Sound Advice: Gigs (May 30-June 5)

R&B-soul singer and songwriter Masandi performs in Port Shepstone on Sunday, June 3.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include a Carole King and James Taylor tribute show in Kloof, and gigs by Thulile Zama and Masandi.

IF YOU enjoy the music of James Taylor and Carole King, you would do well to head for Tina’s Hote, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, for the Rhumbelow Theatre presentation of Troubadors, teaming Dave Starke and Too Bit Mac.

Scheduled to be staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (June 1 and 2) and also at 2pm on Sunday (June 3), the show is said to be a slightly theatrical, mostly musical tribute to two of the foremost singer-songwriters of the 1960s.

Singer and guitarist Dave Starke.

Take the butter-like voice of James Taylor, that made famous songs like Carolina on My Mind, You Can Close Your Eyes, Sweet Baby James, Fire and Rain and Never Die Young, and contrast it with the soulful, rich voice of Carole King in songs likeSo Far Away, Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

The result is a mellow, emotional journey through the lives of these two friends and lovers, their music and their madness.

Starke is a Cape Town-born guitarist and singer. Former frontman for acoustic rock band, Soulfire, he is now a full-time solo performer and composer. Dave appeared on the first season of The Voice South Africa and in addition to performing at theatres and weddings, he composes music for film and television.

Too Bit Mac is South African-born singer who was educated in the US. On her return to South Africa, she performed in High School Music South Africa. She is currently the vocalist in KZN corporate showband Brandy Bossa Nova.

Tickets for their tribute show cost R150 (R130 for pensioners). To book, phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.


THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the second level of the Shepstone Building at UKZN’s Howard College campus, presents The South African Jazz Songbook, a series of jazz workshops and concerts, at 6pm on Friday, June 1.

Trombone player Chris Anderson.

The spotlight will be on a top ensemble of five high-profile US jazz artists – trumpeter James Ford, guitarist Bob Ferrazza,, trombone player Chris Anderson, pianist Michael Orenstein and bassist Emma Loring Adomeit. Joining them on drums will be South African Karen Devroop.

This concert is a part of The Unisa Music Foundation in collaboration with the US Embassy (Pretoria).

Doors open at 5.30pm. Tickets cost R100 ( R80 for pensioners and R50 for students). Phone Thuli at (031) 260 338  for more details.


SINGER Andiswa Maduna is scheduled to entertain at The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban, from 7pm on Friday, June 1.

This performance is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit Programme, 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 Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

Maduna, who is from Pietermaritzburg, is studying jazz and popular music at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. She started singing at a young age and was a member of chool choirs.

“Having started off singing choral and gospel music, I can say that those experiences have taught me to be a more versatile singer” she says.

In her musical endeavours she has worked with various gospel artists including Mthokozisi Zakwe,Khombi Mthanti, Israel Mkhize, Thina Zungu, and Dudu Gazu as their backing vocalist.

Maduna will be accompanied by Obakeng Thamage on piano, Senzo Mdamba on bass and Lesedi Tlholoe on drums.

Admission is R50, including a free drink for students. For more info phone (031) 303 8398.


IN association with Concerts SA, R&B-soul singer and songwriter Masandi embarks on a regional tour with a  band and special collaborators, that will see him performing in Port Shepstone – at eBar Endala, Ray Nkonyeni Road, Gamalakhe – at 1pm on Sunday, June 3.

Heavily influenced by soul music, rhythm and blues and hip-hop, as both a vocalist and lyricist, Masandi is on his first solo tour, following the release of his Escalation EP in 2017.

The tour includes performances in Swaziland and Mozambique.

The first R&B artist signed under KO’s CashTime Records, Durban-born Masandi is also well known as a presenter and actor, especially for his role in popular TV drama Isibaya.

Masandi will be supported by an array of young, talented instrumentalists.

Perfect Zuma, aka TCee, is a UKZN Jazz Piano graduate. Giyani Shangase, also known as G Funk, is a Durban-based bassist, producer and DJ.

Thabiso Lavish has been selected as the special guest artist for the tour, opening for Masandi at every gig.

For more information call Musa at 078 573 3801.


IN association with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business presents a tribute to Miriam Makeba, A Tribute to Mama Africa, by Durban vocalist Thulile Zama, at KwaMashu’s Artizen Restaurant and Lounge at 3pm on Sunday, June 3.

Tickets will cost R50 and will be available at the door.

Thulile Zama of Durban.

Zama will be accompanied by Rebakah Doty on drums, David Smith on keyboards and Sibusiso Mkhonza on bass. Also featured will be the Ulozolo Dancers from KwaMashu.

Zama promises to bring the audience “Rhythmic grooves, beautiful lead vocals and basslines that make you move your feet.”

Makeba’s career influenced Zama and her band members to such an extent that they found it fitting to do a tribute in the honour of Mama Africa. They have performed it at venues in Pretoria, Hammarsdale, Kloof and Pietermaritzburg.

Zama and her band have chosen songs from different eras of Makeba’s illustrious career, including favourites like Pata Pata and The Click Song.

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