Sound Advice: KZN Gigs (Apr 11-17)

The In the Flesh band which presents Wish You Were Here, a Pink Floyd tribute, at Umhlanga’s Wave Park on April 12 and 19. From let are Neil Ford, Ross Tapson, Dulcie Erasmus, Steve Squire, Grant Halliday and Martin Sigamoney.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include a gig by guitarist Sebastian Goldswain, and salutes to Pink Floyd and Leonard Cohen.

THE Wave House at Gateway, Umhlanga – now known as The Wave Park – is under new ownership with new ideas and concepts for the entertainment plan going forward.

The new owners have engaged entertainment personality and one time owner of Ballito’s Pumpkin Theatre, Danny Fisher, to run and conceptualise the new programming for the Marquee venue that si now part of the Wave Park.

Whilst there is certainly still the “ family entertainment side” with kids activity, night markets and the like, Fisher is doing what he knows best: live entertainment/

The large and comfortable marquee area, with tables and chairs, will offer regular live entertainment and the first will be staged at 7pm this and next Thursday, April 12 and 19.

A six-member band called In the Flesh will present their popular Pink Floyd tribute show, Wish You Were Here, for which tickest cost R100 at WEBtickets.

In the Flesh features Dulcie Erasmus on keyboards/vocals, Neil Ford on bass, Grant Halliday on  drums, Steven Squier on guitar/vocals, Ross Tapson pn guitar/vocals and Martin Sigamoney on sax.

The show, which will open at 7pm with a support act still to be named, has already been staged to success in Durban, Richards Bay, Ramsgate and Pietermaritzburg. Plans are in progress for it to soon be staged in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

If you require any more info, phone Mark at (081) 75 9479


DURBAN is offered a unique artistic and religious experience from 5.30pm on Saturday, April 14  – Monteverdi’s Mass for Four Voices, sung by the Durban Chamber Choir and performed in the context of a sacred mass presided over by his Eminence Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier OFM, at the Emmanuel Cathedral.

“Much of the mainstream repertoire of Western classical music for at least 200 years was commissioned by the Church and written to be performed as part of a religious service.  When we do get a chance today to hear these pieces performed live, it is usually outside a religious place or context,” explains the Denis Hurley Centre’s Raymond Perrier.

Durban Chamber Choirs’ Jacomien de Klerk and Dominique Ingala with His Eminence Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier OFM preparing for Monteverdi’s Mass for Four Voices, at the Emmanuel Cathedral at 5.30pm on Saturday.

“But at 5.30pm in Emmanuel Cathedral on Saturday, one of the highpoints of Renaissance music will be sung by the Durban Chamber Choir in a setting and context comparable to the one for which it was written almost 400 years ago.”

Monteverdi’s Mass for Four Voices was composed to be used as part of the services in St Mark’s Cathedral in Venice.  Our own Emmanuel Cathedral – though not as ornate as St Mark’s – is just as imposing, also has a fine acoustic, and is similarly built on a reclaimed marsh.

Entry is free and all are welcome to the sun mass, however guests are invited to donate generously towards the Napier Centre for Healing, in lieu of buying a ticket. For more info contact the Denis Hurley Centre at (031) 301 2240.


SINGER and guitarist Dave Starke presents an excellent tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Pietermaritzburg branch of The Rhumbelow Theatre, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, at 2pm on Sunday, April 15.

Starke pays fine tribute to Cohen, offering not only a well-researched history of the man, his poetry, music and achievements, but also insight into Cohen’s thought processes. We also get various anecdotes, much interesting sideline info on the great poet and songwriter, and a lot of unexpected, dry humour.

Dave Starke presents his Leonard Cohen tribute in Pietermaritzburg at 2pm on Sunday.

It is an elegant and captivating show, impressively lit by Sarah Claxon. It has the cool and confident Starke doing a great job with hits such a So Long Marianne, Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy, Hallelujah and the moving The Treaty, as well as other hits and lesser-known material. Highly Recommended!

Tickets cost R150 each. Call Roland at 082 499 8636 to book or for more info.


THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal welcomes back guitar wizard Seb Goldswain, from 6pm on Tuesday, April 17.

Goldswain is a South African guitarist, composer and performing artist best known for his virtuoso guitar playing and high-energy stage presence.

With influences such as Tommy Emmanuel, Frank Zappa and Steve Morse, Seb expresses the rare talent of being able to entertain a pop crowd, as well as fans of jazz, rock, blues and heavy metal, all with his original music and masterful guitar playing.

With the arrival of his debut album, Pictures of a Thousand Words, Seb has now taken a bold step towards establishing himself as one of the new breed of original voices in South African music.

The centre is on the second level of the university’s Shepstone Building. Admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students with a student card. Doors open at 5.30pm, For more info contact Thulile Zama at (031) 260 3385.


IN celebration of Durban City Orchestra conductor Russell Scott’s 10th anniversary at the helm, the DCO presents Romantic Legends, the first concert in the Masters Series – a series of performances dedicated to growth, expansion and success of the Durban City Orchestra under Scott’s tenure – at 2.30pm on Sunday, April 15, at the Marianhill Monastery Church.

The programme will feature three very different, but equally enthralling Romantic Masters.

Opening the concert is Schubert’s enigmatic Unfinished Symphony No 8. Left incomplete upon the composer’s death, the lyrical melodies and dramatic structure provide the perfect concert appetizer.

Russell Scott.

The featured soloist for this concert will be Aristide de Plessism co-principal cellist of the KZN Philharmonic. Durban-born Du Plessis has studied in Cape Town as well as at the Zürich University of the Arts, where he studied with the renowned pedagogue and Principal cellist of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Thomas Grossenbacher.

He will join the orchestra in Dvorak’s iconic Cello Concerto in B minor.A mini symphony in itself, the B Minor Concerto, among all cello concertos, has been called “supreme” and has been recorded by almost every well-known soloist.

After interval, the final work on the programme will be the lesser-heard Symphonic Dances, Op 64 by Edvard Grieg.

A collection of four folk songs drawn from an 1853 collection by Ludvig Mathias Lindemann brings the performance to an explosive close.

Tickets cost R100 (R80 for pensioners and students) and are available via or at the door.


LAST GASP… note that Gasoline Alley, 95 Goodwood Road, Mahogany Ridge, will host The Rockathon with Salty Dog, Habit To, East Coast Basement Blues Band, What’s For Lunch? Lazy Disco, Calamity Jam, Kosher Bacon, Stone Palace and Bobby & The Dynamites afrom 11am to late on Saturday, April 14.

Good news is that there is free entry. For more info call Jason at (072) 283 1327.



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