Sound Advice: Gigs (Apr 25-May 1)

New Age Offering, a jazz octet set for two Durban dates this week – in Morningside and in Pinetown.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include a gig by a fine jazz octet and tributes to Miriam Makeba and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
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THE Lion & The Bear, an acoustic duo,  is the 9pm headline act at the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, scheduled for today, Wednesday, April 25. The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

The Lion & The Bear – in Hilton.

Formed by Avade members Ross Meintjes (vocals/guitar) and Ruben Thomas (bass/percussion/backing vocals) at the end of 2017, The Lion & The Bear performs a variety of covers in a own unique style, as well as original material. Expect a mix of blues, pop, funk and rock.

The evening’s opening act, at 7pm, will be Dani Foster, a singer and songwriter who studied vocals and composition at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and at The British and Irish Modern Music Institute UK, Brighton campus, for four years.

She earned a BA Honours degree in songwriting before returning home to South Africa and continuing her professional music career in Durban in late 2015.

Whilst studying, she completed her Debut album, Open Spaces (now available on iTunes), at Northwind Recording Studios, with award-winning producer Nik Fairclough.

Dani Foster…in Hilton

The 8pm performer will be The Lumberjax, featuring Craig Martens, Ron Gevers and Christo Loots. They offer the best of bluegrass and country music, “featuring vocal harmonies that ring with that high lonesome sound of the mountains”.

MiTH is a semi-open-mic music club allowing musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. (Non-musicians welcome too!)

Whether you’re a newbie looking for your first opportunity to perform publicly, or a more experienced, mature musician simply looking for people who are as passionate about music as you are, pop along.

Take your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.

Musicians who want to play at MiTH, should contact Charles Webster (082 331 7271) or Doug Borain (072 340 7034).

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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, presents New Age Offering from 6pm today, April 25.

New Age Offering, an octet of upcoming jazz musicians from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, will also perform at Pinetown’s Rainbow Restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane, at 5pm on Saturday, April 28. For this gig, call (031)702 9161.

The band was formed through the National Youth Jazz Band and successfully made the selection for the 2017 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band in Grahamstown.

They have since made their debut performance as an independent collective at The Orbit in Johannesburg and are now touring nationally with international tours on the pipeline.

Within the band are graduates and final-year students from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, University of Cape Town and Tshwane University, all majoring or majored in their respective instruments.

The sound offered by the band is founded on influences they draw from traditions of jazz and modern sounds. Originating from different cities across South Africa, there are also compositions which are a representation of the sounds of their home towns.

These young musicians have been under the mentorship of great South African jazz musicians and lecturers. They have performed internationally with various ensembles and participated in exchange programmes with universities abroad.

Rob Warren of The Black Lapels.

The repertoire is a representation of their journey, experiences and knowledge they have acquired through music at the dawn of their youth. With this collaboration they wish to join the community of young musicians producing music that has the ability to reach wider audiences.

If you have not been to Grahamstown you will definitely get a feel of what goes down at South Africa’s biggest National Art Festival.

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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IF YOU have not yet caught excellent Durban band The Black Lapels with their fun Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute show, make a point of catching it for its single show tonight (Wednesday, April 25) at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s branch at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof.

Featuring guitarist-singer brothers Rob and Garth Warren, as well as drummer Gareth Gale and guest vocalist-guitarist Rusty Red, the show featires at the CCR hits and more.

Tickets cost R150 each, seating is at tables of six and booking is by calling Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636. See my review of the show on this site, under ‘Music’.

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DURBAN singer Thulile Zama will present her fine show celebrating Miriam Makeba, A Tribute to Mama Africa, at Durban’s Alliance Française, 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, at 6pm on Thursday, April 26.

Thulile Zama… Miriam Makeba tribute.

The performance is presented by Alliance Française and iSupport Music Business. The admission fee is R80 and tickets will be available at the door.

Miriam Makeba, who was a vocalist and human rights activist, was the first soloist to put African melodies abroad in the 1960s. She is well acknowledged throughout the world and also known as ‘Mama Africa’.

Makeba’s career influenced Thulile Zama and her band members to such an extent that she found it fitting to do a tribute in honour of Mama Africa. She and her band have chosen songs from different era of Makeba’s illustrious career, including favourites such as Pata Pata and The Click Song, but also ballads.

The band will be made up of Thulile Zama on vocals, David Smith on keyboards, Rebekah Doty on drums and Sbusiso Mkhonza on bass. The performance will also feature the uLozolo dancers, with choreography by Lucky Cele.

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DURBAN singers Samantha Landers (of The Voice SA) and Shylo Perreira (a onetime Idols contestant) will again pool talents, backed by pianist Evan Roberts, for That’s Life, a musical entertainment to be staged for one performance only – at 2pm on Sunday, April 29 – at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at the Allan Wilson shellhole in Pietermaritzburg.

This follows the show’s rave performances at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, last week.

This must-see production 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!. See my review under ‘Theatre’ on this site.

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

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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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