KZN events and a must-do

Dave Starke… performing in Hilton tonight (Wednesday, March 13).


THE Gloucester Blues Band, Dave Starke and Bowstring are scheduled to perform at the next Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Hilton, on Wednesday, March 13.

Bowstring – comprising Rebecca Webster on vocals, percussion, ukulele, guitar and keyboards, and her father, Charles Webster, on vocals, guitar, percussion and ukulele – will entertain from 7pm.

Starke, an excellent singer and guitarist based in Eshowe, Zululand, will perform from 7.45pm, followed by  The Gloucestor Blues Project at 8.30pm.

The Gloucestor Blues Project offers an eclectic blend of traditional blues and old-school rock. It features John Goodall (guitar and vocals), Mark McTaggart (bass and vocals), Andrew Dickinson (guitar) and Ian Dickinson (drums), who present material influenced by artists ranging from John Lee Hooker to Led Zeppelin.

The barn opens at 6pm and admission is R40 at the door. Take your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Musicians who want to play at MiTH should contact

The eagerly awaited ReRouting Arts Festival, a site-specific multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses alternate public spaces around the city of Pietermaritzburg, promises much fun this weekend.

A member of Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company.

Events on Friday (March 15) are scheduled for the Tatham Art Gallery where, from 6pm, the spotlight will be on a free performance of Corpusonic, a collaborative electro-acoustic music performance by artist-musicians Francis Mennigke and Wayne Reddiar.

Exploring field recordings, sound design and feedback, Corpusonic is said to open up an ambient, improvised, sonic world with organic textures and strange loops. Through an immersive sonic experience, the performance seeks to challenge the audience and extend the possibilities of listening as a creative and interactive act.

Visitors also have the opportunity to join Rob Boyd for Nighthawks at the Diner, at 6.30pm for 7pm at the Café Tatham. This is the third talk in his series, Tangled up in Poetry, a fun social history that looks at how rock &  roll and poetry got mixed up together and changed everything.

The cost is R140 and includes a glass of wine/juice, a finger supper and coffee or tea. To book phone (033) 342 8327.

At 10am on Saturday (March 16), a series of live performances will start from inside the Tatham Art Gallery. The audience will be led through the building and outside into streets and parks, all the while experiencing different performances by a number of artists.

Performances to look forward to include a short film, It’s Like a Second Skin: The Facade by Lorin Sookool. It looks at the blurred behavioural boundary between our online-public selves and our offline-private selves.

Also on the bill is a dance piece by Sifiso Khumalo of Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company. Titled Passing Through, it focuses on how we see things around us but do not notice them until later in life.

William Le Cordeur’s Mahlekahlathini Theatre Company will perform its own work, The Thing about Wolves, inspired by the legend of the South African Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony, and the rescue effort of Baghdad Zoo in 2003.

Through non-verbal theatre, music and puppets, the show tells the story of a young girl from a KZN Midlands Village who travels in her dream to a zoo, and together with her new friends, rescues the animals.

The collaborative performance The Unknown, created by Julie Iarisoa (Madagsacar) in collaboration with Tshediso Kabulu (Durban) is also one to look forward ro

These performances are free and parking will be available at the Tatham Art Gallery.

Ace guitarist Deb Goldswain.

Saturday evening performances include guitar wizard Seb Goldswain live in the Parklane Underground Parking lot. Seb is a highly versatile musician,  having studied Jazz guitar and Composition up to Honours level at UKZN.

The Underground parking opens at 6.30pm for the performance at 7pm. The evening will take the form of a ‘picnic in the car park’ so take your own seating and get there early to secure your spot! Tops will be providing a bar.

Tickets cost R80 and can be booked through You can also buy tickets at the show.

Meanwhile, if you are a Frank Sinatra fan I would highly recommend you book to see a new show that is running only until Sunday at The Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga.

It’s Sinatra and Me, fresh from success in London and Los Angeles, and is in Durban as part of the first leg of a South African tour.

It stars Britain’s Richard Shelton, who has a voice very close to that of Sinatra, and is an elegant and excellent show. My full review and booking details by clicking here:


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