…… BY BILLY SUTER……
IN CONTINUING efforts to keep Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre franchises afloat at a time when audience capacities remain limited to 50% by Covid-19 regulations, Rhumbelow manager Roland Stansell has planned a series of fresh events.
Besides a steady programme of shows, and also varied movie screenings on the theatre’s new stage-wide screen, Stansell has now introduced a series of informal Monday Music events for the venue, highlighting new and familiar faces.
These events are supported by Concerts SA through funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SAMRO. Concerts SA is administered by IKS Cultural Consulting.
The first of these 6.30pm Monday Music events was due to start on May 9 but a power outage saw it postponed to the same time on Monday, May 16, at the Umbilo branch of the theatre, at 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road. Two fine Durban-based guitarists, Eston Lloyd and Milton Chissano, will perform.
Lloyd has been playing guitar and singing since the age of eight and at the age of 15 co-founded a rock band called Grounded4Life. His musical inspirations include U2, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer and Jack Johnson.
He has toured with established South African recording artists Lloyd Cele and Lenski Alfred, and has also featured alongside many South African gospel and secular artists.
The experience and challenges of working with such artists has enhanced Llpoyd’s ability to perform various genres such as popular music, rhythm and blues, Afro-jazz, blues and fusion, aside from his initial love for rock.
Lloyd has released three singles on iTunes and also featured on the second season of The Voice South Africa at the Blind Auditions, when he received a favourable response from Lira, Karen Zoid and Bobby van Jaarsveld.
Mozambique’s Milton Chissano is a guitarist, composer and arranger. From an early age he was passionate about playing the guitar. He met a Spanish Catholic priest who introduced him to classical guitar, flute dolce, musical sight reading and musical theory.
Growing up in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, Chissano had opportunities to meet and mingle with many musicians of various musical backgrounds; from traditionally-orientated musicians to Mozambican folk music players and purveyors of Afro, jazz, Lati and pop.
In the past 15 years he has been based in Durban, where he originally came to study jazz and popular music at UKZN. He has been playing with various local musicians, his own Tropic Jazz Trio, as well as solo (fingerstyle guitar-picking)
He has led various bands, including Bantu’s Clef which launched its first official concert in 2008 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (UKZN).
Tickets for Music Mondays cost R100 at the door. Food is available at the Rhumbelow, but you can bring along your own snacks (although all drinks have to be bought at the theatre’s pub). Covid protocols are observed at the theatre, where limited secure parking is available.
Note that scheduled for Monday Music at 6.30pm on May 30 is Victor Sithole, who will perform alongside Matshitshi Ngema (guitar, ngungu and vocals) and Mandla Mgabhi (percussion and vocals).
At 6.30pm on June 6, the spotlight will be on pianist Samkelo Njinji, joined by Blessing Twala on bass and Snethemba Cele on vocals.
Also in line to perform, at 6.30pm on June 27, is ace Durban guitarist Sebastain Goldswain, a fingerstyle virtuoso, composer and performer known for his intricate and energetic style of playing. He opened for the George Ezra SA tour Goldswain is noted for his original, fiery, acoustic songs, as well as traditional and modern South African tunes. He is noted, too, for various tributes to great fingerstyle guitarists such as Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins.
PS: When you attend any Rhumbelow event please take along some non-perishable food item for theatre management to donate to Moth Cottages, to help support those that are struggling in these increasingly tough times.
For more details whatsapp or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.