Sound Advice: Gigs (Feb 27-Mar 5)

Local duo Zeeroover performs tonight (February 27) at the Music in the Hills event in Hilton.

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BY BILLY SUTER        

ZEEROOVER, a Richards Bay-based duo with a combined 70-plus years in the music industry, is the headline attraction today (Wednesday, February 27) at the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in the KZN Midlands.

The duo – comprising “The Bone Collector,” aka Dr Eugene Viljoen, (orthopaedic surgeon) and “The Car Guard,” aka Corrie Pretorius (businessman) – will perform from 9pm at the event at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton. Admission is R40 at the door.

The Bone Collector is said to combine the styles of Jon Gomm, Tommy Emanuel and a genuinely unique percussive guitar technique, to produce a full bass, percussion and jazz/blues guitar sound – effectively a three-piece band on his own.

Also known as Zwarte Piet, he hails from the alternative Afrikaans rock Zwarte Piet Band, which wowed audiences at InniBos, Splashy Fen, Poets Porch, Dollos Fees and on many other stages around South Africa

The Car Guard is a multi-instrumentalist, adding touches of acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano accordion, keyboard and lead vocals to create a full, rich and warm sound. Son of the Spies & Plessis funny man, Danny Pretorius, and having toured SA in bands like Insane Obsession, Slightly Touched and Vagabond, Corrie joined Eugene in 2012 to form Zeeroover.

The MiTH 8pm choice this week is Durban multi-instrumentalist Ryno Theron, who focuses mainly on experimental guitar. His influences include rock, blues and different forms of ambient music.

The 7pm performer at MiTH will be Scrapyard Junkies, a group whose live sets include original tunes, covers from mid-20th century jazz standards through to post-punk, grunge and contemporary indie-rock, and improvised jams.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. Take along your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.

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ALSO worth seeing tonight (Wednesday, February 27) is the duo of bassist Ariel Zamonsky and vocalist Juana Pires Rafael. Catch them from 6pm at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in the Shepstone Building on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban campus.

bassist Ariel Zamonsky and vocalist Juana Pires Rafael. Catch them from 6pm today at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in the Shepstone Building on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban campus. Picture by Ihsaan Haffejee,

This acoustic collaborative project started with the aim of exploring the musical connection between Africa and South America.

Being two Argentinians living abroad, Ariel and Juana both felt the necessity to acknowledge their musical heritage and fuse it with the musical influences that they have been exposed to throughout their careers, to build a personal and relevant sound.

This later inspired their own compositions. some of them on Zamonsky’s debut album, Between Two Worlds.

These have now driven the duo into a new and characteristic sound that succeeds in translating their musical identity. Their repertoire includes original arrangements on jazz standards and South American traditional and popular music as well as their own compositions. They often feature musicians from diverse backgrounds. 

Ariel Zamonsky is an Argentinean bass player who relocated to South Africa in 2005, where he studied jJazz and met musicians such as Tumi Mogorosi, Sibusile Xaba and Nhlanhla Mahlangu. He has been mentored by South African greats: Andile Yenana, Afrika Mkhize, Nduduzo Makhathini, Ayanda Sikade, Marcus Wyatt and Feya Faku among others.

Born in Argentina, vocalist Juana Pires Rafael relocated to South Africa in 2016 to learn about African music. Her love for music is visible in every performance she delivers. She has travelled across the world, engaging with different types of music and musicians, which gives her a quite distinct

Admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners, R25 for students). Contact Thuli at (031) 260 3385 for more details.

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POPULAR singer and musician Cat Simoni tips a hat to country music acts in her new show, Cat Does Shania, headed for Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this weekend.

Now resident in Cape Town, Cat doesn’t only salute Shania Twain, but also presents songs associated with Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood, as well as offering some surprises.

She performs on piano, guitar and fiddle in a show devised and directed by Paul Spence.

Cat Simoni salutes Shania Twain and other country stars at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo this weekend.

Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday (March 1 and 2) and 2pm on Sunday (March 3). Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards) and booking is via Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Note that one can take along one’s own meals to the theatre, but all drinks must be bought at the venue. Light meals can also be bought at the theatre.

The attraction this weekend at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel,  Beryldene Road, Kloof, is the Gee Jays vocal trio, presenting And That’s When The Trouble Started.

John Didlick, Gary McKenzie and Grant Bell take a comical look at what often happens in relationships when there’s “trouble in paradise”. In between the jokes and patter are songs associated with Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Johnny Nash, The Bee Gees, Procol Harum, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, One Direction and Justin Bieber.

Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday (March 1 and 2) and 2pm on Sunday (March 3). Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards) and booking is via Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Also note that Lisa Bobbert presents her fun Bobbertlicious show at Northlands Bowling Club, 50 Margaret Mayton Avenue, Durban North, at 8pm on Saturday, March 2.

She presents a variety of zany comical characters, and a good mix of song and comedy, in a show for which tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

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NOTE that a free performance by guitarist and vocalist Mbijana Sibisi is scheduled for Durban’s Playhouse from 5pm on Friday, March 1.

The South African artist, who is now based in Belgium, will be touring South Africa until May 1. Durban is his first stop.

Sibisi’s music can be described as a mixture of storytelling and Zulu folk. He considers himself a social commentator and aims to use his music to spread stories about societal issues.

Joining him on this tour will be guitarist Milton Chissano and percussionist Njabulo Shabalala. Additionally, for The Playhouse performance, Sibisi will also feature Doctor Vezi on bass.

Guitarist and vocalist Mbijana Sibisi is scheduled for Durban’s Playhouse from 5pm on Friday, March 1. Picture by Black Lotus Photography.

 


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