Sound Advice: Gigs (Jan 31- Feb 6)

Serrotone headlines at the Music in the Hills gig in Hilton.

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BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a free day of music and fun in Glenwood, and shows by The Blarney Brothers and Barry Thomson.
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POPULAR band Serrotone and four other music acts will be first acts of the year at the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) gig, in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, to be held again this Wednesday, January 31. Admission is R30.

Starting off the fun at 7pm will be Shannon Chetty, a 17-year-old musician from Howick, who attends Howick High. He is a guitarist and plays mainly acoustic pop with the assistance of a loop station.

Shannon, whose biggest inspiration is his favourite artist  Ed Sheeran, began playing guitar at the age of 13. He has progressed steadily and is very passionate about music.

From 7.30pm, the spotlight will be on Kaiti Faul, well-known to MiTH stalwarts, who is a strong singer who performs originals and covers. She recently returned from Dallas, Texas, after a year of au pairing while studying through Unisa.

Duncan Park, a psychedelic-folk musician from Durban, entertains from 8pm. His new album, After the Earth Has Burned, is a musical collage of acoustic folk. He will perform a stripped-down solo set of acoustic guitar and vocals.

Main act Serrotone performs from 9pm. Peter Guthrie, vocalist and prolific songwriter with Spoonfeedas for 12 years, has teamed with James Robertson and close friend, drummer Billy Kruger.

Robertson, who sang and wrote material for Spoonfeedas in 2001, also went on to form Cubic Inch. Between Guthrie and Robertson they have been part of writing and performing 10 charting singles on South African radio.

With Spoonfeedas, Guthrie has opened for artists like Muse, Velvet Revolver, Simple Plan, Marky Ramone (Ramones), Metallica and Ronan Keating.

A hugely special feature on Wednesday will be what has become the regular inclusion of Nick Ames, a finest trumpeter.

Doors for MiTH gigs open at 6pm. Take your own booze, although food and soft drinks are available for sale.

Visit www.mith.co.za for more details and directions.


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JAZZ and Afro Beat musician Solomon Willy performs at the Luthuli Museum, 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, from 6pm on Friday, February 2. Admission is R30 at the door.

Solomon Willy. Picture by Simanga Zondo.

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

Willy is a Nigerian-born performer, composer and producer who entertains with a band offering original compositions and an extensive mix of popular, African music and jazz standards,

The host of this event, The Luthuli Museum, is a national cultural institution charged with conserving, upholding, promoting and propagating the life, values, philosophies and legacy of the late Chief Albert Luthuli.

This concert closes a year marking 50 years since Chief Albert Luthuli died, and provides a look forward to the programmes the Museum plans to offer in 2018.

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DURBAN performer Barry Thomson will perform solo at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (February 2 and 3) and 26pm on Sunday (February 4).

He will present I Am, I Said, which he describes as an intimate tribute to a selection of well-known artists that have bared their souls through songs.

Songs in the show are associated with Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and others.

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

Also note that the Umbilo Rhumbelow Theatre will host The Blarney Brothers at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (February 2 and 3) and 2.30pm and 6pm on Sunday (February 4).

The Blarney Brothers… Umbilo concerts.

Note, however, that due to roof repairs at the Umbilo shellhole that accommodates  the theatre, the new venue will be St Cyprians Church Hall, 603 Umbilo Road.

Tickets cost R150, To book, or for more details, phone Roland 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 or make a direct deposit in to the MOTH bank account.

Banking Details for Rhumbelow Shellhole:

Branch Code : STANDARD BANK GALE PLACE 042526
Ac No : 051185989 (SAVINGS)
Name of Account : Rhumbelow Shellhole
Email : 
roland@stansell.za.net with deposit


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AFTER 34 years in the music industry, professional singer-songwriter and ’80s heart-throb Pierre de Charmoy is set to take fans on a wild ride down memory lane as he reflects on his musical journey at The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga, at 8pm on Saturday (February 3).

Known for his distinctive voices, De Charmoy first shot to fame with hits including Live On and You’re My Lady.

He won the SAMA award for Best Male Vocalist three years in a row (1983, 1984, 1985) and to this day still strikes a chord with both old and new fans alike.

Tickets for the show on February 3 cost R130 each and can be booked via bookings@rockwoodtheatre.co.za or sibaya@rockwoodtheatre.co.za.

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THE musical line-up has been announced for the afternoon concert which is part of the first day-long Imbumba Fiesta taking place in Glenwood’s Bulwer Park on Saturday (February 3).

The event comprises a free summer-themed market, food stalls, info stands,  an open-mic session from 9am to 2pm, and a ticketed sundowner concert from 3pm to 7pm – all with an underlying message of encouraging good neighbourliness, supporting underprivileged children and showcasing local artists and crafters.

The afternoon music line up boasts an eclectic mix of Durban musicians including Scelo Gowane, an Afro-soul and R&B artist, a self-taught producer, guitarist and composer; and Sosha, whose music crosses the boundaries of  kwaitom hip-hop, rap dance and electronia.

Also on the bill are Thee Legacy,  a distinctly South African contemporary isicathamya acappella group that won the inaugural Sing Off South Africa 2015 a cappella music competition; singer, songwriter and performer Holly Wasserfall, an Afro-house artist; and hip-hop, rap and kwaito act, Bullistic.

Also set to entertain are Nina Mkhize, a jazz-trained vocalist and composer, and two-time winner of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Awards, whose repertoire includes original jazz and African music compositions; Sandile DV Sithole AKA J Sabali, who is a local  hip-hop artist, and The Name on the Drum, a local indie-rock group.

Included in the afternoon line-up will be the winner of the morning’s open-mic session, who will open the concert.

The KZNSA Gallery will be open – inviting visitors to visit the gallery and shop. Also on offer will be chess sessions where you can learn to play.

Singer Holly Wasserfall, a keen chess player herself, and the chess association, will be in attendance to introduce visitors – especially children – to the world of chess.

eThekwini Parks and Recreation will be supporting the day with a display of indigenous plants and trees and staff who can share knowledge about indigenous gardening. They will also be starting the day with an hour-long park clean up from 8am to 9am, to which the Glenwood community is invited to attend and participate.

Admission to all events (bar the afternoon concert) is free and all are welcome. The music concert takes place from 3pm to 7pm in Bulwer Park. Tickets for this cost R80 for adults and R20 for children. They are available at the gate.

For more information contact Gabriella Peppas at 078 583 5517 (WhatsApp).


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