Sound Advice (Sept 12-18)

Singer-guitarist and songwriiter Rowan Stuart performs in Hilton.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide. Among music highlights in and around Durban this week are performances by Rowan Stuart and Ayanda Thango, a campus guitar showcase and a party show saluting global hits.
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DURBAN singer-guitarist and songwriter Rowan Stuart, of Silver Balloon fame, is the headline attraction at this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in Hilton – in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive.

Doors open at 6pm on Wednesday, September 12, the music flows from 7pm, and admission is R30 at the door.

Stuart will perform as part of his national Solitary Tour. Having recently released his fifth studio album, and with radio success on major stations countrywide with his latest single, Survivors, he continues to bring his own signature of alternative pop and folk music to a wider audience.

First up at the MiTH event, at 7pm, will be Ilan Lax and Charles Webster, followed an hour later by Jessica Martins (from season one of The Voice South Africa) and Nish Pillay.

Singer-songwriter Martins and Pietermaritzburg percussionist Pillay offer a blend of music from indie-rock to reggae-folk, using piano, guitar and traditional and new-age drums.

Visitors are encouraged to take along their own booze at MiTH’s fortnightly events, although food and soft drinks are available for sale.

Musicians who want to play at MiTH, should contact Charles at 082 331 7271 or Doug at 072 340 7034.

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THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, presents a Guitar Showcase concert, featuring first-year to third-year students, from 6pm on Wednesday, September 12.

Durban guitarist Nick Pitman.

Participants are Nick Pitman, Damien Roodt, Mkhanyisi Ngubelani, Sanele Ntombela, Dimitri Barry, Jesse Smith and Josh Swanson.

This concert forms part of a series of instrumental showcases planned over the course of the year. The last one will be the Brass Showcase on Wednesday,  October 3.

Expect songs including Tenderly by Walter Gross, Point of View by Jimi Dludlu, Qula Kwedini (Zim Ngqawana), Umkhumane (Nduduzo Makhathini), Izolo ( Sandile Shange) and standards like Four, Impressions, Take the A Train, All the Things you Are and How High the Moon, along with some original compositions.

The venue is on the second level of the campus’s Shepstone Building. Doors open at 5.30pm and admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students. Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 for more details.

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SINGER Ayanda Thango, originally from Newcastle, is in line to perform at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road (formerly Goble Road), from 7pm on Friday, September 14.

The entry fee is R50 and tickets, available at the door, include a free drink for students. Phone (031) 303 8398 to book.

Thango will be accompanied at the Jazzy Rainbow by Sanele Phakathi on piano, Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Sbu Zondi omn drums, Salim Washington on tenor sax and Bethuel Tshoane on guitar.

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

Thango was part of various choirs from primary school through high school, which made her realise and value her gift and appreciation of music.

Singer Ayanda Thango.

She has been part of small groups and big bands, and has worked with world-renowned conductors. She was also part of the Northern KwaZulu-Natal Youth Choir which toured the United Kingdom and took first place at the World Eisteddfod in Llangohlen, Wales.

She also had the honour of performing at South Africa House in London, while she holds dear her performance of African Dream as the opening act for the Newcastle World Summit in 2010.

Having received classical voice training throughout high school, Thango decided to enrol for the jazz programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she has since shared the stage with the likes of Mbongeni Ngema, Salim Washington, Amanda Tiffin and Zenzi Makeba.

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A NEW production opens on  Thursday, August 13, at The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino – the colourful A Rocking World Tour, which runs until November 4?

Showcasing a vibrant parade of chart-topping hits from across the globe, A Rocking World Tour opens with a visit to Australasia, where the talented cast pay homage to the great bands and singers that rocked Down Under – from rockers AC/DC and Midnight Oil to the irresistible Kylie Minogue.  From there, they spin the globe and get caught up in an Asian adventure, with a colourful fusion of high-energy Bhangra and Bollywood hits.

The next stop is the world’s party capital, Europe, where the singers and musicians pay tribute to Sweden’s Roxette and Abba, Norway’s A-Ha, France’s Gipsy Kings and Daft Punk, Italy’s Eiffel 65 and Germany’s Boney M, before jetting off to Britain to celebrate the rock of Led Zeppelin.

The worldwide movement continues with the sultry sounds of Latino pop – Mexico’s Carlos Santana, and the cheerful Jamaican jams of Bob Marley. From there, the team bellydance their way through to South America, the only place where hips don’t lie, to the sounds of pop princess Shakira.

Among other acts whose music features in the show are Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Freshlyground, Brenda Fassie, Mandoza and PJ Powers.

The cast includes singers Aimee Gleeson, Christina Jenkins, Jemma Shankland, Jean Citto and Stephan Van Huysteen (who will be replaced on September 20, until the end of the show’s run, by Kieran Rennie).

The band consists of Barry Thomson of The Reals on lead guitar (to be replaced next week by former Tree63 guitarist John Ellis), Lloyd de Gier on bass, Dillan Kanny on drums and Shemuel Mahebeer on keyboards.

The theatre opens at 6.30pm – meals are on sale at the venue – with the show commencing at 8pm Thursdays to Saturdays. Tickets cost only R99 each on Thursdays, and R130 each for other performances, but half price for pensioners at the 2pm Sunday matinee performances, when under-12s get in free.

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