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Thursday, February 22, 2024

MUSIC IN THE HILLS (MITH) FEBRUARY 28, 2024

 


(Above: The Tres trio.  Pic supplied)

Arguably the KZN Midlands’ best-loved music venue, Music in The Hills (MiTH) is an opportunity for beginners, professionals, and passionate music fans to share the joy of music at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton.

The next event takes place on February 28, 2024.

19h00: Chris & Kaylee

Christopher and Kaylee Bester are a husband and wife team who have come together to play music. Their chosen genres are country and bluegrass. Christopher has been in many bands over the years and plays a variety of instruments. Kaylee has a more classical background and has taught music in schools.

 

19h45: Leigh and Roly

Leigh Goddard takes us on a journey through her memoirs of her song-writing.

Some songs stick around, some fall by the wayside, some are incomplete, and some were written last week.

Leigh is a songwriter across multiple genres of music; from cinematic and folk, to hip hop and grunge. After spending years working behind the scenes on events and as an agent for bands nationally, she picked up the guitar for herself at 25 years old and began her writing journey. She has played at festivals across the country to audiences that appreciate original music.

Roly Struckmeyer, accompanying Leigh on bass, needs very little introduction as he is a regular on the MiTH stage.

 

20h45: Tres

Tres is a three-piece acoustic group from Richards Bay that is highly rated in Northern Natal. They consist of Doc Eugene Viljoen (previously of Zwarte Piet, and Zeeroover) on guitar, Ben Visser on keyboards, and Pedro de Mello Machado on vocals. They are all multi-instrumentalists, which gives them a unique sound.

The trio started when Covid stopped public music performances three years ago, so they shifted to provide a more personal music experience for band and listeners. Their material consists of iconic covers and original tunes.

Entrance: R50 - Cash or Zapper at the door

Doors open at 18h00 and the music will kick off at 19h00. Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for purchase.

For more information contact 082 331 7271. Visit www.mith.co.za for more details and directions. Musicians can contact mithbookings@gmail.com for slots.

MiTH takes place at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton.

DIRECTIONS TO MiTH: Take the N3 to Hilton, take the Hilton turnoff and go South into the Village (away from Hilton College). Travel 5,2km along Hilton Avenue (past two sets of traffic lights and Crossways Pub) and keep going straight as Hilton Avenue turns into Dennis Shepstone Drive. At the 5,2km mark, Knoll Drive will be on your right – the entrance to MiTH is the *second* entrance on your left into The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.

RE-LAUNCH OF “TWOSDAY”

 

(Left: Dr Madala Kunene. Pic supplied)

The re-launch of “Twosday” featuring Dr Madala Kunene supported by Lu Dlamini and Marius Botha on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 17h30.

“Twosday” is an exciting music concept that features a collaboration between musicians who are fairly well-established in their own particular area/discipline/style of music. 

The idea is to encourage experimentation, teaching, learning and ultimately new work outside of the stylistic parameters within which the musicians normally work so comfortably.

While Twosday suggests the collaboration between two musicians, it also refers to the meeting of two musical styles and the performance itself may include more musicians if so desired. The performance may also take the form of a lecture-demonstration where the audience is free to make comments and ask questions.

The aim of the exercise is to create an environment that fosters a cross-cultural ethos that is closer to the edge of the musicians’ normal performance and composition experience. Given the fabulous array of phenomenally talented and trained musicians that represent the rich cultural diversity that exists in Durban, it is the hope to establish ‘Twosday’ as an on-going concert series, as we have done so successfully with our Trios series every Wednesday. Essentially it is an opportunity to learn, to stretch creatively and to communicate a shared musicianship.

The concept was first launched in 2011 at Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and was paused during Covid. The re-launch of “Twosday” takes place on Tuesday February 27 featuring Dr Madala Kunene supported by Lu Dlamini and Marius Botha at 17h30.

This performance is billed as the African Strings Festival, a celebration of indigenous musical cords "IziGinci zeAfrica" is set to make its debut in the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After a two-year break, the festival is back with a special performance from the legendary Dr Madala "BAFO" Kunene. The event organiser, Thobani Mngadi, said this inception of African Strings is close to his heart as it pays homage to yet another milestone of Dr Madala Kunene. While the event is scheduled to make a reappearance during African Month, this one promise to be a walk down memory lane.

