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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Who would know that an unknown album from an unknown artist in 1970 (Rodriguez) would become a huge phenomenon in South Africa?

As big as, say, Elvis Presley. Rodriguez himself was never aware of his huge success, as well as most other Americans. His music was lost in the US but, by a strange coincidence becomes a cult hit in South Africa and becomes a symbol of rebellion for the underground white, anti-apartheid sub-culture.

Cold Fact - Rodriguez, presented by Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s in Kloof, is a musical tribute to Rodriguez’s music is performed by Barry Thomson and The Reals (Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew)

The show features all Rodriguez’s well-remembered songs such as I Wonder, Establishment Blues and Sugar Man, amongst others.

Performances take place on April 1 at 20h00 and April 2 at 14h00 and 18h30. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for drinks - for restaurant reservations contact 031 764 7843). Tables seat six at R150 a ticket (R130 pensioners & FHSSC Members). Contact Roland for large group booking discounts – 20 or more. Tickets are cash or EFT only. There is a cash bar (no alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises) and secure parking is available.

Book at Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit Booking is essential for Tina’s Restaurant as seating is limited – 031 764 7843. Please indicate that you are a theatre booking when making your reservation.

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof.


Baroque 2000's next concert takes place on April 2 at the Church of the Monastery Mariannhill.

The programme breaks new ground for the ensemble and includes Telemann's Fantasia for solo violin, which will be played by Refiloe Olifant, and the same composer's Concerto for four unaccompanied violins TWV 203, played by Rlitza Matcheva, Petya Koleva, Refiloe Olifant and Roberto Palma. 

In Conclusion, also by Telemann, for strings, oboe and trumpet, the soloists are Maggie Deppe and Michel Schneuwly.  The main work is Bach's secular cantata Weichet nur,betrübte Schatten (Yield now, troubling shadows), BWV 202. The soprano Vanessa Tait Jones is the soloist. Known as the Wedding Cantata, it may have been composed for Bach's second wife.

There are also two pieces by Handel: the Concerto Grosso op6 no 3, and the Concerto a Quattro no 2 in D.

The concert takes place on April 2 at 11h30 at the Church of the Monastery Mariannhill. Tickets R150 at the door, and there is free and safe parking. The Monastery Tea Garden will be open before and after the concert. For more information contact Michel on 082 303 5241 or email


(Tony Cox)

For the past four decades, Zimbabwean-born virtuoso guitarist Tony Cox has poignantly expressed his deepest thoughts and emotions through his nimble fingers and family of guitars. By pushing his guitar playing to its limits, this man - of little words in song - has told beautiful rich textured stories, thrilling audiences with his flawless, innovative technique and skill.

Twenty album releases later, a clutch of awards and a lifetime of performing, Tony Cox has decided to put some meaningful lyrics and his voice to his compositions. Enormous Flowers is his latest release.

Durban’s jazz specialist and radio presenter, Richard Haslop, comments: "Overall there’s a slightly retro feel to the stylistically broad album where a gently South African folk-rock dotted with classic adult orientated rock touchstones, like Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo here, perhaps, and, maybe, Sting with Branford Marsalis there, as well, even, as a couple of shots of pre-hip hop R&B. It’s superbly played”

Cox describes the songs: 'They are dark, funny, whimsical and a few are political in nature, all are deeply connected to me as this person who lives here in South Africa, expressing what I think, feel, see and hear. I fervently hope my fellow South African peeps hear it and feel it too...that would be the cherry... Although I'm now a lot older but not yet fucked, I still have a lot to do musically and so this is me now, songs, with lyrics'

The first single House of Parliament Blues (now affectionately known as Voetsek Shutup) has received super traction. Already hitting over 43,000 views on Facebook and 5450 views on you tube, the song, and black comedy lyric video have struck a sociopolitical chord with many South African listeners and viewers evoking much feedback and commentary. Watch the lyric video here:

The second single to be released is the foot-tapping feel-good track Enormous Flowers dosed with strutting bass lines and sassy, honeyed backing vocals. Listen to the track Enormous Flowers here: :


(Twist’s Roel Twijnstra presents the first ever Game Changer Award to Xolani Dlongolo. Pic by Mbuso Nkosi)

Twist Theatre Development Projects, the respected and pro-active KZN-based organisation that works on bridging the gap between community theatre and the theatre industry, awarded their first ever Game Changer Award to Xolani Dlongolo at a function at DUT Courtyard Theatre on Saturday evening (March 25).

