Sound Advice (Aug 15-21)

Serrotone performs at the Music in the Hills event in Hilton this week.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include jazz on campus, a ’70s tribute shows by The Gee Jays and a show by The Reals and special friends.


NOTE that the next Music in the Hills (MiTH) in Hilton features Serrotone as headliner, from 9pm on Wednesday, August 15. This fortnightly event is held in a barn in the Knoll Historic Guest Farm.

Peter Guthrie, vocalist and prolific songwriter with Spoonfeedas for 12 years, has teamed up with James Robertson and close friend, drummer Billy Kruger.

Robertson who sang and wrote material for Spoonfeedas in 2001, also went on to form Cubic Inch. Between Guthrie and Robertson they have been part of writing and performing of some 10 or more singles.

The August 15 gig will start with a 7pm performance by Howick High School Rock Band and an 8pm performance by a trio called Many More, specialising in “urban poetic soul”.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. Take along your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Musicians who want to play at the fortnightly gatherings should contact Charles Webster at 082 331 7271 or Doug Borain at  072 340 7034.


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 a cool jazz act, Bebelaar/Goloukhov/Suesse/Kroll, from 6pm on Wednesday, August 15.

Bebelaar/Goloukhov/Suesse/Kroll have developed a unique style of performance. In addition to interpreting their own jazz compositions like Tango (Bebelaar) or In the Clouds (Goloukhov), they join Suesse in his “plus one” concept.

Ulrich Suesse studied music at the University of Music in Stuttgart.

“Plus one“ stands for electronic sounds which are added as a further element, thus combining interpretation with composition. The unusual aspect of this kind of music-making is that prefixed electronic sounds take on improvisational character and merges with piano (Bebelaar) and saxophone (Rossi).

Patrick Bebelaar is a German musician and composer. He is  an inventive pianist, hopping between jazz and classical music. His music and compositions are a combination of free jazz and ethno jazz. Folk themes as well as free improvisation contribute to his sound.

Vladimir Goloukhov is one of the most noted vibraphone players of Russia. Performing classical music as well as with Indian sitar-playing legend Ravi Shankar, Goloukhov has appearfed on stage in the U. (Carnegie Hall), Spain, Germany and Japan.

Frank Kroll (soprano sax and bass clarinet) studied with American lazz musicians including David Liebman. He has played with Indian classical musicians Pandit Prakash and Pandit Vikhash Maharaj.

Kroll was a fellow of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and the Hermann Haake Art Foundation in Stuttgart. He has played and recorded with Günter Lenz and Pierre Favre, amoung others.

Ulrich Suesse was born in 1944. He studied music at the University of Music in Stuttgart. Thereafter he did a variety of studies in composition: with Karkoschka, Stockhausen and Ligeti in Europe; in 1969 in New York with Berio (Juilliard School), Wuorinen and Tanenbaum (Manhattan School of Music).

From 1973 to 1976 he was  a lecturer for composition at the University of Natal, Durban, responsible for the establishment of an electronic music studio, and since 1976 (1980 as professor) at the University  of Music in Stuttgart.

He is now retired and  lives in Cape Town.

Tickets for the Wednesday concert, for which doors open at 5.30pm, cost R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students).

For more details phone Thulile at (031) 260 3385.


POPULAR Durban band The Reals performs a new show from Wednesday (August 15) until Sunday (August 18).

The Reals – Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew – will perform with Solomon and Chiorboli at 8pm nightly until Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday, at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road.

Twenty years have flown by since Neill Solomon and Dan Chiorboli played in their home town and there is a growing sense of anticipation around the homecoming dates at The Rhumbelow. The two have had extremely eventful lives in the musical world, from Neill’s early solo career through to Neill Solomon & The Uptown Rhythm Dogs, The Passengers and The Uptown Rhythm Collective, amongst many other projects the two have been involved with in between.

The Reals perform in Kloof this week.

Their new project, The Liberation Project, has just released Songs That Made Us Free – South Africa / Italy / Cuba (co-produced with Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music and Pink Floyd fame). This epic triple-CD musical adventure, based on the freedom and liberation theme of the three countries, features 36 songs recorded in 20 different studios around the world, with a total of 142 musicians and groups from 18 different countries. For more info

Following on from their sold-out concert at the Joburg Theatre commemorating Nelson Mandela’s legacy, as a finale to Africa Month, and performances at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and Soweto International Jazz Festival, the duo is excited about coming home to seeing their old friends and perform (together with The Reals), a full spectrum of songs from their early days through to the current album.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners), seating is at tables of six and booking is by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.


DURBAN vocal trio The Gee Jays – John Didlick, Grant Bell and Gary MacKenzie – perform their Don’t Tune Me, Ek Se at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 2pm on Sunday, August 17 to 19.

A mixed bag of South African nostalgia, corny cracks, comedy and song, the show features old hits such as Pretty Belinda, Yellow River, Tie a Yellow Ribbon, Rhinestone Cowboy, Let Your Love Flow and Have You Ever Seen the Rain. It salutes acts as varied as Paul McCartney and Wings, The Village People, The Beatles, the Bee Gees, The Bellamy Brothers, Jim Croce, Neil Diamond, Alan Garrity, Charisma and even Jeremy Taylor.

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


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.

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