Dr Madala 'Bafo" Kunene has promised nothing but a world-class performance at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. Bafo expressed that this is his way of thanking the University for conferring him with the Doctorate degree in 2023. The event will have two supporting acts namely Lu Dlamini and Marius Botha, both of who are no strangers to the Durban Music scene.

The Concert takes place on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, UKZN, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. Doors open at 17h00, Music starts at 17h30.

Tickets: R110 (R80 for pensioners, R50 students)

Ticket Bookings and more information, contact zamat1@ukzn.ac.za

The Centre is situated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, Level 2.

NANDI THE MUSICAL SET TO WOW DURBAN AUDIENCES!

 


(Above: Image supplied from a previous production)

Presented in association with The Playhouse Company, K-Cap’s acclaimed production Nandi the Musical runs at The Playhouse Company between March 7 and 10, 2024.

Following its resounding success at the Soweto Theatre, Nandi the Musical is about to enthral Durban audiences once again as it takes centre stage in the Playhouse Drama theatre. This captivating production, which has garnered widespread acclaim for its celebration of Princess Nandi's remarkable life, promises to deliver an unforgettable theatrical experience, particularly as March 8 marks International Women's Month, and Princess Nandi stands as a global symbol of female empowerment.

Written and directed by the talented Edmund Mhlongo, Nandi the Musical is a production of Kwamashu Community Advancement Projects K-CAP. Mhlongo's visionary storytelling and direction have brought Princess Nandi's story to life with depth, authenticity, and emotional resonance.

Featuring an ensemble of renowned talent, Nandi the Musical boasts a stellar cast that includes Zawadi Yamungu as the lead vocalist, Ntokozo Ngcobo portraying the lead character of Nandi, Velile Makhoba as Phampatha, and Mampho Moesheoshoe, a rising star in the entertainment industry, in the role of young Nandi. The production also features many other familiar faces from the entertainment industry, adding to the richness and diversity of the cast.

Nandi the Musical will delight audiences with six shows, including a special school show on Friday March 8 at 11h30 (tickets R70 per learner), catering to young audiences and educational institutions. All other performances will commence at 19h00.

Tickets for Nandi the Musical are available for purchase at Pick n Pay, Webtickets, and The Playhouse Box Office, priced at R200. Schools have the option of attending one of these public performances at R200 per person, with a 25% discount for block bookings. With its powerful storytelling, mesmerising performances, and timeless themes of courage and resilience, Nandi the Musical promises to captivate hearts and inspire audiences of all ages.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary theatrical event. Secure your tickets now and join The Playhouse Company for an unforgettable journey into the life of Princess Nandi. Secure parking at the Royal and Albany parking facilities.

BBC STUDIOS UPDATED PROGRAMME

BBC Studios has a wide variety of programming with an array of genres to keep viewers entertained from dramas, comedies, documentaries and family shows.

On BBC Earth, Planet Earth III continues on Mondays at 20h00. Completing the Planet Earth trilogy, Planet Earth III explores the greatest habitats on our planet and the extraordinary animals that live in them. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough and filled with wonder and insight, Planet Earth III celebrates places and animals beyond our imagination.

BBC Brit will feature popular gameshows such as Pointless S26, QI S22, The Chase S15, The Weakest Link S3, Tipping Point S12 Set 1 and Bridge Of Lies S2.

Season 2 of the popular local BBC Lifestyle property-themed reality lifestyle show, Listing Cape Town will be returning to BBC Lifestyle in April. Spanning from the beautiful and majestic Cape winelands, all the way to the Atlantic Seaboard, and now also with a strong footprint from within the Bishopscourt area, viewers will get a glimpse into the homes of the super-wealthy as the series sees the Mother City’s luxury real estate agents list and sell properties well over the R100 million mark.

BBC UKTV will offer a mix of dramas, comedies, documentaries, and lifestyle programmes such as Life Below Zero S2, Africa S1, First Dates Australia S3, Dinner Date SA S2, Come Dine With Me South Africa S1, The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver, Hell’s Kitchen USA S20 and many more.

