Sound Advice (Feb 28-Mar 6)

Lex Futshane and friends give five KwaZulu-Natal performances this week.

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BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including supper shows, a fundraiser for a children’s home and five performances by bassist Lex Futshane and friends.
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BASSIST Lex Futshane and friends will give five KwaZulu-Natal performances this week, the first at 6pm today (Wednesday, February 28) at Durban’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone Building at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

Doors will open at 5.30pm , and admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students.

Presented in association with Concerts SA and Luthuli Museum, iSupport Music Business presents Futshane and friend sat Durban’s The Chairman, in Mahatma Ghandi Road, from 10pm on Thursday, March 1, when admission will be R150 a head.

They will next entertain at a performance for school pupils at the Luthuli Museum, Groutville, from 11am on Friday, March 2, followed by a 7pm performance that day, for which tickets cost R30.

The team will also perform from 7pm on Saturday, March 3, at The Jazzy Rainbow in Morningside, Durban. Admission there is R100 a head.

Futshane, an electric and acoustic bassist, prolific composer, arranger, performer and educator, will perform at these gigs with Zoe the Seed on vocals, Neil Gonsalves on keyboards and Sbu Zondi on drums.

Futshane is a music graduate from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He currently teaches bass and manages a teacher-training programme at the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company.

Futshane is a founder member, composer and arranger of Bassment, a 12-member, double- bass ensemble comprising six jazz and six classical bassists, a first in Africa.

His LEXtet is an ensemble playing his own compositions and arrangements of local and international jazz standards. The band has just released an album of Lex’s compositions, titled Innocent Victims and Perpetrators.

Apart from touring with the LEXtet, he plays in the Ingqungquthela (Summit) which is a collaboration with renowned saxophonist McCoy Mrubata.

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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 http://qkt.io/QuiteFrankly

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DURBAN’S Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, is to showcase the talents of The Acoustic Quartet from 7pm on Friday, March 2, when admission will be R50.

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 KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Members of The Acoustic Quartet.

Acoustic Quartet will play original compositions in the contemporary and straight jazz genres. The project is aimed at bonding young, up-and- coming musicians around Durban to perform their own repertoire.

The band comprises Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet, Vuyolwethu Mjindi on piano and Zolani Rafuza on drums.

“As the baton has been handed to us as the next generation of Durban musicians, it is important to maintain the legacy of previous generations who paved the way for us musicians” says band member Zolani.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway.

Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa.

It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

For more details about the Jazzy Rainbow gig phone (031) 303 8398.

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A SHOW saluting the music of The Eagles, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Creedence Clearwater Revival is being presented on March 1, 2 and 3 at the Pumpkin Theatre at La Montagne in Ballito.

It is California Sunshine, presented by Durban band The Black Lapels, and tickets cost R135 per person. To book click here:  http://bit.ly/2EJkiqD

Also note that on Sunday, from 1pm to 9pm, the regular free Sunday Soul Sessions gig at Crusaders, 10 Ranleigh Crescent, Durban North, will see Victoria Raw and Friends with a fundraiser for the Edith Benson Children’s Home that was destroyed by fire last week.

As a collective, these Durban artists have got together to organise an afternoon of live music and entertainment to help raise funds for the rebuilding and refurnishing of the children’s home.

Entrance is free, but there will be various auctions throughout the day for people to get generous – and a donation box will be provided.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Crusaders Club, as usual.

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