Sound Advice (Aug 29-Sept 4)

The Reals with guest vocalist Marion Loudon (right) perform their hit tribute to Woodstock in Durban this and next week.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Gigs in and around Durban include another MiTH event in Hilton, a tribute to the music of Woodstock and a concert by two sax aces.

THE Raconteurs, Supergrass, Royal Blood, Kaleo and old-school ’90s alternate bands are among acts that have influenced A.M, a Durban band that takes the 9pm slot at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in Hilton on Wednesday, August 29.

The fortnightly music gathering is held in a renovated barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.

A.M features Steve du Plessis (formerly of  Scooters Union) on drums and vocals, Jerome Jack (ex Bhora) on guitar and vocals, and the latest addition, Warren Dixon, on bass.

They have just released their first five-track EP, Damaged Goods, which has had some good airplay on Zone Radio, reaching No 3 with the track, Johnny.

Durban band A.M performs in Hilton,.

Whipland Marsh is a six-piece band that includes some of Durban’s most renowned metal musicians, fills the MiTH 8pm slot this week.

The members, who have toned down their sound to mix pop and alternative rock to create something new, features Steph Plevier on drums, Marcel Smuts on lead guitar, Prashant Pillay on rhythm guitar, Tanner Wareham on keyboards, Keegan Pratt on bass and Khalil Mansura on vocals.

The 7.30pm slot is to be filled by relative newcomer Erin Muirhead  and, from 7pm, the spotlight will be on Kevin Gurney, a singer-guitarist from Pietermaritzburg who will be making his fifth appearance at MiTH with acoustic folk songs.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. Visitors are encouraged to take their own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.

Musicians who want to play at MiTH, should contact Charles Webster (082  331 7271), or Doug Borain (072 340 7034). They are also available for directions if you need them.


IF YOU are a fan of sax music, you might consider a drive to Groutville to catch performances presented by Concerts SA and iSupport Music Business.

The Khaya Mahlangu and Salim Washington Quintet will perform at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville at 6pm on Friday, August 31, and at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale at 7pm on Saturday, September 1. Admission for each concert is R30 at the door.

These renowned saxophonists will be accompanied by Neil Gonsalves on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Stanley Matlou on drums.

Salim Washington. Picture by Lindo Mbhele.

Saxophonist, percussionist and composer Mahlangu has worked with Hugh Masekela, Tsepo Tshola, Busi Mhlongo, Vusi Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu and Jonas Gwangwa. He was part of Afro-pop group Harari, The Jazz Ministers and Spirits Rejoice.

Mahlangu co-founded one of South Africa’s greatest Afro-fusion bands, Sakhile, in 1982 and in 1998 formed Iconoclast with Victor Ntoni, Hilton Schilder and Vusi Khumalo.

US-born and now-SA-based Salim Washington is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, playing sax, flute, oboe and bass clarinet. Washington has played as a jazz musician throughout The US, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has performed and recorded with many of jazz’s greatest luminaries.

For more info about either of these performances phone 083 337 2518.


IT IS worth noting that popular showband The Reals is again staging the popular Woodstock showband entertainment at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof.

Performances are at 8pm nightly this week until Saturday, September 1, and again from Wednesday to Saturday, September 5 to 8. Sunday shows, at 2pm, are scheduled for September 2 and 9. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) at Computicket.

Featuring guest singer Marion Loudon, the band – Barry Thomson, Jason Andrew, Dawn Selby and Mali Sewell – present a fine tribute to the hits of yesteryear, associated with the historic music festival held over three days in the 1960s. My full review of the show by clicking here:

Also worth noting is that Irish singer-musician Dave Monks performs this weekend at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Umbilo venue in Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road.

Monks presents The Great British Pub Night at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (August 31 and September 1) and 2pm on Sunday, September 2.

The show offers a variety of golden oldies –from war songs through to hits by Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Roger Whittaker, Smokie, The Beatles and others.

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

By the way, are you aware that the Rhumbelow Theatre franchise has introduced a new ticket deal – R300 for two adults and two children. More about this and other ticket discounts by clicking here:


NOTE that Ard Matthews, of Just Jinjer fame, performs at Sibaya Casino’s Rockwood Theatre from 8pm to 10.30pm on Friday, August 31, as part of the launch tour for his new album, Impossible Machines. Book by phoning (031) 161 000.



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