Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Apr 5-10)

Barry Thomson performs his solo show, I Am, I Said, in Durban this weekend.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include performances by 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Benjamin Jephta, as well as Barry Thomson and Bandile Hlophe.
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SINGER and guitarist Barry Thomson, of The Reals, goes solo this weekend for his I Am, I Said show, to be staged at The Rhumbelow Theatre’s temporary Umbilo branch at St Cyprian’s Church Hall, 603 Umbilo Road.

It will be presented at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (April 6 and 7) and 2pm on Sunday (April 8).

The show is said to be an intimate tribute to a selection of popular artists that have bared their souls, through songs, for the world to see.  Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty are a few of the artists featured in the show.

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

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THE songs of Ray Charles, Big Mamma Thornton, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald are among those featured in a new show by Bandile Hlophe and Dane Francis, Young Man Bring Back The Old School, to be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (April 6 and 7).

Durban musician Bandile Hlophe offers the heap of blues, jazz and soul after eight years abroad performing in the stage production of The Lion King in Madrid, Spain, as well as being a semi-finalist on The Voice Spain (La Voz)in 2016.

After touring Spain and South America in 2017 with Melendi (his coach on The Voice) Bandile returns home in this acoustic show which will be filled with music that has influenced him one way or another in his career over the years.

In a generation that has become lost in pop and rap culture Bandile aims to show that the younger generation can still appreciate the classics.

He will be backed by Dane Francis.

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

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IN association with Concerts SA, bassist, composer and 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Benjamin Jephta, will be taking to the road in anticipation of the release of his sophomore album, The Evolution of an Undefined.

Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Benjamin Jephta.

Catch him at Johannesburg’s The Orbit at 8.30pm on Friday, April 6, when entry will be R140, then at Durban’s The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Gandhi Road,  at 11pm on Saturday, April 7 (bookings via 079 753 6313).

He will also perform at Durban’s Bat Centre from 3pm on Sunday, April 8 (no couvert charge), before gigs in Cape Town.

Jephta has already become one of the premiere double and electric bass players in South Africa. His debut album, Homecoming,  has received many accolades including a SAMA and Metro Award nomination,n and award for ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at the Wawela Awards in 2016.

With this new offering , Benjamin fuses his love for jazz with hip-hop, electronic and rock music, reflecting the influence of popular culture on young people in the 21st century.

The album is available for pre-order exclusively on iTunes and Amazon Music and releases on May 1.  Copies of the new CD will be on sale at the local performances, for R150.

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THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the Unvierstiy of KwaZuku-Natal in Durban presents a special edition of the ever-popular Piano Passions concerts, which are characterised by a programmer of short sets by formidably talented pianists.

This concert, scheduled for 7pm on Friday, April 6, is a belated birthday concert for Professor Darius Brubeck who turned 70 last year.  He headlines a roster of former students and highly individual piano stylists, including Melvin Peters, Andile Yenana, Neil Gonsalves, Nishlyn Ramanna, Debbie Mari and Burton Naidoo.

“April is Jazz Appreciation month and the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is thrilled to have the opportunity to launch our programme of events for the month in such fine style,” says a spokesman.

The concert will be held at the Howard College theatre on campujs, so as to enjoy use of the recently refurbished Steinway pianos.

Admission is R100, R80 for pensioners and R50 for students. All proceeds go to the Ronnie Madonsela scholarship which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Contact Thulile Zama at (031) 260 3385 for bookings and enquiries.

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LAST gasp…note that The Hinds Brothers will be performing from 6pm on Saturday, April 7, at St Clements in Musgrave Road, Durban.


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