CBeebies has a variety of educational and entertaining programs line-up such as Bluey S1 & S2, Love Monster S2, Colourblocks, Supertato S1 Set 2B, Swashbuckle S1 & S2 and Justin's House S1.

See the link to the highlights document for what to look forward to on BBC Brit, Earth, Lifestyle, CBeebies, and UKTV: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mzm8mfaZ7No3fbnUBAWxKYtPRzXI6kb8/view?usp=sharing

KZN LINKS TO THEATRE AWARDS (COURTESY OF BILLY SUTER)

 

 


(Above: Brittany Smith as Maria and Craig Urbani as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at Artscape, Cape Town. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht)

This report is by courtesy of Billy Suter of SoSuterBill.

 

A number of KwaZulu-Natal talents feature among nominees for the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, now in their 59th year. The awards, celebrating theatre in Cape Town. are to be presented on Sunday, March 17, at the Baxter Theatre Centre – and streamed live on social media platforms.

Steven Stead, who runs Durban’s KickstArt theatre company with his husband Greg King, has been nominated as best director for his much-praised work on the acclaimed Pieter Toerien/Cape Town Opera production of The Sound of Music, currently in Johannesburg after wowing Cape audiences.

Stead is among five nominees in the Best Director category, others being Christiaan Olwagen for Die Moeder, Mark Fleishman for Oedipus at Colonus, Marthinus Basson for Die Fel Omstrede Kroon van Edward II en Gaveston and Sylvaine Strike for The Promise – On Stage.

The Sound of Music is also nominated in the category of Best Production – alongside Die Fel Omstrede Kroon van Edward II en Gaveston, Die Moeder, Oedipus at Colonus and The Promise – On Stage.

The Sound of Music’s Schoeman Smit (as Franz), William Burger (as Max) and Nadia Beukes (as Baroness Schraeder) are nominees for supporting performances, while the musical’s stars, Craig Urbani (Captain Von Trapp) and Brittany Smith (Maria), are also nominated, along with set designer Denis Hutchinson.

Smith’s Violetta in La Traviata has her as a contender for best female opera performance while Urbani is also nominated as best lead actor in a musical for his role in the lavish We Will Rock You.

Still talking about We Will Rock You – the show has chalked up a supporting performer nomination for Pietermaritzburg’s Zolani Shangase, for his fine ensemble work. And the same show has a Best Lead Actress in a Musical nomination for former Durban-based performer Londiwe Dhlomo, for her role as Killer Queen.

Another KZN connection is that former Durban singer-musician-actress Kerry Hiles, sister of actor Bryan Hiles, has received a Fleur du Cap nomination as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. This is for her solo performance in A Star is Born – The Rise and Fall of Judy Garland.

I’m a little surprised to see it with no other nominations, but great news that Durban theatre company, Theatresmiths, has its excellent The King of Broken Things, starring Cara Roberts and written and directed and directed by Michael Taylor-Broderick, nominated for Best Theatre Production for Children and Young People.

Another Durban link is that multi-talented Leah Mari, a student at the Lamta theatre school and an understudy for Maria in The Sound of Music, is among 10 nominees this year for the prize for Best Student.

The coveted Fleur du Cap awards are sponsored by Heineken Beverages, which acquired former sponsor, Distell, in 2023.

The awards celebrate outstanding contributions to local theatre across 23 categories. They range from performing to directing, scriptwriting, composing and puppetry, as well as exceptional stage, sound, lighting and costume design.

A total of 66 plays, musicals and music theatre productions were assessed by the judges. There were also 10 productions for children and young adults, as well as six operas, all mounted between January and December 2023. In addition, 140 students from eight institutions in 54 productions were considered for the Best Student category.

In addition to the category winners, the recipients of the Encore Award, the Innovation in Theatre Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the awards ceremony. – Billy Suter

 

To link directly to SoSuterBill, visit https://sosuterbill.com/2024/02/21/kzn-links-to-theatre-awards/

 

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

MADE VISUAL ART WORKSHOPS

 


(Above: Wiseman Ngiba from Inanda favours large format works using acrylic on brown paper board. Photo: Illa Thompson)

Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble (MADE) has launched a visual arts support programme for artists.

