Sound Advice (Dec 5-11)

The cast of The Foxy 4 at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof. From left are Leigh Meyer, Camilla Rogers, Marion Loudon and Jemma Kate Badenhorst.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly Gig Guide in and around Durban. Highlights this week include The Black Lapels in a Hilton barn, a tribute to great British music in Umbilo and an all-woman vocal salute in Kloof.

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 Black Lapels from Durban.

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


WELL 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 show, with guitarist Shaun Dragt as a special guest, is scheduled for performances at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (December 7 and 8) and 2pm on Sunday (December 9).

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;


FIVE bands are lined up for Durban’s Winston Pub at the Winston Hotel at the bottom of Clark Road, Umbilo, from 8pm on Saturday, December 8, when the Coastal Defacation Tour reaches the city. Admission is R50 a head, and doors open about 6.30pm for the music to flow from about 7pm.

The lineup includes Bleeding Spawn, Displeased Disfigurement, Resurrection of Fetal Remains, Desolation and Imperious Vision.

Merchandise will be on sale.


A REMINDER that 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, 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.

For my full review of the show click here:


POPULAR saxophonist Thami Mahlangu, in association with Concerts SA, Luthuli Museum, Artizen Lounge and iSupport Music Business performs at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville on Friday, December 7, and at Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu on Sunday, December 9.

The Luthuli Museum is at 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street in Groutville. The concert starts at 6pm on Friday and tickets cost R30 at the door. More information by calling 083 337 2518.

Sax ace Thami Mahlangu. Picture by Lindo Mbhele.

Artizen Restaurant & Lounge is at 33 106535 Street, KwaMashu. Sunday’s concert there stars at 3pm and admission is free.

Born in Tembisa, Mahlangu will entertain with back-up Zibusiso Makhathini on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Riley Giandhari on drums and Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet.

“I am an ‘every genre’ type of horn player that is very much influenced by what is around me. People can expect nothing but the truth when they hear me play. My music comes from the bottom of my heart.  says Mahlangu.

“I am planning to portray my versatility reflecting all my life stories through the music I will play during this tour.”

Mahlangu started playing music at church where he played trumpet at age 12. At the age of 14, he was taught clarinet and sax at the Moses Taiwa Molelekwa Art Foundation, where his talent was discovered and nurtured.

He was part of the MTMAF band, called Taiwa Jazz Band, from 2008 until 2012, and played with famous percussionist Poncho Sanchez at a workshop in Johannesburg, held at Moses Molelekwa Art Centre as part of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz event.

Mahlangu has shared stages with Hugh Masekela, Feya Faku, McCoy Mrubata, Zim Ngqawana, Sydney Mnisi, Boney Rachabane, Zonke, Lira, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Concord Nkabinde, Carlo Mombelli, Paul Hanmer, Khaya Mahlangu, Sydney Mavundla and Thandi Ntuli, among others.


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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