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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


(KZN Philharmonic Concertmaster Joanna Frankel)

The Durban City Hall will be alive with glorious music when the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra launches the Spring Season of its World Symphony Series taking place every Thursday from August 25 until October 13.

“In this season, we will introduce the ‘Passport Series’ as the orchestra takes audiences on a global tour from Russia to Europe to Scandinavia and to South Africa,” says Bongani Tembe: CEO and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic. “The season includes concerts acknowledging Heritage Month and the National Youth Concerto Festival.”

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra continues its primary mission of bringing excellence in music-making to the city of Durban. The Winter Season features top South African and international musicians in an eclectic and carefully created programme of amazing music. “We are committed to bringing the highest quality concerts to Durban thereby enriching the city and province through music,” says Tembe.

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic kicks off its Spring Season of the 2016 World Symphony Series on August 25 with a roaring trio of Russian masterpieces.

Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Daniel Boico leads the orchestra on this grand opening evening. The evening begins with Nikolai Rimsky- Korsakov’s orchestral suite entitled Capriccio Espagnol.

KZN Philharmonic Concertmaster Joanna Frankel then joins Boico and the orchestra to perform the cheerful and tuneful Violin Concerto in D by Igor Stravinsky. The concerto, while written for a large orchestra, often feels like a cross between a violin concerto and a piece of chamber music as it exploits delicate textures and conversational writing.

The concert closes with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor. The final symphony by the great pianist/composer is packed full of traditional Russian folk tunes and dances. These powerful works sets the Spring Season in motion.

The Spring Season runs every Thursday from August 25 until October 13. Subscribe to the Spring Season on 031 3699 438 or buy single tickets through Computicket at / 0861 915 8000 or Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters

For more information visit or click on the advert at the top of this page.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


MultiChoice is set to boost its music and audio offering this September with the launch of a brand new music channel and the addition of two new radio stations.

TRACE Africa is set to hit DStv screens on September 1, 2016, as a localised music channel that’ll offer DStv customers exclusive music videos and documentaries from established and emerging Southern African artists. The channel will serve as the premier destination for Southern African music lovers, featuring the best contemporary hits from Kwaito, House, Coupé-Décalé, Afro-pop, Rumba to Ndombolo.

TRACE Africa (DStv channel 326) will sit along TRACE Urban (DStv channel 325) and replace TRACE Sport Stars (currently on DStv channel 188), which will no longer air on DStv from August 30 2016. TRACE Africa will be available to DStv Premium, Extra, Compact and Family customers in South Africa.

The new radio stations being added to the DStv audio package are Channel 7 FM (DStv channel 825), a Namibian-based non-denominational Christian community radio station which will launch on September 1, 2016, and Radio Islam (DStv channel 826), an Islamic cultural, award-winning community radio station which will launch on September 15, 2016. The two radio stations will be available to DStv Premium, Extra, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView customers in South Africa.

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(Anthony Stonier)

Presented by Rhumbelow Theatre in Umkomaas and, Anthony Stonier takes a “down memory-lane” meander through the marvellous melodies of one of the most famous composers of all time, Richard Rodgers, in his show, The Sound Of His Music.

Most theatre-lovers are familiar with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals - Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and, of course, The Sound of Music. Less well-known was an earlier collaboration with another lyricist, Lorenz Hart. Audiences will, however, recognise some of the jazz standards such as Where or When, My Funny Valentine, This Can’t be Love and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered!

The playlist includes Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!, Some Enchanted Evening, Surrey with a Fringe on Top, Hello Young Lovers, Edelweiss, Happy Talk and You'll Never Walk Alone to name but a few! These evergreen songs are interspersed with anecdotes and amusing stories relating to the shows they came from.

Anthony Stonier is one of KZN's most popular singer/actors and has won Best Male Vocalist at the Durban Theatre Awards three times. This show sold out at The Hilton Arts Festival in September 2014.

There will be one performance of The Sound Of His Music at the Aliwal Theatre at the Umkomaas Primary School on September 3 at 20h00. BYO. Tickets R120 booked through Barbara on 039 973 1105 (office hours) or 083 778 1469.