It is just every artist’s dream – to be given a spacious studio in which to work; time to create; a modest stipend as pocket money; access to art materials, and fellow artists in close proximity to inspire you. For a dozen or so Durban artists, this has been their gift thanks to an innovative project headed by Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble (MADE).

MADE, a CathsSeta-accredited programme - the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA), headed by Lerato Molemong, has been running an innovative entrepreneurial visual arts programme, based in one of the spacious training rooms at the Order of St John in Durban, creating a safe and calm space for artists to work, supporting them with materials and resources.

Project facilitator, Musa Ndawonde. says: “It has been a wonderful experience to be surrounded by fellow artists and be part of their creative journey. The artists come from different walks of life, and many are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some are just beginning their careers while some are already semi-professionals. Working together has led to lots of collaboration, ideas and inspiration. It is a huge privilege for me to be part of this process.”

(Right: Mlamuli Shozi from Umlazi has a love for animals, especially black panthers. He works with ink on canvas. Photo: Illa Thompson)

Three days a week for the past three months, the artists have been invited to use the studio as their own to make art. No limitations are imposed on them, and there is no agenda or pressure, allowing for maximum creativity. Some of the artists are working within their preferred medium, while others are using the opportunity to explore different genres under the supervision of Musa, and with input from their peers.

The artists represent a variety of genres: from portraiture to abstract, from acrylics to beads, from large format paintings, to embellished garments. The idea is ultimately to make art which can be sold in order for the artists to earn income and become self-supporting. MADE is helping the artists to market and sell their completed artworks, by creating and promoting an online art sales platform.

(Left: Nondumiso Sithole from Inanda working in mixed media. She examines how our love for money has blindfolded us to who we were before. Photo: Illa Thompson)

 They have also been given masterclasses with some of the industry’s leading arts practitioners: professional curators, gallerists, artists and publicists have given input into the process. The team have had conversations with (among others) Paula Thomson (Woza Moya); Hlengiwe Dube (master bead-worker, educator and arts collaborator); Jenny Stretton (curator); Jane Digby (gallerist and curator – Gallery @ Lifestyle, Ballito); Angela Shaw (gallerist – KZNSA Gallery) and Thami Jali (artist).

MADE is a CathsSeta-accredited programme - the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA), headed by Lerato Molemong. It is supported by BASA and PESP4 (the presidential employment stimulus programme, phase 4).

 

KZN YOUTH WIND BAND DISNEY SING-A-LONG

 

Warm up those voices and dust off those princess dresses!

The KZN Youth Wind Band in collaboration with Reddam House Umhlanga presents Disney Sing-a-Long, a fundraising concert on February 25 for the young, and not-so-young, that will take audiences down memory lane and give off all the feels.

Children and parents alike are invited to sing their hearts to music from animated favourites including The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Moanna and more!

Hosted by Durban's very own Fairy Godmother Shelley McLean, this magical concert promises to deliver an unforgettable musical experience.

Children are encouraged to dress as their favourite Disney character for photo opportunities with Princes and Princesses!

Picnic style-unreserved seating in the Muir Auditorium. Please bring blankets and cushions.

No seating will be provided. Please do not bring camping chairs to ensure everyone has a great view.

Refreshments will be on sale or BYO.

Doors open at 13h20. The concert starts at 14h00.

Booking is at Quicket.co.za

SAMRO INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2024 MUSIC CREATION SUPPORT FUND

Deadline: Application deadline is March 15, 2024.

SAMRO Invites applications for the 2024 Music Creation Support Fund: R3 Million available for 120 Members.

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) avails R3 million for the fourth instalment of its flagship Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, the Music Creation Support Fund (MCSF). This year, MCSF will help one hundred and twenty (120) Full and Associate Members of SAMRO to revive their creativity and compose new musical works that will enable them to generate an income. 

