Sound Advice: KZN Gigs (Apr 18-24)

Durban singer Natalie Rungan will perform pop and jazz on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include a performance by a quintet called Two Thekwini Bones and a salute to Pink Floyd.
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THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, showcases Durban jazz songbird Natalie Rungan from 6pm on Wednesday, April 18.

Having built a reputation for almost two decades as a professional singer, arranger, writer and producer, Rungan now has five albums.

She will perform jazz and pop classics with back-up from Neil Gonsalves and Calli Thomson on keyboards, Llewelyn Chetty on bass, Bruce Baker on drums and Mxolisi Mdlalose on saxophone.

Admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students with a student card). Doors open at 5.30pm.

For more info call Thulile Zama at (031) 260 3385.

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Samantha Landers.

DURBAN singers Samantha Landers (of The Voice SA), and Shylo Perreira will pool talents, backed by pianist Evan Roberts, for That’s Life, a musical entertainment to be staged at 8pm nightly from Thursday, April 19, to Saturday, April, 21, and also at 2pm on Sunday, April 22. The venue is the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof.

The show offers a musical journey through the life of women, featuring classic hits such as George Michael’s Careless Whisper and Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend, as well as songs from musicals such as Wicked and Funny Girl, and hits including I Kissed a Girl, Cheek to Cheek, That’s Life, This is a Man’s World and Oops, I Did it again!.

Tickets cost R150 each. To book, phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

Also note that the Durban vocal trio The Gee Jays –  Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell – return with a revival of their show, Don’t Tune Me, Ek Se,  melding sketches, favourite songs and corny cracks.

Catch it at the Rhumbelow Theatre, St Cyprian’s Church Hall, Umbilo Road, Umbilo, Durban, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday, April  20 to 22 . Tickets cost R150 each. Call Roland at 082 499 8636 to book or for more information.

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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. The  first was staged at 7pm last  Thursday and the next will be on Thursday, April 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

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Two Thekwini Bones.

A QUINTET called Two Thekwini Bones will perform at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road (ex Goble Road), Morningside, from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday, April 21, when admission will be R50 a head. More info from 031 303 8398.

The 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.

Two Thekwini Bones is a quintet ensemble project, recently started by Kgethi Nkotsi. The aim of this project is to expose the trombone’s full capabilities.

“Most times the trombone is seen as a backing instrument and not so much as a leading instrument in a band” says Nkotsi. “This project is a tribute to all who have paved the way for trombonists”.

The entire band is currently studying music at UKZN. The band members are Siyalo Zulu and Kgethi Nkotsi on trombone, Boy Mokhatla on drums, Zibusiso Makhathini- piano- and Sihle Yende on bass.

The concert at the Jazzy Rainbow will be the ensemble’s first as the Two Thekwini Bones project. The band will play music from an album called Two Bones by Curtis Fuller, known as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and a major post-bop stylist on trombone with remarkable techniques, including wide-octave leaps and whiplash phrases delivered in a relaxed manner.

For more information about the gig phone (031) 303 8398.

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THE Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino is presenting a new show, That ’80s Show, that is a fun entertainment. Check it out from Thursdays to Sundays  – it features Barry and Calli Thomson and a host of other talents. Expect music by Wham, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Def Leppard, Tears for Fears and more.

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