Sound Advice: Gigs (May 7-14)

The 3 Os jazz trio. From left are David Langley, Logan Byrne and Stanley Matlou .

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BY BILLY SUTER

DURBAN pianist David Langley, drummer Stanley Matlou and contrabass player Logan Byrne present The 3 Os at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, in the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, from 6pm on Wednesday, May 8.

Jazz 3 Os is a spin on a jazz trio and the team, all accomplished solo performers, are coming together to preserve the true art of 1950s to 2000 jazz styles.

The members, all of whom hold university degrees in music, will offer swing, be bop, hard bop, cool , free, modern, Latin and electric-fusion jazz.

Doors open at 5.30pm. Admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners, R25 for students). Phone Thuli at (031) 260 3385 for more details.

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ROARKE Angelbright, an alternate-folk artist with singer-songwriter roots, born and raised in Durban, is the 9pm headline attraction at this week’s Music in the Hills (MiTH) meeting in a barn at the Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton, on Wednesday, May 8.

An energetic young artist, Roarke takes inspiration from folk, rock, blues, indie, grunge and hip-hop and brings these influences into the context of a solo-acoustic artist.

He uses a high standard of live-looping; bringing in stacks of vocal layers, guitar, percussion, basslines, beatboxing, singing, raps, and guitar solos to craft his sound.

He is accompanied by Nat Bruzas on percussion to put together a full, raw and authentic performance – focused on original music and storytelling with some energetic covers thrown in.

Since Roarke’s last appearance at MiTH a  year ago, he has released his debut EP, Chaotic Neutral, and opened for Matthew Mole. His latest single, Wastelands, is playlisted on several radio stations.

Roarke Angelbright.

The 8pm performer at MiTH this week is Pietermaritzburg-born acoustic guitarist and vocalist Roly Struckmeyer, who started playing the guitar at age seven.

His music career began when he returned from England in 1989 to form a band known as House On The Hill. During his career, Roly has performed with Wonderboom and Landscape Prayers. He has also played Butternut, The Farryl Purkiss Band and Deluxe.

 In 1994, while in America, he played on the Free Stage at a festival in Boulder, Colorado, and was a member of Arapaho for the last year of their career.

Roly worked with Syd Kitchen in the early 2000s, and with Perez from 2001. He’s now joined the latter as an official band member.

Roly performed new material at Splashy Fen 2019 and is excited to be back at MiTH.

The 7pm MiTH pick is Façade, a group of five matric boys, who don’t study music but use it to escape their school lives. They aren’t genre-based, but are inspired by jazz, rock, folk and indie.

The band consists of Simon Browse on drums, Richard Taylor on guitar and trumpet, James Dawson on vocals, keyboards and guitar, Richard Officer on guitar and sax, and Kombo Magara on vocals, bass and guitar.

Admission to MiTH, a semi-open mic music club,  is R40 at the door. Take along  your own booze (food and soft drinks are available for sale). For more info call Charles Webster at 082 331 7271.

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ON Friday, May 10, the KZN Youth Orchestra will perform a musical collaboration with Thomas More College music department.

Thomas More’s choirs and marimba bands will perform a few items and then the KZN youth orchestra, conducted by Lyk Temmingh, will perform orchestral classics.

Members of the KZN Youth Orchestra.

The concert will finish with the Thomas More junior primary and senior primary choirs and soloists, and Thomas More orchestra, joining the KZN Youth Orchestra for a couple of massed items.

The concert will start at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm. Patrons are encouraged to take food and beverages as the hall will be set up with tables and chairs.

Tickets are available at the door an hour before the concert and cost R70 for adults, R50 for pensioners, R40 for high school pupils and R10 for primary school students.

The concert will take place in the Thomas More Hall. Call Cathy on 082 349 8362 for more information.

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THE Maswitsi Band performs at Durban’s The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, from 7pm on Friday, May 10, when admission will be R50.

This gig forms part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues, in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Maswitsi (Sesotho for ‘sweets’), a quintet project created by Stanley Matlou and Kgethi Nkotsi. Maswitsi, will present music composed by Kgethi and arranged by both artists.

The line-up on Friday will include Nkotsi on trombone, Matlou on drums, Leon Scharnick on alto saxophone, Obakeng Thamage on piano and Freeman Gumede on electric bass. To book phone (031) 303 8398.

Nkotsi is a versatile trombonist from Tembisa, who started playing the trombone in 2013 at the Moses Molelekwa Arts Foundation. Nkotsi has worked with local and international musicians, performing with the likes of Billy Harper, Stefon Harris, Khaya Mahlangu and Salim Washington.

Trombonist Kgethi Nkotsi.

Nkotsi is not only involved in the jazz scene, having also worked with the gospel artist Takie Ndou on his latest project called Hope Arise.

Matlou found his passion for music while growing up in Johannesburg. He learned how to play the drums at the Moses Molelekwa Arts Foundation where he was taught by Jerry “Bra Monk’’ Molelekwa himself.

During his time at the foundation, he got the opportunity to be part of the Taiwa Jazz Band. He has also worked with bands such as the Forest Jam Project (collaboration of Switss and South African musicians), SA ROY (vocal trio from Madagascar), Give it Horns, The New Life and Sankofa.

He has also played at festivals such as The Essence Festival Durban, Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, Chris Hani Jazz festival, Ekurhuleni Jazz Comes Alive, Durban Bass Day festival, African Indigenous Music festival, Summer on Smash and has appeared on SABC2 Morning live, Etv Sunrise and Ukhozi FM.  Matlou is currently studying jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

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Durban guitarist Shaun Dragt is joining The Reals band as a special guest for their new show, Tribute to The Travelling Wilburys.

It runs at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, and 2pm on Sunday, May to 12 – and again at those times from May 17 to 19.

The group will play all the Travelling Wilburys hits as well as material associated with individual members of this supergroup – Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.

The Reals band comprises Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, musical director Dawn Selby on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals, and Jason Andrew on bass and vocals.

Tickets cost R150 each and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

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