Sound Advice: Gigs (Feb 14-20)

South Wolves perform at this week’s Music in The Hills event in Hilton.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a theatre performance by Arno Carstens, and six indie acts in a free Sunday concert in Durban North.

A GOOD variety of music acts has been secured for this week’s Music in the Hills (MitTH) event  in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, held fortnightly on Wednesdays, when admission is R30 a head.

An open-mic session will be held from 7pm, followed, at 7.30pm, by a group called Fame. With influences ranging from Coldplay and Linkin Park to a playing style that ranges from soft rock and R&B to hip-hop, Fame includes musicians from different paths in the music industry – bringing a fresh variety for young and old.

At 8pm, the spotlight will be on Suikerbossie Strong Band, featuring Christo JJ Loots, Kyle Baker and Patrick Austin, who play songs associated with Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers, with emphasis on vocal harmonies and flat-picking guitar runs.

The 9pm pick is South Wolves, an indie-pop quartet featuring Joel Scott (drums), Ricky Annandale (bass), Jason Hogan (synth and backing vocals) and Eric Scott (guitar and lead vocals).

Their influences are bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers and The National. They love to write original songs and express their life experiences through theirsong writing.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. It provides an opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. (Non-musicians welcome too!)

Take your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Musicians who want to play at MiTH, please contact Charles Webster (082 331 7271) or Doug Borain (072 340 7034).

Visit for more details and directions.


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.


DURBAN singer-songwriter Nomfundo Cleo Cele is to perform at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Friday,  February 16.

This performance is 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 Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

Cleo has long been keen on singing, her father having been a big influence as he is a great lover of music, particularly jazz and South African gospel, and used to play the piano at home.

Cleo joined her local church choir, which helped her to find her voice and to build her confidence.  In 2014 her choir won the African Gospel Music Awards held in Croydon, London, for Choir of the Year.

Nomfundo Cleo Cele.

Cleo also began to pursue being a backup vocalist, working with musicians such as Dudu Mash, Freddy Okechukwu Whales, Thandeka Dawn King and Nosihe Zulu (Idols 2016 participant). 

Recently Cleo has done a lot of solo performances, including jazz and neo-soul in her repertoire. This very versatile singer enjoys expressing herself in a wide range of musical genres but jazz remains her favourite. 

Cleo is a student at UKZN, furthering her musical knowledge while majoring in jazz voice. 

Her band on Friday will feature Ndumiso Khubisa (piano), Nkululeko “ Dusty” (drums) and  Blessing Thwala (bass).

Admission is R50, including a free drink for students. To book, or for more information, phone (031) 303 8398.


GUITARIST Albino Mbie, a Mozambican-born and US-based guitarist, will give three KwaZulu-Natal performances – two in  Durban – as part of a countrywide tour running from February 20 to 24.

Included are performances at The Orbit in Johannesburg, The Centre for Jazz and The Chairman in Durban and Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale. Additionally, Mbie will facilitate a special concert at Amatikulu Primary School.

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Mbie, is a multi-award-winning guitarist, vocalist and music producer who built his first guitar from a five-litre can of oil, scrap wood, and electric cords at the age of 16.

Drawn to the street music of Maputo, Mbie soon started playing with bands on the local scene. For his first time at on a South African tour, Mbie brings a band of fellow Berklee graduates to present his music to South African audiences.

Mbie makes music that aims to combine disparate entities into an organic whole while retaining their unique, undiluted flavours. The music of his native Mozambique coupled with his experiences living in the US, and travelling to many other places in the world, overlap to provide an original sound of Afro-pop meets Moz-jazz.

Albino Mbie.

Mbie will entertain at Durban’s Centre For Jazz and Popular Music, on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, from 5.30pm on Wednesday, February 21. Admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for  students). Buy tickets at the door.

He will perform from 10pm on Thursday, February 22, at Durban’s The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Gandhi Road (formerly Point Road), when tickets will cost R150 at the door.

Then, on Friday, February 23, Mbie will give a concert at Amatikulu Primary School before a performance from 7pm on  Saturday, February 24, at Seaman’s Corner, Unit 3, Hammarsdale, where tickets will cost R30 at the door.

The concerts at Amatikulu Primary School and Seaman’s Corner are part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit that aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities.

DURBAN singer Anthony Stonier, star of countless Durban mini panto successes, performs a salute to the music of Frank Sinatra in Quite Frankly…, which is to be stageds at Durban’s Club Altitude on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from February 14 to March 3.

The show starts at 7.30pm,  but doors open at 6.30pm and you are welcome to take snacks/picnic baskets along.  A cash bar is available. Tickets cost R100 for the show, and bookings can be made at


SIX acts have been assembled for the free Soul Sunday Sessions concert to be held from noon to 10pm on Sunday, February 18, at Northlands Crusaders, 10 Ranleigh Crecent, Durban North.

“This week, we mix things up with a Soul Sunday Sessions  ‘Alternative Edition’ featuring two top Cape Town acts ArsenLuna and The Medicine Dolls, as well as local acts, Hi I’m Bexx, Roadkill, Khalil Mansur and club favourites, Distorting the Stillers,” says a spokesman.

Entrance is free and all are welcome.

Expect some all-new drink specials courtesy of Sol and Amstel Radler, as well as great giveaways. First act is  up at 1pm, so get there early!


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