Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Feb 21-27)

Albino Mbie, a multi-award-winning guitarist, vocalist and music producer, Catch him on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal tonight (February 21).

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including the David Langley Trio at the Jazzy Rainbow, The Gentry at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo and a new show by Cat Simoni.

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.

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.

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 being staged at Durban’s Club Altitude on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 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


OBAKENG Thamage and Friends perform at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Friday, February 23.

Admission to the concert, which forms part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit, is R50 a head.

Obakeng Thamage performs at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, Morningside, from 7pm on Friday.

Thamage is a pianist, composer and soon-to-be film score, who was born in Krugersdorp and started engaging in music at the age of 14.

His music career became clearer in 2013, a year after he had started playing the piano, when he joined a trio of friends to form a group called ReClef Rhythm.

His musical background has largely been in the jazz arena but, has he since also discovered a love for other genres. In 2016, after completing his matric, Obakeng made up his mind to pursue music as a career and a calling. Since then he has been afforded the opportunity to do a lot of gigs sharing stages with big names such as Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Benjamin Dube.

For bookings or more info about his Jazzy Rainbow gig call (031) 303 8398.


THE David Langley Trio is to perform at The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Saturday, February 24, when admission will be R80.

The 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 Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

David Langley is a Bprac Hons Graduate from Durban, who has been performing in and around town for 10 years. He started out with his first band, The Nu Savoys, alongside the founder, Russell Simon.

Langley moved to Dubai and performed there for several months. He has written a book, titled Piano Tailor, a 55-page course guideline on the modern piano style. A

He will perform with Riley Giandhari (drums) and Mark Momple (bass), supported by his wife, Kerry-Lee Cherry, on vocals.

For bookings or more info phone (031) 303 8398.


JAMES Carlsen on guitar and vocals, Wade Wright on piano and vocals, Gavin Hughes  on drums and percussion and John Skuy on bass and vocals … that’s The Gentry a band presenting The Radio Show in Durban this weekend.

The group will perform at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (February 23 and 24), then at 2pm on Sunday (February 25) at The Rhumbelow Theatre’s Umbilo branch at the St Cyprians Church hall in Umbilo Road.

Expect songs by The Beatles, Eric Clapton, REM, The Monkees, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Isaak, Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, George Ezra, Radiohead and Van Morrison, among others.

Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 446 8636.


POPULAR singer and pianist Cat Simoni presents Wine, Woman & Song at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Pietermaritzburg branch at the Allan Wilson Shellhole at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, February 25.

Cat Simoni

The show has Simoni performing songs such as Johnny Mercer’s Days of Wine and Roses, the theme from The Godfather (Speak Softly Love), Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good, Chrissie Hyndes’s I’ll Stand By You, Shania Twain’s That Don’t Impress Me Much, Marianne Faithful’s Ballad of Lucy Jordan and Janis Joplin’s Take Another Little Piece of My Heart.

Tickets cost R150. Book at Computicket or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

Also note that the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, continues with The Reals this week.   


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, now replaces her in the revival of The Reals band’s acclaimed The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story.

It is being staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, at 8pm nightly from Wednesday to Saturday (February 21 to 24), with a final 2pm show on February 25. Tickets cost R150 each.

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


SHARON Katz and Nonhlanhla Wanda launch their new CD, Side-By- Side, with a performance at the free Sunday Soul Sessions at Northwood Crusaders in Durban North from 3.30pm on Sunday, February 25, following performances, from 1pm, by Dina Daniels and Jessica Martins and

The date marks the 25th anniversary of the original Peace Train tour associated with the two performers.

Side-By-Side, recorded and produced by Malcolm Nhleko, akrs the first recording by the duo. It features Sharon on guitar; Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass, Charles Boykie Mnomiya on drums and Sanele Phakathi on keyboards and piano.

When Nonhlanhla Wanda and Sharon Katz formed The Peace Train’s 500-voice multiracial youth choir in KwaZulu-Natal in 1993, their goal was to use music to promote the country’s first, fully inclusive elections and a peaceful transition to democracy.

Travelling across South Africa aboard The Peace Train, joined by their friends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, they helped change hearts and minds to prepare communities to live together.

Sharon Katz and Nonhlanhla Wanda.

Nonhlanhla and Sharon originally trained their choir by travelling to the then-separated communities and schools throughout KZN. After the election, The Peace Train performed for many of President Nelson Mandela’s special events and became the first multiracial group to represent the new South Africa on a five-week concert tour in America in 1995.

Their first US release, Imbizo, was nominated for a Grammy for  Best World Music.

An award-winning film about their work, When Voices Meet, features John Kani and Abigail Kubeka. After its World Premiere at the Durban International Film Festival, When Voices Meet was selected for some 25 festivals in America and has been shown in 49 countries in Africa, winning Best Documentary, Best Original Soundtrack, Audience Awards and the President’s Award.

The Johannesburg premiere was of When Voices Meet was on November 19, 2016, at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.

In a recent interview on SABC’s Morning Live, Nonhlanhla and Sharon said they were delighted to share their story with South African audiences and look forward to thrilling audiences with their new Afro-jazz CD and dynamic live shows to celebrate their first duo album and their 25 years of friendship.



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