Sound Advice (Mar 27- Apr 2)

UKZN students who will be among those participating in the free Clash of African Genres, which forms part of the UKZN African Music and Dance Lunch Hour Concert,.

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BY BILLY SUTER

SOME interesting fare has been arranged for the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal today (Wednesday, March 27)  – a midday show focused on African song and dance, then a 6pm performance by Bantu’s Clef, a band led by Mozambican guitarist Milton Chissano.

Clash of African Genres, which forms part of the UKZN African Music and Dance Lunch Hour Concert, is a free concert to be held from noon to 1.05pm at the campus’s Howard College Theatre.

It will see third-year students presenting a diverse, multi-cultural and unique performance that explores some parts of the continent with content composed and arranged by students.

A celebration of Africa in song and dance, it includes isiBhaca dance, African contemporary dance, Nguni dance, gumboot dance, African gospel and isicathamiya.

The students scheduled to perform are Mangaliso Ndwalane, Nhlanhla Magubane, Njabulo Mbonambi, Thabiso Buthelezi, Thulani Zulu and Smangaliso Khumalo.

From 6pm today (March 27), in the campus’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the second level of the Shepstone Building,   the spotlight will he on Bantu’s Clef.

The band features Milton Chissano (guitar), Leon Scharnick (alto and tenor sax), Bucco Xaba (drums), Njabulo Shabalala (percussion) and Doctor Vezi (electric bass).

The Bantu’s Clef project, which launched its first official concert in 2008 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, offers music that can best be described as “world music” in the language of contemporary jazz, rooted in strong African rhythms, Latin-American, Afro-jazz and other global musical influences.

The band will perform mainly original compositions and interpretations of pieces by Brazilian, South African and Mozambican composers.

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LOOKING to Saturday, note that Josie Matabola and her band are scheduled to entertain at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside. Admission is R50 and to book one should call (031) 303 8398.

Jazz vocalist Josie Matabola .

Presented in association with Concerts SA, the event will see the up-and-coming Pretoria jazz vocalist performing standards and her own jazz compositions, accompanied by Sanele Phakathi on piano, Dalisu Dlazi on bass, Sbu Zondi on drums and Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet.

Matabola has studied a the Vusi Mahlasela Music Academy and is currently studying jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has performed at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, and in 2010 formed part of an all-female band called Friends Band, which became a backing vocalist for Judith Sephuma, Louis Mhlanga, Sello Galane and Steve Kekana.

She went on to work with Salim Washington, Tau Tshadi, Morayks and Paseka.

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SINGER-SONGWRITER Mbuso Khoza performs from 7pm on Saturday, March 30, at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale, where admission will be R40.

Khoza will also entertain from 4pm on Sunday, March 31, at KwaMashu’s Artizen Restaurant & Lounge, where the entry fee will be R80.

Mbuso Khoza performs from 7pm on Saturday, March 30,

Presented in association with Concerts SA, Khoza is from Eshowe. His music has been described as rich and unique, a delicate mix of deep, traditional Zulu music infused with jazz elements

Khoza lists Salif Keita and Angelique Kidjo among those who have influenced his sound. Joining him on stage at The Luthuli Museum will be Sphe Mngwengwe on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Sbu Zondi on drums.

At the Artizen gig, two other bands will also take to the stage: Afro oul and Scelo Ngowane.

SATMA and Metro FM award winning group AfroSoul is an Afro-pop trio based in Durban. Scelo Gowane is an Afro-soul/R&B artist, self-taught producer, guitarist and composer from KwaMashu.

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Still in Durban, if you haven’t seen it yet, make a point of catching the new show by versatile band The Reals, Rock Guitar Legends, which is being staged in Kloof at 8pm every Friday and Saturday , and at 1.45pm on Sundays, until March 31. The venue is the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road.

The Reals – salute to guitar heroes.

Rock Guitar Legends is a low-fuss but high-impact production that is special in that it marks the first show in many years from The Reals in which they are simply themselves – a good band in their own right.

There are no guest singers/musicians. There is minimal theatricality, neither props nor costumes, and no audio-visual aids. The team simply shine with good music, sheer professionalism and an unbridled passion for what they do.

The main spotlight is on singer-guitarist Barry Thomson working magic with four guitars, with excellent backing from Dawn Selby on keyboards, Mali Sewell on drum and Jason Andrew on bass.

Expect hits associated with Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Queen, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Shadows and others. For my full review and booking details click here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-4fR


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