Sound Advice (Nov 27-Dec 4)

The cast of the fun The Foxy 4 at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly Gig Guide for in and around Durban. Highlights this week include a vibrant tribute show by four local female singers, a showcase for saxophone and a fine tribute to British music.

THE Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof, is presenting The Foxy 4 every Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm, from today (November 28)  until December 9.

The production stars Leigh Meyer, Marion Loudon, Jemma Kate Badenhorst and Camilla Rogers. It salutes artists including Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Adele, The Supremes, Marilyn Monroe, Carole King, Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, Gloria Estefan, Cilla Black and Aretha Franklin.

It’s said to be cheeky and fun, with stylish choreography and impressive costumes.

Jemma was recently seen in the Rockwood Theatre’s That ’80s Show and Best of Decades, while Marion (a longtime supper show favourite), Camilla and Leigh were all performers in KickStArt’s excellent Camelot, staged at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre earlier this year.

Tickets for The Foxy 4 cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.


WORTH checking out at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, is The Reals band’s British Invasion, a fun show celebrating great British music acts, including Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Hollies, The Clash, Queen, Bad Company, The Verve and others.

The Reals and guest Shaun Dragt (in white) in British Invasion.

The show, with guitarist Shaun Dragt as a special guest, is scheduled for performances at 8pm on Saturday (December 1) and 2pm on Sunday (December 2) and again from next Friday to Sunday.

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

For my full re view of British Invasion click here;


THE Blarney Brothers will close the year at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Pietermaritzburg branch, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, at 8pm on Saturday (December 1) and 2pm on Sunday (December 2).

Now celebrating its 44th anniversary, the trio of Irish singer-musicians are specialists at Irish ballads, catchy pub songs, popular chart successes and the occasional Irish jig.

The band comprises siblings Paul and Damien McIlroy and fellow band member, Tony Fisher, all of whom settled in South Africa in the ’70s.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with a valid card) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.


SAXOPHONIST Mxolisi M will be showcasing original works at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale from 2pm on Sunday, December 2.

Saxophonist Mxolisi M. Picture by Computer Sibiya.

Joining Mxolisi on stage will be Siya Mazibuko on keyboards, Freeman Gumede on bass and Stanley Matlou on drums.

Presented in association with Concerts SA and Seaman’s Corner, iSupport Music Business is presenting the concert, for which tickets will cost R30 at the door.

Mxolisi M is a professional saxophonist and all-round musician who was born and raised in the Johannesburg township of Katlehong. He relocated to KwaZulu-Natal to further his studies after matriculating and is now a resident of Durban, a husband and a father to twin daughters.

Mxolisi holds a degree in Jazz and Popular Music from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (he graduated in 2011) and a Diploma in Advise in Music from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (achieved in 2017). He was mentored by US saxophonist and lecturer Professor Salim Washington.

“On December 2 I will be playing some of my own music. I will also present my new single, KwaZulu, to be  released on November 30,” says Mxolisi M.

As part of his career he has been working on projects for artists such as Siphokazi Maraqana Mohapi, Zulu Boy, Musa Mashiane, Mondli Ngcobo, Khaya Mthethwa, and the Lindi Ngonelo Quintet.

Mxolisi has worked as a music teacher in high schools in Johannesburg and Durban. He has also conducted a number of music seminars and workshops in  South African townships and churches


LOOKING ahead… not that performing at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) fortnightly event in Hilton on Wednesday, December 5, will be versatile Durban band The Black Lapels, scheduled as the headliner act from 9pm.

MiTH is held in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Knoll Drive, Hilton. Doors open at 6pm and the music starts at 7 pm. Entrance is R30 at the door.

The Black Lapels is a band headed by singer, songwriter and guitarist Rob Warren, and his brother, bassist and vocalist Garth Warren. They are regularly joined by the rhythmic genius and musically astute Gareth Gale on drums, and fellow Durban guitarist Rusty Red, who is not only a gifted musician but also a talented recording engineer.

The MiTH 8pm pick for December 5 is Melanie Nash, who offers a good mix of fo

The Black Lapels band from Durban – Hilton performance on December 5.

lk-pop and contemporary music. Pietermaritzburg’s Matt Gardiner, who describes his music as indie-folk with a slight rock undertone, entertains from 7.30pm, and Midlands-based singer-songwriter and pianist Grace Botha opens the evening’s fun at 7pm.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. Take along your own booze. Food and soft drinks are on sale. For more details phone Charles Webster at 082 331 7271 or Doug Borain at 072 340 7034.


IF YOU are in the mood for golden oldies and a party atmosphere, you might want to check out Best of Decades, the showband entertainment running at The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga, until January 27.

The show, featuring hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and more recent years, marks the first full year of operation for this increasingly popular, three-tier supper theatre at Sibaya Casino.

Best of Decades is designed for audiences to let down their hair while waving goodbye to this year. Consequently, it is suitably jam-packed with classic chart favourites – as well as some decidedly lesser hits – in an attempt to keep most of the people happy most of the time.


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