The inaugural Twist Game Changer Award acknowledges a person who dedicates themselves to the development of community arts and changes the way that theatre happens in the province.

The award was presented to a delighted Xolani Dlongolo - previous co-founder and director of Umsindo Theatre Productions, and current director or Ithuba Arts Development.

“Xolani constantly gives of his time to young and emerging theatre groups, assisting them both artistically and administratively, and giving guidance in organising and registering themselves. He has worked as a writer, director and stage manager around South Africa, Swaziland and the Netherlands. Although Xolani has never had formal arts training - he shares his knowledge built over more than fifteen years in the industry with all he comes into contact with. He is one of the unsung heroes of theatre!” enthused Twist co-director Emma Durden.

Dlongolo was awarded a specially created handcarved soapstone trophy.

At the Saturday evening function, Twist Theatre Development Projects also launched a new compilation of 11 theatre scripts in English and isiZulu.

The scripts are the result of collaborations between four community-based theatre groups and a team of professional theatre writers, directors and mentors. The groups hail from Manguzi in the far north of KZN, Mariannhill near Pinetown, and Pietermaritzburg; and have been part of the Twist development programme over the past 18 months.

Through a series of different projects, they have worked with experienced South African theatre mentors including 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist of the year Monageng 'Vice' Motshabi, Prince Lamla, Ntshieng Mokgoro and Zwai Mgijima. They have also had extensive mentoring with Dutch theatre director and director of Twist Projects, Roel Twijnstra, with visiting Dutch street theatre artists, and Durban-based acting teachers Bhekani Shabalala, Musa Ntuli, Mtho Zulu and Philisiwe Twijnstra.

The groups co-created new productions with these mentors, and performed them at a range of festivals around KZN and in their own home communities, in a programme that sees a revitalisation of exciting content and forms for theatre. These are written into scripts in English and Zulu which are compiled into the New South African Playscripts book that were launched in Durban on March 25.

This book makes contemporary theatre scripts available free of charge to educational institutions and organisations for use in writing, directing and performance projects. Twist co-director, Emma Durden, comments: "There are not many formally published play-scripts in South Africa, and we are very excited to release this collection of eleven new plays.  The opportunity to publish in both English and Zulu promotes greater access to written theatre work and we are delighted to be able to facilitate this".

The new book was launched alongside a smaller compilation of short plays from the annual Novel-Script Project, which includes scripts created by South African, Mozambiquan, Zambian and Zimbabwean writers. The launch coincides with the graduation of 21 emerging theatre practitioners who have been part of the Twist programme over the past year and a half, and the inaugural Twist Game-Changer Award; awarded to an individual who has made a difference to access and education in the theatre landscape of KZN.

The publishing of these script compilations is funded by the National Lotteries Commission.


Penguin Random House has announced that novelist Lesley Pearse will be coming to South Africa in May 2017! The publishing house will host Pearse in a series of events as she promotes the paperback release of Dead to Me in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. Her latest novel is also set to be released later this year.

Dead to Me deals with Ruby and Verity who met as girls and come from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless, they became firm friends. However, fortunes are not set in stone and soon the girls find their situations reversed. As Ruby goes up in the world, Verity encounters more and more tragedy, but still the girls remain a large part of each other's lives. That is, until one day in 1938 when Ruby says the terrible words 'You're dead to me' and it looks like their friendship might be over for good…

Lesley Pearse is one of the UK's best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 10 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, she introduces readers to characters that it is impossible not to care about or forget. Truth is often stranger than fiction and her life has been as packed with drama as her books. She was three when her mother died under tragic circumstances. Her father was away at sea and it was only when a neighbour saw Pearse and her brother playing outside without coats on that suspicion was aroused. With her father in the Royal Marines, Pearse and her older brother spent three years in grim orphanages before her father remarried – a veritable dragon of an ex-army nurse – and Pearse and her older brother were brought home again, to be joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children.

The impact of constant change and uncertainty in her early years is reflected in one of the recurring themes in her books: what happens to those who are emotionally damaged as children. It was an extraordinary childhood and in all her books, Pearse has skilfully married the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling. Her most recent novels include Dead to Me, Without a Trace, Survivor, Forgive Me and The Promise.

ISBN 9781405921046