Sound Advice: KZN gigs (May 2-8)

Versatile Durban guitarist Nick Pitman performs at The Jazzy Rainbow from 7pm on Saturday, May 5.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include performances by a Joburg drummer, Durban’s South Jersey Pom-Poms and guitar ace Nick Pitman. 

IN ASSOCIATION with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business presents Johannesburg-based drummer Bernice Boikanyo in concert at three local venues this week, the first from 5.30pm today (Wednesday, May 2) at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Admission, available at the door, will be R80 (R50 for students and R25 for pensioners).

ohannesburg-based drummer Bernice Boikanyo.

Boikanyo, accompanied by Lungelo Ngcobo on keyboards and Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass, will also perform from 6pm on Friday, May 4, at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville, where tickets will sell for R30 at the door.

Also catch the team from 2pm on Sunday, May 6, at Seaman’s Corner, Unit 3, Hammarsdale. Tickets for this gig are also R30 at the door.

“I will be playing songs from my debut album, My Soul, which has lots of groovy compositions that will keep the audience tapping their feet. I will also be introducing some of the latest tunes from my next album,” says Boikanyo.

Born in Naledi, Soweto,into a musical family, Boikanyo grew up crafting his own drums, boring holes into five-litre paint tins, around which he stretched tyre tubes to make and explore different tones. Despite this he took on the bass and guitar in his teenage years, but his early passion for the beat, made a return.

In the early 1990s Bernice studied music – starting at CAMS, then at the well-known FUBA music centre and finally at Soweto’s music and arts academy, FUNDA.

For the first four years, he focussd on the piano, then in 1993, when he heard one of his part-time teachers, play the drums, Bernice realised drums were still his thing.

Kicking off his professional career, he was soon spotted by top artists such as McCoy Mrubata, who encouraged him to practise, saying that “one day you will play with me!” He subsequently honoured this invitation, and performed and recorded with the legendary saxophonist, a version of Missing You (one of the tracks on his debut album My Soul).

Bernice has since worked around the globe with an impressive array of artists, including Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, Jimmy Dludlu, Ringo, Pops Mohamed, Tutty Moreno and Roy Hargrove. He recently returned from a tour of East Africa supported by the Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund.


QUIRKY Durban band The South Jersey Pom-Poms will entertain at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, from May 4 to 6: at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday.

The colourful group features Grant Emmerich, Jochen Zeller, Sean Stewart, Belinda Henwood and Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby. They offer a cabaret-style romp through the tawdry world of ‘smoke and mirrors’.

Performing their own songs in French, German, Italian and English, and bringing their alter egos out to play, their shows promises much fun.

Tickets cost R150 and booking is by calling Roland Stansell at (082) 499 8636.      


DURBAN blues guitarist Nick Pitman is to perform at The Jazzy Rainbow from 7pm on Saturday, May 5, when admission will be R50, including a drink for students. To book phone (031) 30 38398.

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.

Pitman, enrolled in a BMus at UKZN, has been playing the guitar for more than 10 years, during which time he has explored the blues, rock and jazz genres.

In 2016 and 2017 he was selected to perform with the National Youth Jazz Band at the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival, The Johannesburg Joy of Jazz and the Orbit. Also in 2016 he was a part of the UKZN ensemble which travelled to Oslo, Norway, to play at the Oslo Jazz Festival.

Currently he is a part of the Blvck Crystals, which formed at the beginning of 2016 and which has gigged successfully around Durban at major venues including The Jazzy Rainbow, The UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, The Rainbow Restaurant, The Bat Centre and The Chairman. The band has also organised a successful tour to Cape Town, where it played four show during a week-long stay, and a Concerts SA sponsored tour to Maputo, Mozambique, where success continued into the four shows the band performed there.


DURBAN’S UKZN Centre for Jazz presents the sixth edition of the stylish and trendy Jokes and Jazz series from 6pm on Tuesday, May 8.

Mo Vadwa.

The new show will be hosted by comedian and former PhD student Mo Vawda, who is fast becoming a household name for his clean material and impressions as a touring act.

The event will feature comics Spencer Govender, Musa Zondi, Sbu Mnyandu, Mangaliso Mhlongo and Q Dube (Zimbabwe).

Badmood, a duo based in Durban, will offer the jazz. Band members are Sphesihle Monareng and Perfect Zuma, whose music is influenced by jazz, pop andR&B, Guests Artists are Levels and Blessing NMC.

Doors open at 5.30pm. Tickets will be on sale at the door at R80 each (R50 for pensioners and R45 for students). For pre-bookings phone (072 ) 338 6107.


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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