Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Jun 5-11)

Dev van Rooyen of Calico, which performs at Music in the Hills, Hilton, this evening (June 5).


PIETERMARITZBURG alternative rock band Calico is the headline attraction from 9pm today (Wednesday, June 5) 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.

Calico formed in June 2017 and has supported Gangs of Ballet and Diamond Thug. The band consists of Josh Gilliver on drums, Cuan Stretch on lead guitar, Dev van Rooyen on bass and Rudo Ludick on vocals and rhythm guitar.

Vocalist, actress and music teacher Shelley McLean is the 8pm attraction at MiTH, and at 7.30pm, the spotlight will be on modern love songs performed by Cashmere Karly, a new duo comprised of Maryke Jonsson and Charles Webster. They focus on modern folk-pop with lilting harmonies, and featuring Maryke on  piano and Charles on guitar.

Webster will also be on stage from 7pm alongside daughter Rebecca, performing as the duo Bowstring, offering a mix of original and cover material. Their influences include John Mayer, Hozier, Lee Dewyze, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Evanescence.

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 Jazzy Rainbow, part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which fosters love and support for live music in our communities, presents trombonist and composer Siyalo Zulu from 7pm on Friday (June 7).

Trombonist and composer Siyalo Zulu.

The Jazzy Rainbow is at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road in Morningside. Admission is R50 including a free drink for students. To book phone (031) 303 8398.

Originally from Pietermaritzburg, Zulu has played with various bands, including The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band, The University of KwaZulu-Natal Big Band, The Nomkhubulwane Experience Band and AfroGong.

He is a versatile musician, covering a variety of genres such as jazz, classical, gospel, house, hip-hop and Afro music. He has performed with Themba Mkhize, Khaya Mahlangu, Africa Mkhize, Salim Washington, Themba Mokoena and Vusi Mahlasela.

After matric at Alexandra high School, Zulu was accepted to study music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also a jazz/classical music student at the Durban Music School under the tutelage of piano maestro Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane and Christoph Spies.

The line-up for June 9 has Zulu backed by trumpeter Thabo Sikhakhane, pianist Sbonelo Nxumalo, Dalisu Ndlazi on double bass and Kabelo “Boyi” Mokhatla on drums.


TWO baby grand pianos will be on the stage at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, from Friday to Sunday (June 7 to 0) for Pianomania, a new show meshing piano virtuosity with rollicking humour and fun.

The show includes the works of Bach, Mozart, Sondheim, David Bowie, Madonna and hilarious original songs by its stars.

The stars are excellent, Cape Town-based pianist and singer Godfrey Johnson and equally stellar pianist Nicholas McDiarmid. They explore all styles from baroque to boogie. They include hilarious characters, sketches, musical arguments and good, old-fashioned piano-playing.

Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

The charming and versatile Godfrey Johnson has performed more than 40 shows locally and internationally.

Having made his concert debut with the Cape Town Symphony, playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, at the age of 19, Nicholas McDiarmid continued his musical performances as a pianist and violinist whilst focusing on a career in publishing.

He performed in The Sydney Chamber Orchestra between 2011 and 2013, and continued his musical development through teaching, accompanying and writing. He returned to performing full-time in 2015, and has enjoyed successful performances at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, the PopArt Theatre and the Foxwood Theatre.


DON’T miss the final weekend of The Reals band’s fine Traveling Wilburys tribute show at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof, from Friday to Sunday.

Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, then at 2pm on Sunday. Tickets cost R150 each and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

For my review click here:


FIVE versatile vocalists have been assembled for the latest show headed for the Rockwood Theatre, where it will slot in from June 6 to August 4.

The production is Megastars of Pop – saluting superstars such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Pink, Elton John, Elvis Presley and Tina Turner – and vocalists in the show are Jae Green, Candice Kennedy, Ruan Geldenhuys, Donovan Yaards and Michael Jonathan.

They will be backed by a band featuring Nick Pitman on lead guitar, Evan Cullum on keyboards and vocals, Dillan Kanny on drums and Reece Cook on bass. be permitted free for all performances at the popular theatre.

Candace Kennedy in Megastars of Pop at Sibaya Casino’s Rockwood Theatre.

Tickets for Megastars of Pop cost only R99 each on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Tickets for shows from Friday to Sunday cost R130 each for adults (with a special half-price offer to pensioners at the matinees on Sunday).

The Rockwood Theatre is a show and dinner venue with a floor that is wheelchair-friendly. It offers a wide range of offerings for group bookings, conferences, fundraisers and private functions.

The casual dining experience is perfectly complimented with a fully stocked bar. For menu options and seating plan visit the website:

Tickets can be booked at or by calling (031) 010 6444.


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