Sound Advice (Dec 19-25)

The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters perform at MiTH on Hilton this week.

BILLY SUTER with his weekly Gig Guide in and around Durban. Highlights this week include fun with The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, musical comedy with Aaron and Lisa, and some Christmas crackers in Umbilo.

THE final Music in the Hills (MiTH) event for 2018 is planned from 7pm on Wednesday, December 19, in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton.

The MiTH band will open the evening with a festive set of tunes, followed by the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, a band that will present a retrospective tribute to their 27 years on the music scene.

Expect social commentary and quirky tunes from their two CDs, both of which will be on sale. 

The evening will end with some fun and well-known tunes with a bunch of MiTH mates.

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.


DURBAN’S screwball twosome are back on stage – Lisa Bobbert and husband Aaron McIlroy are presenting a zany collage of comedy and song, Bloopers, at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, until December 24. Tickets for this show cost R180 each (not the usual R150).

Lisa Bobbert in Bloopers.

Performances of Bloopers are scheduled for 8pm on December 19, 20, 21 and 22, and at 2pm on December 23 and 24.

Bobbert and McIlroy cover subjects ranging from self-deprecation to cultural appropriation, land fills, land grabs, hand grabs, cannabis oil and the ridiculous things we humans get up to… all set to a rocking musical back beat! See my full review by clicking here:

Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.


THE showband fun at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this weekend and next sees singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, bassist Andy Turrell, keyboardist Dawn Selby, singer Marion Loudon and drummer Adrian Wilson presenting Christmas Crackers.

Performances are scheduled for 8pm on December 21 and 22, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, December 23, and Monday, December 24.

 “Following our crowd-pleasing formula, our festive fare includes some jolly Christmas singalong favourites and hit songs from Barry and his band The Reals’ most popular tribute shows of 2018, including items from Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, Bad Company, Neil Diamond and British Invasion,” says a venue spokesman.

My review of the show is available by clicking here:

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


JAZZ band 38 Degrees Rising will perform from 7pm on Saturday, December 22, at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside. Admission is R80 a d more details are available by phoning (031) 303 8398.

Presented in association with Concerts SA, the concert will see 38 Degrees Rising performing a wide range of styles within the jazz framework. Their repertoire features original compositions along with reworkings of jazz standards and jazz interpretations of contemporary pop.

The concert at the Jazzy Rainbow will focus on straight-ahead guitar based jazz, featuring material by artists such as Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Joe Pass. Songs covered will included 4 on 6, West Coast Blues, Little Sunflower, Alice in Wonderland, Wave, Blue Monk, ’Round Midnight and Take Five.

Max Mikula, Devan Hore and Logan Byrne of 38 Degrees Rising.

After many years of freelance work with jazz, Afro-soul and rock groups, 38 Degrees Rising guitarist and composer Max Mikula spent four years on the road with acoustic pop group Henry Ate and solo artist Karma, performing on two award-winning albums.

He then fronted Afro/World band Tsunami, featuring his own original material. He has since toured nationally and in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands.

Along with performing, he teaches music at several Durban schools, including the Open Air School for the physically disabled.

Logan Byrne of 38 Degrees Rising has been playing electric and double bass in a variety of genres (from reggae, world music, pop, rock, funk, and jazz) of music and groups in and around KZN for over 30 years. He recorded and toured with Landscape Prayers and also featured as a member of Darius Brubeck’s band  in Nante, France, while he studied music performance at UKZN. Logan has recorded on numerous albums over the years.

Devon Hore of 38 Degrees Rising has worked with a number of artists, including Gerald Sloan, Melvin Peters, Philani Ngidi, Tresor Riziky, Ewok, Pinkie Mshali, and Burton Naidoo. He has also shared the stage with supporting acts for Heels Over Head, Marcus Wyatt, Jimmy Dludlu, Afro Soul, Third Day, Ringo and Gangs of Ballet.

Devon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Popular Music, majoring in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


A JAZZ feast has been planned for 10am on Saturday, December 22, at Durban’s Jazz Xpression House, 20 Wright Place, Carrington Heights , when the spotlight will be on popular pianists Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane and Sanele Phakathi

Admission is R250, including food (bring your own drinks), and booking is via

iSupport Music Business in partnership with Concerts SA presents the Real Cats End of the Year Session at Jazz Xpression House.

Mashiloane is a prolific artist whose academic credentials speak volumes for the kind of passion and discipline he has for music. He has a Masters in Jazz Performance and graduated Cum Laude from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Mash has been well received by audiences while touring to promote his two albums Amanz’ Olwandle (2016) and Rotha – A Tribute to Mama (2017).

His debut album Amanz’ Olwandle was the first glimpse of a very promising musical journey through jazz, an accrual and reflection of every music experience he had accumulated throughout his upbringing and music career.

Umlazi-born Sanele is a contemporary singer and pianist. He is widely known for playing the piano/keys for some of SA’s most celebrated jazz musicians, including Mbuso Mbusuyeza Khoza, Xolisa Roro Gqoli-Dlamini, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Philani Ngidi.   

He started playing the piano at the age of 17 and his personal sound bears reference to the sound of yesteryear soul and jazz legends he in turn refers to as his musical inspirations, such as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Bheki Mseleku, Keith Jarret and Oscar Peterson.

The Sanele Phakathi Quintet performs at a variety of venues in and around Durban.


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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