Sound Advice (July 24-31)

Pianist Afrika Mkhize, who teams with saxophonist Salim Washington for a Pinetown gig on Saturday, July 28.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include tributes to James Taylor and Amy Winehouse, as well as gigs by  Keorapetse Kolwane and Stone Jets.

THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal presents vocalist and songwriter, Keorapetse Kolwane, at 6pm today, Wednesday (July 25).

Kolwane completed her fourth year BTech in the Jazz and Popular Music Department of University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2017. Prior to that, she completed her National Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music at Tshwane University of Technology

She was selected for the annual Grahamstown National Youth Jazz Festival, and was among top youth jazz musicians to be part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band of 2015.

Keorapetse also works as a session vocalist and band member in various ensembles led by the likes of Concord Nkabinde, Viwe Mkhizwane, Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu, and other local acts.

She has toured throughout Egypt as well as in New York, Washington, Louisville, Orlando and Western Kentucky. She is doing her honours in music performance and research at The University of Witwatersrand and intends to continue furthering her music studies in the coming years.

She will perform a couple of her own unreleased compositions, which mix jazz with South African nuances.

Joining Keorapetse on vocals will be Zibusiso Makhathini on piano, Nhlanhla Radebe on bass, Stanley Matlou on drums and Leon Scharnick on saxophones.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular musicis on Level 2 of the university’s Shepstone Building. The doors open at 5.30pm show and admission is (R50 pensioners, R25 students). More info from Thuli at (03) 260 3385.


GOOD entertainment is to be found this weekend at the Rhumbelow Theatre at 42 Cunningham Road, Umbilo, Durban – Dave Starke’s tribute to the music of James Taylor and Carole King.

This is an expanded version of the show that premiered at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Tina’s Hotel venue some weeks ago, and has singer-guitarist Starke sharing the spotlight with Jaran Lienig from Norway, local singer Too Bit Mac, saxophonist Geir Daasvand from Norway and Cape Town-based guitarist and accordion player Lizzie Gaisford.

Dave Starke… Durban performances this weekend.

Performances are scheduled for 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday, July 27 to 29. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Also of note is that Durban’s Anthony Stonier presents Frankly, Sinatra at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday, July 27 to 28.

Stonier, who has been a recognisable presence on the South African stage for the past 30 years, singsall the Frank Sinatra hits.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.


THE Rainbow Restaurant at 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, together with Concerts SA, present the Mkhize/Washington Quartet in a free concert from 4pm on Saturday, July 28.

This promises to be one fine afternoon of music. This line-up recently debuted at The Orbit in Johannesburg and now it is the turn of the Rainbow faithful to experience the chemistry between pianist Afrika Mkhize and saxophonist Salim Washington.

That debut in Jozi brought two sold-out performances and standing ovations, for the team’s original compositions, balanced by their interpretation of essential standards.

Providing the glue will be Nigerian bassist Amaeshi Ikechi (last seen at the Rainbow in the Steve Dyers Quartet in 2014) and drummer Siphiwe Shiburi.


LOOKING ahead, note that the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal will be presenting The Amy Winehouse Tribute at 6pm on Tuesday, July 31.

The show features Winehouse hits as well as her musical influences on the likes of Adele, Colbie Callait, Meghan Trainor and others.

Kerry Cherry will be on lead vocals, alongside pianist David Langley, bassist Logan Byrne, drummer Devon Hor, trumpeter George Mari and alto sax man Avikar Maney.

Doors open at 5.30pm and tickets cost R80 (R50 for pensioners, R25for students). Contact Thuli at (031) 260 3385 for more details.


THE Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino is presenting a new show, Jukebox Hits, until September 2. It is probably the best show there to date, full of great songs and a fine lineup of vocalists including Liesl Coppin, Janine Cupido, Kyle Matthews and Percy Smith. Check it out from Thursdays to Sundays. Expect music by Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, Etta James, Def Leppard, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Elvis Presley, Michael Buble and more.


LAST GASP… Cape Town band Stone Jets is scheduled to perform at this week’s Soul Sunday Sessions at Northwood Crusaders Sports Club, 10 Ranleigh Crescent, Durban North. Admisison is free at an event that runs from 1pm.

Stone Jets, formed in 2013, perform a fresh, unique brand of Afro/pop-rock. The band has released two EPs, River and What I Say, and has performed alongside the likes of Hugh Masekela and Majozi.

The group has performed on SABC3’s Espresso morning Show and SABC2’s Hectic Nine-9s , as well as appearing on some of South Africa’s biggest festival stages.


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