Sound Advice: Gigs (May 22-28)

Cornel Meyer, is the headline attraction from 9pm today (Wednesday, May 22) at the latest Music in the Hills (MiTH) event at a barn in The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton.


A-FRAME, a band fronted by engaging Durban singer and rhythm guitarist Cornel Meyer, is the headline attraction from 9pm today (Wednesday, May 22) at the latest Music in the Hills (MiTH) event at a barn in The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton.

Doors open at 6pm and the music will flow from7pm. Admission is R40 at the door.

Said to embrace a sound meshing progressive rock and acoustic folk, A-Frame also features Roly Struckmeyer (vocals and bass), Rusty Red (vocals and lead guitar) and Andrew Makins (drums).

Durban guitarist Rusty Red.

The band will follow St John & Tanya, a piano-vocal duo, who will perform at MiTH from 8pm. They evidently provide a classy set with fun jazz and blues tones as well as twists on contemporary classics.

St John and Tanya have been performing individually most of their lives but met six years ago and immediately found an emotional connection through their music. They have been performing together ever since.

The 7pm slot at MiTH will be filled by Matthew Hoffman, a classically trained pianist with a BA Mus in performance, and an advanced diploma in music. He has written many of his own compositions, plays and studies various styles of music and currently works with several choirs via conducting, accompaniment or vocal training. He’ll be joined by Skippy Kubheka and Kyle Sandrino Pillay.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club that provides an opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. (Non-musicians welcome too!)

Whether you’re a newbie looking for your first opportunity to perform publicly, or a more experienced/mature musician simply looking for people who are as passionate about music as you are – pop along.

Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Musicians who want to play at MiTH, please contact


DURBAN’S Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the University of KwaZulu-Natal campus, is to present a showcase for bass guitar from 6pm today (Wednesday, May 22).

This show will feature the jazz bass students from first-, second- and third-year at the School of Arts (Music) programme. They will present original works as well as popular standards and covers.

Blessing Thwala will play his own composition as well as Indibano by Skokiana. Solomon Riba will perform Yakhalinkomo by Winston Mankunku Ngozi and Lonely Heart by Ernie Smith.

Freeman Gumede, who started his arts career in 2012, when he joined the K-Cap- Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in KwaMashu, is also on the bill. He will perform Leni’s Smile by Mike Stern and other numbers.

This concert forms part of a series of showcases that ran over the course of the year. Doors open at 5.30pm and admission is R80 ( R50 for pensioners and R25 for students). For more details phone Thuli at (031) 260 3385.


DON’T miss a fine new trio making its showband entertainment debut with a tribute to the music of Bob Dylan, now at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof, until Sunday.

Blessing Thwala is among musicians performing in a bass showcase at Durban’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music today (May 22).

It features singer, guitarist, keyboardist and harmonica player Tanner Wareham doing a great job of hits such as Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Mr Tambourine Man, Shelter From the Storm, Blowing in the Wind and All Along the Watchtower, with support from Reece Cook on bass and guitar, and Kenyan George Ogollo on subtle drums and occasional bass.

Performances are at 8pm nightly this week, until Saturday, then at 2pm on Sunay, May 26, Tickets cost R150 each and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Note that the show will also performed at the Umbilo branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre from Fridays to Sundays from July 19 to 28.

For my review of the show click here:


AS PART of Durban’s fifth annual Zakifo Music Festival, to be held this and next weekend, the groups Meute (Germany), The Make Overs, Dobet Gnahoré (Côte d’Ivoire/France, Sands (Swaziland), Puts Marie (Switzerland), Granmah (Mozambique) wil perform on Friday (May 24) at the The Winston /Origin in Glenwood. Admission is R250 a head.

As part of the same event, Sho Madjozi, Eme (Nigeria), Moonchild, Dope St Jude and Skye Wanda will be on stage at The Werehouse on Saturday (May 25). Admission there is R300 a head.

Head for The Rainbow Restaurant, Pinetown, for Reunion band Lindigo on Sunday (May 26), when admission is R80 a head.


IN association with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business presents three performances by one of South Africa’s favourite saxophone players, McCoy Mrubata, as part of a weekend of Africa Day celebrations.

Mrubata and his band will be performing from 10.30pm on Friday (May 24) at Durban’s The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Ghandi Road. Admission is R150 a head.

He is also to entertain at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale from 7pm on Saturday (May 25) when admission is R40. Call 083 337 2518 to book or buy tickets at the door.

Sax ace McCoy Mrubata. Picture by Lindo Mbhele.

Also catch him at Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu from 4pm on Sunday (May 26) when tickets will cost R50 at the door.

Mrubata’s visit will promote the release of his 12th solo album, Brasskaap Volume 3, which was recorded in Johannesburg, Cape Town and in France and released in March.

“People can expect a vibrant performance and a repertoire that will consist of new songs and old favourites. Besides the South African influences, my new material is full of beats and rhythms from North and West Africa – very fitting for Africa Day Weekend,” says Mrubata.

Born in 1959 in Cape Town’s historic Langa township, Mrubata grew up with the sounds of African music: the soulful hymns of the Zion Church, the chants and rhythms of traditional healers and the brassy jive of the Merry Macs band who rehearsed opposite his home.

When schooling became impossible in the aftermath of the 1976 uprising, the young Mrubata, then playing flute, studied informally under Langa greats like Madoda Gxabeka, Winston Ngozi , the Ngcukanas, Ezra and Duke, Blackie Tempi and Robert Sithole.

Over the years he toured and recorded with a dazzling array of South African and overseas jazz players, before he released his first solo album in 1989.

Joining Mrubata on stage will be an all-local lineup including Neil Gonsalves on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Riley Giandhari on drums.

At Artizen Restaurant and Lounge, vocalist Xolisa Dlamini will also perform..

Dlamini has performed to critical acclaim at many high-profile events. She performed in Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth games with Philani Ngidi, Hugh Masekela, Mahotela Queens and Micasa and at the inauguration of President Thabo Mbeki. She has recorded and performed with Busi Mhlongo, Serio Diaz from Brazil and Elie Kihonia from the Republic of Congo as a backing vocalist.

​These concerts are 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 Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.


PIANIST and composer Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane celebrates Africa Day at Durban’s The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Ghandi Road, from 11pm on Saturday (May 25).

Pianist and composer Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloan

Fresh from a Sama nomination, Mashiloane has reason to celebrate at the venue, as it is there that he launched his third album, Closer to Home.

The Mpumalanga-born and Durban-based musician, who is currently recording a rearranged edition of his album, will be joined at The Chairman by Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Riley Giandhari on drums.

Mashiloane has a Masters in Jazz Performance and graduated cum laude from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He lectures at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban Music School.

Admission for Saturday’s concert is R150 a head (deducted from food and drinks bill).


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