Sound Advice: Gigs (Feb 8-14)

The Reals with guest vocalist Samantha Landers (front) and guitarist Colin Peddie (right). Catch their Fleetwood Mac tribute show next week.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a variety of Valentine’s Day events and a theatre performance by Arno Carstens.

DURBAN singer-guitarist Barry Thomson will perform alongside his equally talented wife Calli Thomson at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s branch at Pietermaritzburg’s Allan Wilson shellhole at 8pm on Saturday (February 10) and 2pm on Sunday (February 11).

Having performed together many times, Barry and Calli present an intimate and funny show, including several clever medleys that portray conversations – and arguments – between couples in bands, and real life too.

Calli Thomson.

You can expect duets associated with Don Henley and Stevie Nicks, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, Lady Antebellum, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty, Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams, and Bryan Adams and Mel C.

The show is also sprinkled with some fun parodies that look on the funny side of relationships.

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


DURBAN songstress Natalie Rungan joins the cast of  My Funny Valentine, to be staged at the iZulu Theatre at SIbaya Casino, near Umhlanga, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (February 9 and 10). Comedians Masood Boomgaard and Bash with Tash will also entertain.

Tickets cost R150 from at Computicket, Shoprite/Checkers or the Sibaya box-office.

Also note that Durban’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone building  on the University of Natal campus, presents Songs of Love at 6pm on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day.

“We celebrate the month of love with a concert by the jazz singers from the UKZN School of Arts. Singers from the Jazz Studies programme will include Wandithanda Makandula, Nduduso Khulwayo, Nombuso Ratsha, Nosihe Zulu, Nomfundo Cele, Sanele Khubisa, Andiswa Maduna, Nomthandazo Madiya and Siphelele Mthiyane,: says a spokesman.

The concert will also feature popular Durban vocalist and jazz lecturer Debbie Mari.

Expect love songs, celebratory songs, jazz treatments of much-loved pop songs and a few South African favourites.

“Join us as we journey in song accompanied by instrumentalists Tazlo Jacobs, Sihle Mkhize and Obekeng Thamage (piano), Freeman Gumede (bass), Lesedi Tlholoe (drums), Moghethisi Nkotsi (trombone) and Sinalo Zulu (trumpet).

Admission is R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students with a student card). Doors open at 5.30pm for 6pm. For more info contact Thulile  at 031 260 3385


POPULAR Arno Carstens performs at the Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlaga, from 8pm on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday (February 14).

Carstens will perform his Intimate Sessions Show which will include hits from his career as frontman of The Springbok Nude Girls, many songs from his career as an award-winning English solo artist, and popular cover tracks.

Arno Carstens.

Tickets cost R180 and can be booked by phoning at 031 161 0000.

Carstens needs little introduction. He is a singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums; five as lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, one as part of Electronica project Bhelltower and six as a solo artist.

He has also had some 20 Top 10 singles and won five SAMA Awards, including Best Rock Album in 2004 for Another Universe, and Best Adult Contemporary Album in 2006 for The Hello Goodbye Boys.

During his 20 year career, Arno has performed with U2, The Rolling Stones and REM; headlined every major South African music festival; and performed at some of the most legendary and exclusive international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival and Hard Rock Calling.


WITH Durban’s Marion Loudon having signed up to star in A Beautiful Noise, the new Rockwood Theatre show at Sibaya Casino, popular Samantha Landers, a strong contestant on The Voice South Africa, has been signed up to replace her in the revival of The Reals band’s acclaimed The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story.

It is to be staged at  the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof. Performances are at 8pm from February 14 to 17, then at 2pm on February 18.

Further performances are scheduled for the same venue at 8pm from February 21 to 14, with a final 2pm show on February 25. Tickets cost R150 each.

Book at Computicket or by calling Roland Stansell at 082 446 8636.


MADALA Kunene is scheduled to entertain from 7pm  to 9pm on Saturday (February 10) at St Clements , 191 Musgrave Road, Durban.

Madala Kunene.

Kunene’s music interest was triggered at an early age. He started busking on Durban’s beachfront at the age of seven, with a self-mad,e cooking-oil tin guitar.

His music is influenced by his upbringing and the history of apartheid system which saw him being a victim of forced removal as a young person.

Kunene was discovered by Sipho Gumede and then headed for Johannesburg, where he shared the stage with world renowned musicians such as Hugh Masekela, Winston Mankunku Ngozi and Busi Mhlongo.

Tickets for Saturday’s gig cost R80 at the door. Booking advised on 031 202 2511.


NOTE that Phil Moffett, Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby and Amber Liadan will entertain at the free Soul Sessions concert beign staged from 11am on Sunday (February 11) at Crusaders in Durban North. There will be drinks specials.


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