Sound Advice (Oct 3-9)

Jazz vocalists: Nombuso Ratsha, Andiswa Maduna, Nomthandazo Madiya and Nomfundo Cele perform on the UKZN campus in Durban on October 10.

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BILLY SUTER with his weekly gig guide for in and around Durban. This week’s highlights include a campus vocal showcase, a tribute to Neil Diamond and a Midlands Octoberfest.
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DURBAN band The Reals present Hot August Night, a tribute to Neil Diamond, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 5 and 6) and 2pm on Sunday (October 7), and again at these times from October 12 to 14 and October 19 to 21. The show will also run at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof from October 24 to 28.

Born in January 1941, Neil Diamond is an American composer, singer, musician and actor. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, he has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2018, Diamond received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barry Thomson of The Reals.

Paying respect to the music of this legendary artist are Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, musical director Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals and Jason Andrew on bass guitar and vocals.

Included in the show’s repertoire are Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, Longfellow Serenade, Desiree, You Don’t Bring Me Flower’, America, Heartlight, Sweet Caroline and I’m a Believer.

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

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A VOCAL showcase for charity is being presented from 6pm on Wednesday, October 10, at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban campus.

Billed as Singing For 67 Blankets, the event will include a varied programme of opera, classical voice, popular music, jazz, isicathamiya and solo and ensemble singing.

This concert not only provides a platform to showcase talented, diverse musicians in the School of Arts, it also provides an opportunity to make a contribution to the national charity.  67 Blankets.

Singers have contributed in various ways, including knitting squares or whole blankets for the good cause, and, of course, their performances, for the 67 Blankets campaign. The blankets will be presented to charity representatives at the concert before being distributed to people and communities in need across the city.

Opera singer Bulelwa Msane.

The concert will include close-harmony jazz vocal group UKZN Voices under the direction of Debbie Mari; the Pop Voice Ensemble led by Durban theatre personality Anthony Stonier, Opera soloists Wayne Mkhize, Khulekani Miya, Margaret Mfayela and Bulelwa Msane; and jazz vocalists Menzi Cele, Lwazi Khuzwayo, Nolwazi Dlamini, Nomfundo Cele and Josie Matabola.

Also on the bill are pop singers Nobuhle Khuzwayo, Tony Hlangu, Nhlanhla Mthethwa, Nomcebo Luthuli and Minenhle Skhosana; the UKZN Opera Ensemble directed by Lionel Mkhwanazi and the UKZN AMD Isicathamiya Ensemble directed by Nu Luthuli.

“You can expect to hear jazz standards such as I Could Write A Book, In a Mellow Tone and Doxy; pop favourites I’ll Rise Up and Have You Ever; opera classics including Habanera and Giuseppe Verdi’s Bella Figlia Dell Amore alongside South African compositions Mme le ntat,e and eThekwini by the late Andile Mseleku,” says a spokesman.

There will be CD giveaways and Popup Society vouchers up for grabs. Doors open at 5.30pm and admission is R80 ( R50 for pensioners and R25 for students). For more information call Thuli at (031) 260 3385.

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DURBAN band The Reals present Hot August Night, a tribute to Neil Diamond, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 5 and 6) and 2pm on Sunday (October 7), and again at these times from October 12 to 14 and October 19 to 21. The show will also run at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof from October 24 to 28.

Born in January 1941, Neil Diamond is an American composer, singer, musician and actor. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, he has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2018, Diamond received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Paying respect to the music of this legendary artist are Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, musical director Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals and Jason Andrew on bass guitar and vocals.

Included in the show’s repertoire are Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, Longfellow Serenade, Desiree, You Don’t Bring Me Flower’, America, Heartlight, Sweet Caroline and I’m a Believer.

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

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A SURE crowd-puller in The Midlands this weekend will be the Octoberfest scheduled for Saturday, October 6, at Fat Harry’s at Kamberg Mountain Shadows.

Popular band Serrotone will be providing the music at the event, for which your R250 admission will include lamb and pork spit braai, German sausages, vegetable dishes, bread and rolls, salad, and a German dessert.

Serrotone will entertain with three sets – one at 3.30pm and two in the evening/.

The group, which is to be joined by  Nick Ames, one of the country’s finest trumpeters, features former Spoonfeedas vocalist and songwriter Peter Guthrie, Billy Kruger on drums and singer-songwriter James Robertson.

Tickets to “Das fast Deutsche Octoberfest”, as it is being billed, are available by phoning 079 753 3986 or 071 657 7966.

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THE Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino is presenting the colourful A Rocking World Tour 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 Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino.

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 Queen.

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 Rain, Christina Jenkins, Jemma Shankland, Jean Citto 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.

My full review of the show by clicking here; https://wp.me/p8dL0W-3EY

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LOOKING ahead… note that after 14 years and a few varied venues along the way, the “new look” Durban International Blues Festival returns to Zacks restaurant at Wilson’s Wharf from 7pm to 11pm nightly, from November 1 to 3.

This year’s line-up is tight, concentrating on the demand to showcase more of South Africa’s own blues talent, both local and national.

With good food and drinks from Zack’s and their neighbours, Julio’s, live music and a family atmosphere, throw in the ever popular auction for a guitar, this year’s festival is not one to be missed.
Unreserved tickets can be bought at Computicket (R150 each)  and limited tickets available at the box-office will cost R160 each.

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