Since the inception of the programme in 2021, SAMRO has committed R2.5 million to the MCSF, granting R25,000 to each of the 100 recipients. This year, SAMRO has boosted the budget to R3 million and expanded the number of recipients from one hundred (100) to one hundred and twenty (120). This expansion aims to benefit a broader group of eligible Full and Associate Members of SAMRO, each receiving R25,000 from the MSCF. 

In recent years, the MCSF has experienced a steady increase in both the number of applications as well as the number of qualifying applicants. In 2021, SAMRO received 257 applications, of which 211 were eligible. This trend continued in 2022, with 421 out of 586 applications meeting the criteria. By 2023, the number rose significantly to 630 out of 782 applications meeting the qualifying criteria. Hence, SAMRO recognised the need to increase the budget for 2024 and expand the number of recipients. The organisation aims to include more members in the MCSF in the coming years. 

Additionally, SAMRO reports a notable increase in the number of female applicants for the MCSF for the year 2023. Recent data indicates a promising surge in female participation, with 36% of applicants being female, compared to 17% in the previous year, reflecting a notable 19% increase. While acknowledging this progress, SAMRO recognises the importance of encouraging more female members to apply for the fund to further enhance inclusivity.

The MCSF aims to contribute towards the creation of new original musical works that have not yet been published, performed publicly or broadcasted. This includes new original compositions or the completion of unpublished musical works such as EPs, albums, videos, or music scores. The MCSF presents an opportunity to assist Full and Associate Members of SAMRO who are authors and composers in re-establishing their presence in the dynamic music industry landscape by consistently producing new musical compositions. 

Furthermore, SAMRO has noted that the majority of applicants for the MCSF are from the Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal regions. Consequently, the organisation is extending its outreach to members from other provinces, encouraging them to submit their applications. This initiative aligns with SAMRO's commitment to supporting a diverse array of members and ensuring equitable opportunities for all members nationwide.

Full and Associate Members of SAMRO can now apply for the 2024 MCSF grants. These members are categorised as earning members who satisfy the eligibility criteria to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Full and Associate Members enjoy various benefits, including access to the SAMRO Retirement Annuity Fund (SRAF) and the Funeral Benefit. 

Applications will be assessed on merit by a committee of music industry professionals, considering factors such as the originality of the work, the potential of the final product succeeding and the feasibility of the proposed work plan.

The adjudication committee’s decisions will be final. The application deadline is March 15, 2024. Late proposals will not be accepted.

For further information, email mcsf@samro.org.za or phone 011 712 8417 during working hours (08h00-15h00).

EMBRACE ARTISAN CRAFTSMANSHIP AND SUPPORT LOCAL AT I HEART MARKET

 


(Above: The buzz at I heart Market)

The regular I heart Market, which takes place this month on Saturday March 2 at Northlands Primary School, in Durban North, from 09h00 to 14h00 is an opportunity to dive into the vibrant world of some of Durban’s finest artisans and craft makers.

The Market is renowned for its impeccable ethos of craftsmanship with quality being the focus of the carefully-curated selection of handcrafted treasures spanning fashion, d├ęcor, jewellery, candles, natural skincare, kids' clothing, toys, deli goods, delicious meals, and much more.


(Right: Nomfundo Cebekhulu - Isimodeni Jewellery)

Manager of the Market, Tanith Molliere, says: “At I heart Market, we are not just a marketplace; we are a celebration of the local creative spirit. Our market pulsates with the heartbeat of Durban's makers, showcasing the dedication and passion of homegrown artisans, creators, and entrepreneurs.”

"We believe in the power of shopping local," says Tanith. "Our ethos revolves around saying YES to unique, locally produced goods. Think of handcrafted, artisanal, organic, repurposed, or upcycled items - each telling a story of creativity and authenticity. We say NO to imported goods and mass production, championing the essence of craftsmanship and individuality. Our customers can feel a sense of pride knowing that they are supporting our local creative community, and helping to uplift and empower small businesses.”


(Left: Nadia Geyser of Bud Fashion Accessories with helper Holly Geyser)

In line with the Market’s commitment to fostering community connections, new traders are invited to join the market and can apply through the website: www.iheartmarket.com/apply/

In addition to the diverse array of artisanal offerings, the Market offers a dedicated kids' play area (with a pram park), helping to create a stress-free outing for parents and children alike, and the venue is the School Hall which is air-conditioned, enabling the market to take place rain or shine.

