Sound Advice (Jun 27-Jul 3)

Guitarist BeeTsho performs at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale from 7pm on Saturday, June 30,

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include performances by guitarist BeeTsho and pianist-composer Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane
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THE Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, will  present The Johnny Cash Tribute at 8pm today and on Thursday, June 27 and 28.

The show features Rob Warren on guitar and vocals, his brother Garth Warren on bass, Gareth Gale on drums and Clare McIlroy on vocals.

The production is set in Folsom Prison and saluting the music and memories of the great Johnny Cash, has played to sold-out audiences in Durban and is back by popular demand.

Expect to hear hit songs such as Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, Man in Black, Cry Cry Cry and Walk the Line, as well as songs with June Carter such as Jackson, It Ain’t Me Babe and Jukebox Blues.

Dave Monks and Marion Loudon… Swinging Sixties show.

Tickets cost R150, seating is at tables of six, and booking is by phoning Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

Also note that the Kloof venue will present seasoned Irish singer and musician Dave Monks, alongside Durban singer Marion Loudon, in a salute to the hits of the 1960s.

The Swinging Sixties is scheduled for performances at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (June 29 and 30) and also at 2pm on Sunday, July 1. It has also been lined up to play at the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, July 8.

Expect to hear classics associated with 20 different artists, including The Carpenters, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Nancy Sinatra, the Bee Gees, The Monkees and Cliff Richard.

Tickets for the Kloof and Pietermaritzburg performances cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). Call Roland at 082 499 8636 to book.

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GUITARIST BeeTsho performs at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale from 7pm on Saturday, June 30, in association with Concert SA and iSupport Music Business. Admission is R30.

Also catch him at 11am on July 7 at a free concert at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville.

I have been working on new material and cannot wait to present it to new audiences. It is a uniquely African sound and I hope to release an album by December,” says Bethuel Tshoane, better known as BeeTsho.

BeeTsho is a deep-rooted, up-and-coming jazz guitarist from Limpopo who  pursued  musical studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 2012 to 2016. 

His musical influences are drawn from Bebop, African jazz, African indigenous music, Western classical music and African township style.

His guitar skill has been shaped by the sounds of George Benson, Jimmy Dludlu, Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery. Through various influences, he has established his own sound within the African jazz idiom.

He has worked with the likes of  Salim Washington, Nduduzo Makhathini, Neil Gonsalves, Thulile Mbili, Nomde Zuma, Precious Khomo, Philani Ngidi, Thobeka Langa, Ildo Nanja and Sibusiso Mashiloane.

BeeTsho’s band will include Bethuel Tshoane on guitar, Dalisu Ndlazi and Freeman Gumede on bass, Zoe “The Seed” Masuku on vocals, Sanele Phakathi on keyboards, Stanley Matlou on drums and Leon Scharnick on sax.

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IN ASSOCIATION with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business and Jazzy Rainbow present pianist and composer Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane in a tribute to musical legends at The Jazzy Rainbow at 8pm on Saturday, June 30.

Tickets cost R80 and are available at the venue at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road (formerly Goble Road). Admission includes a free drink.

Mashiloane will be presenting some of the finest music composed by Zim Ngqawana, Andile Yenana, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Bheki Mseleku.

Joining Mashiloane on stage will be Brydon Bolton on bass, Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet and Kabelo Mokhatla on drums.

Mashiloane has a Master;s degree in Jazz Performance and graduated cum laude from the University of KwaZuu-Natal. He has touring the country and beyond to promote his two albums, Amanz’ Olwandle (2016) and Rotha – A Tribute to Mama (2017).

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FROM 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, June 30, the Rainbow Restaurant, 23  Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, will present a free concert by trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni and friends, an event co-arranged by the venue and Concerts SA.

Trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni. Picture by Aalexia Webster.

Mlangeni is travelling to Pinetown with bassist Brydon Bolton from Johannesburg. They will perform alongside pianist Sibusiso Mashiloane, saxophonist  Leon Scharnick and young drummer Kabelo Mokhatla.

Mlangeni is a South African trumpeter and composer based in Johannesburg. An active bandleader and musician, he has toured widely – regionally and in Europe –and features in many of the most notable, recent, contemporary SA jazz projects.

His band the Amandla Freedom Ensemble’ released its debut album, Bhekisizwe, in 2015. He is also bandleader of the Tune Recreation Committee and formed part of Afrikan Freedom Principle.

For more details about the concert phone (031) 702 9161.

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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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