Sound Advice (Aug 14-20)

Jacky van Staden and Daniel Winterbach perform as andtheRiddle at Music in the Hills, at Hilton’s The Knoll, tonight (Wednesday, August 14).

BILLY SUTER reports that a feast of varied music is in store in days to come, including nods to Woodstock, The Beatles and a campus gig by a hot guitarist.

TWO free-spirited musicians who go under the rather odd name of andtheRiddle perform as headliners and debut their new album, from 9pm to 10pm on Wednesday (August 14), at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, held fortnightly in a barn in Hilton.

The venue is The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Knoll Drive, Hilton. Doors open at 6pm and the music will flow from 7pm. Admission is R40 at the door.

The duo of Jacky van Staden and Daniel Winterbach, known as andtheRiddle, highlights multi-instrumental musicians who write, rehearse, record, mix, design, edit and produce everything in-house. Devoting their energy to the pursuit of reason, happiness and harmony, they embody this philosophy in the powerful, percussive acoustic melodies they create.

MiTH, a semi-open mic music club, will feature musicians Jon Shaban and Ian Fisher from 8pm to 9pm on August 14.

Fisher is a prolific modern songwriter raised in Missouri, and living in Vienna, Austria. His music is best described by Rolling Stone as “Half Americana and half Abbey Road-worthy pop” and “A world traveller’s perspective on American folk-rock”.

He has paid his dues, writing some 1 500 songs, releasing over a dozen records, and touring internationally for over a decade. Always flying just below the radar, Fisher’s music has found a home around the world with independent music lovers who appreciate a good song.

Having gigged extensively locally and internationally as part of various bands, Shaban has now gone. Armed with just his voice and his guitar, he takes to the stage to deliver songs described as honest and easy to relate to. The performance is raw and there’s no holding back on the sharing of extremely personal experiences.

The MiTH spotlight will be on Themba Mokoena, one of the country’s finest guitarists, from 7pm to 8pm on August 14. Taught to play by an elder brother, he started performing professionally in the 1960s with marabi and jazz bands, later joining the Durban Expressions, a jazz combo that toured extensively and relocated to Johannesburg in 1972.

Mokoena’s guitar playing caught the attention of the father of township theatre, Gibson Kente, and Mokoena went on to perform in most of his plays and at Soweto’s famous cabaret club.

With the demise of township soul and jazz in the late 1970s, Mokoena performed mainly as a session artist. In recent times he has toured and performed with Sibongile Khumalo in gigs in Israel and Switzerland.

He is revered by young musicians as a great guitarist and has mentored a younger generation of jazz artists, including Jimmy Dludlu and Selaelo Selota.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. 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 – come along and join us!

One can take one’s own booze to MiTH. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. For more details, and directions to MiTH, phone Charles at 082 331 7271.


THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will present a programme featuring Jazz Voice students from the UKZN School of Arts (Music), at 6pm , August 14.

Andiswa Maduna is among performers at UKZN tonight (Wednesday, August 14).

One can expect to hear jazz standards, South African favourites, contemporary songs and some original music. The programme will include solo and ensemble singing as well as the close-harmony vocal jazz ensemble, UKZN Voices, directed by Debbie Mari.

UKZN Voices will sing Joseph Kosma’s Autumn Leaves and a new arrangement of The Crossing, arranged by Concord Nkabinde as a special tribute to Johnny Clegg.

Song choices include Birdland, Joy Spring, Afro Blue, Time After Time and Yakhal’ inkomo, as well as songs composed by Stevie Wonder, Gretchen Parlato, Toots Thielemans and Busi Mhlongo.

Performers will Sne Cele, Courtney Pendy, Menzi Cele, Nomalanga Khanyile, Lwazi Khuzwayo, Sanele Khubisa, Wandithanda Makandula, Busi Hlokoza, Nosihe Zulu, Andiswa Maduna and Nomfundo Cele.

Doors open at 5.30pm and admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students). Contact Thuli on (031) 2603385 for more details.


THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, on the second level of the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will present final-year jazz vocalist Nombuso Ratsha from 6pm on Friday, August 16.

Ratsha was born and raised in Durban. She is a jazz vocalist, composer and arranger and has been a member of the UKZN Big Band for two years. She will be performing various jazz standards, combining jazz with other genres such as opera, and her own compositions.

Ratsha will be joined by Freeman Gumede (bass), Lesedi Tlholoe (drums), Sihle Mkhize and Ayanda Mfiki (piano), Boy Mokhatla (drums) and Andiswa Maduna, Mbuso Nxumalo, Nomthandazo Madiya and Menzi Cele on vocals, Other guests will includeDr Christopher Cockburn on piano and opera students Phila Mashabane and Luxolo Mahlasela

Doors will open at 6pm show. Tickets cost R60 and are available at the door.


DURBAN band The Reals is presenting one of its most popular shows, Woodstock, at Umbilo’s Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Road, at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays, until August 15. It will then be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Kloof, from August 30 to September 8.

The reals with guest vocalist Marion Loudon (right), present Woodstock this and next weekend.

The show, which the band has performed annually for a full decade, celebrates the 50th anniversary of America’s famous hippie festival, celebrating three days of peace and music.

Expect favourites associated with Creedence Clearwater Rervival, Jimi Hendrix, 10 Years After, Santana, Richie Havens, Janis Joplin, The Who, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and many more. 

The Reals 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. Special guest, the vivacious Marion Loudon, is on vocals and percussion.

They are an excellent team and this show is superb.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8626.


IF BEATLES music is your bag, head for Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof, this weekend for popular Midlands singer-guitarists Erin Fourie and Daniel Rossouw, in their show, While My Guitar…

Performances are scheduled for 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8626.

Singer-guitarist Erin Fourie performs in Kloof this weekend.

The show, devised and directed by Peter Mitchell, has had sold-out performances at The Hilton Arts Festival, The Hexagon Dive and The Knoll, and has toured to The National Arts Festival.

Fourie, a previous Idols Top 7 contestant, has had great success in shows such as A Tribute to Tracey Chapman and Joan Armatrading, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and I Heart the ’80s, while Daniel Rossouw is a member of popular group Pan Latino.


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