Two performances will be held at Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo in Durban. These will take place on September 4 at 14h00 and 18h30. Tickets R140 (R120 pensioners & block bookings or 8 or more). Bring food picnic baskets (braais will be available for those who wish to cook some meat). Bar available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). There is limited secure parking. Booking is essential through Computicket or Roland on 082 499 8636 or email or


The countdown has begun as final preparations are in gear for this year’s Durban International Blues Festival which takes place at its new home- The Plant, situated at Durban’s popular creative hub, The Station Drive Precinct at the (bottom of Goble Road and just off Umgeni Road-Durban)

Three nights of blues is scheduled from September 9 to 11 and each evening commences at 19h30.

There is a great line up of artists, many back by popular demand. The event also provides a platform for new comers and those artists who have “adapted their art” over time and who will surprise blues fans with what they offer.

September 9: Home Brewed Blues sees Duncan Parks take to the stage with his acoustic set at 19h00. Duncan is an experienced artist but fairly new to the blues circuit so it is a great opportunity to come down for something fresh. 20h00 sees the all-time local blues band, East Coast Blues Band, on stage and Johannesburg’s Raoul will perform at 21h00. Red Hand Blues Band follows at 22h00 closing the first evening’s show. Both Raoul and Red Hand Blues Band are firm favourites with Durban blues fans and are back by popular demand.

September 10: International guest artist Jimmy D Lane (USA/Canada), who blew the proverbial socks off everyone on his last visit some years back, presents Electric Blues With Jimmy D Lane at 21h30. His backing band will be The Reals. The programme starts at 19h30 when Bobby and the Dynamites get the groove going after which master guitarist Seb Goldswain from Durban performs with the Seb Goldswain Blues Trio at 20h30.

September 11t: The Sinners take to the stage first at 19h30. At  20h30, The Muddy Waters Blues Summit must not be missed and those who are blues die-hards, know that this final evening is a foot stomping and totally energetic occasion which beats even the highest pulse of the two evenings before.

“The festival is a tight line up,” according to Will Wallace, Programme Director. “We have performed at the previous waterfront venue for 11 years and this year is a new set up for us and where organizers have decided to give quality rather than quantity as we feel our way forward in the new venue.”

The added advantage is the entire vibe of the festival precinct because although the event takes place officially at The Plant, the other traders and outlets of Station Drive Precinct are also getting involved including the two retail outlets there –The Station and The Warehouse. There are nightly after-parties and promotions in the restaurant and bar venues after the festival every night!

Tickets R150 pp per show or R330 for a season ticket which covers all three nights and are booked through Computicket. The Plant is situated at The Station Drive Precinct at the bottom of Goble Road and just off Umgeni Road in Durban.

The festival has partnered with Uber to get all guests to and from the event safely and in style!

All new users can sign up here with the promotional code:  BLUESFEST, in order to receive a free first ride up to R150. To request your ride, simply download the free application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site:

Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. For questions, contact Uber at

For more information visit or visit the Facebook page: FRIENDS OF THE DURBAN INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL


Deadline: September 15, 2016.

This is a call out for proposals for the Main Programme of The South African State Theatre which will run from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. The South African State Theatre offers theatre-makers the opportunity to present their productions on the four available stages namely; Drama, Arena, Momentum or Rendezvous.

The proposal call states: “We are looking for work that is relevant, exciting, inspiring, bold and entertaining. Importantly we are looking for work that that has the potential to attract audiences. Successful candidates will receive pre-production and production support.”

Added to the production fund, The South African State Theatre will offer:
-The theatre for duration of the season
-Access to wardrobe and décor
-Partial marketing, advertising and publicity (Companies are expected to market their own productions)
-10% of gross box office income

Individual artists, producers and arts companies are invited to submit the following information for consideration: a full script and brief synopsis as well as artistic treatment. Company/individual information required includes biographies of the creative team, contact details and any other publicity material of the production (if it has been done before).

Proposals must reach The South African State Theatre no later than September 15, 2016. Successful companies will be informed by November 30, 2016.

Proposals can be submitted to: The Artistic Director; Aubrey W Sekhabi, at the South African State Theatre, Pretoria, 0002. Or e-mail proposal to

This information is published on the Arts & Culture Trust’s blog – see