on bass, Byron Thambu on drums, Victoria Raw on vocals and  Seth Banda as MC.

Each member plays a vital role in the evolution of the sound of the band, which formed in early February 2016.

After planning, funding and headlining their own tour to Cape Town in July 2016, the group returned to drench Durban in its progressive untamed sound.


IF YOU are a fan of Amy Winehouse, do yourself a big favour and book for the tribute show by Kerry Cherry, to be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at the Allan Wilson shellhole, Pietermaritzburg, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, January 28.

Amy Winehouse and Friends will see this charming Durban vocalist backed by her pianist husband, David Langley, as well as guest singer Mark Stewey Gokool, bassist Logan Byrne, drummer Riley Giandhari and ace guitarist Nick Pitman, along with the Heather Groove brass section.

Kerry Cherry and band. Catch their Amy Winehouse tribute show.

Good news is that the show – which premiered to great success last year at the Rhumbelow’s Tina’s Hotel branch – is also to be presented at the Durban branch of the Rhumbelow.

The usual hall, in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, is undergoing roof repairs, so the Rhumbelow’s temporary new Umbilo venue is the St Cyprians Church hall, 603 Umbilo Road.

Catch the Winehouse show there at 8pm on February 9 and 10, 2pm on February 11, 8pm on February 16 and 17, and 2pm and 6.30pm on February 18.

My review of the show appears under Music on my site.

Tickets cost R150 each and booking is by calling Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

Note that the cost of roof repairs at the Rhumbelow theatre in Umbilo, which has run for 16-and-a-half years in the MOTH  shellhole of the same name, amounts to R270 000. This covers costs to remove the damaged shellhole roof and replace it with new rafters, as well as other repairs.

If you are in a position to donate towards costs please email Roland at or make a direct deposit in to the MOTH bank account.

Banking Details for Rhumbelow Shellhole:

Ac No : 051185989 (SAVINGS)
Name of Account : Rhumbelow Shellhole
Email : with deposit


LOOKING ahead… note that Nigerian-born jazz and Afro-beat musician Solomon Willy is scheduled to perform at the Luthuli Museum, 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, from 6pm on Friday, February 2. Doors will open at 6pm and tickets will cost R30 at the door.

The gig is presented in association with Concerts SA and Luthuli Museum.

Willy is a versatile performing artist, composer and music producer, He and his band offer original compositions and an extensive mix of popular, African music and jazz standards, led by a jazz guitar and smooth vocals.


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