Parking is available in designated school areas, with security guards to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

For more information contact info@iheartmkt.com

Monday, February 19, 2024

EKHAYA BACKPACKERS

Ekhaya Backpackers showcases Abdul Khoza and Kwenzo Ngcobo in their comedic element alongside a string of talented cast members.

Ekhaya Backpackers is a new Showmax Original comedy series premiering on February 22 2024.

The comedy series co-stars Kwenzo Ngcobo, Thobani Mbhele, Eve Rasimeni, Monnye Kunupi, Felix Hlophe and Abdul Khoza.

Produced by female-owned production house Milagro Concepts.

Known for creating hit television shows such as Mnakwethu, Makoti... Are You The One? and local film A Safe Bet, Milagro Concepts now extends its creativity to comedy with Ekhaya Backpackers.

Ekhaya Backpackers introduces the Mthembus, a dysfunctional and seemingly unqualified family who plan to turn their family home into a backpackers hostel to pay off their late mother’s debt.

The family comprises two very different brothers, a crazy baby mama, an inappropriate grandmother and an uncle who is too laid back for his own good.

Kwenzo Ngcobo (The Wife and Red Ink) stars as Jabu, the younger brother. After living in America for two years, the book-smart dreamer returns to South Africa with little to no money and a questionable American accent.

Thobani Mbhele (High Rollers, eKasi: Our Stories, Generations and Is'thunzi) co-stars as Papi, the elder brother. Papi is a street-smart hustler of note, who knows his way around the hood.

Although the two brothers clash at every moment, their determination to preserve their later mother's legacy helps iron out their differences.

Eve Rasimeni (Hhayi bo Mnakwethu, The Payback, Temptation Island SA and Savage Beauty) is Madibuseng, Papi's vivacious and outgoing partner, who is loyal to a fault.

Monnye Kunupi (The Throne) plays Jabu and Papi's grandmother, Gogo. She has zero social filter and lacks boundaries but amidst all the chaos she wants to make the family bond stronger.

Adding to the laughter is comedian and radio personality Felix Hlophe, who plays the role of Malume Mayor. Malume is too laidback for his own good but the need to launch Ekhaya Backpackers forces him to pull his bootstraps tighter.

SAFTA and DStv Mzansi Viewer Choice Awards winner Abdul Khoza reunites with his Zulu brother from The Wife, Kwenzo Ngcobo. Abdul plays the role of Clarens aka Undertaker - the main reason why the Mthembu family is desperately scrambling to get their backpackers up and running.

“We’re really excited to be bringing this hilarious and locally nuanced comedy to Showmax,” says Tebogo Matlawa, head of Scripted Content. “Ekhaya Backpackers gives us the chance to laugh at ourselves and for audiences to resonate with the scenarios the characters find themselves in.”

Ekhaya Backpackers premieres on Showmax from February 22, 2024.

Watch trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYdMdjlgYvw

A TOUCH OF BURLESQUE

 

Rhumbelow Theatre will host A Touch of Burlesque on February,23, 24 and 25, 2024.

This show is described as “an amazing, theatrical extravaganza night out.  A must see…”

The Cabaret Showcase is produced by Cathy and Alan Barry of One-Step-Productions, who are renowned for putting on themed theatre productions in KZN and beyond.

Choreographed by Cathy Barry and Music compilation by Alan Barry, One-Step-Productions never fails to disappoint.

This show has something for everyone:  Dazzling costumes and buzzing high energy. The audience can expect a talented array of performers, showcasing live music, Burlesque and Cabaret Dance, with some modern twists, as well as a touch of comedy.  These elements combined will captivate the audience and keep them on their toes.

The talented cast consists of fabulous singers Marion Loudon and Robynne Bloch, as well as Steps Dance Company dancers: Cat Barry, Shaye Caldicott, Caitlyn Petterson and Mlondi Ndlovu Aka Superkid. And last but not least, Alan Barry as MC and Muso for the production.

Shows take place on Friday and Saturday at 19h30 and on Sunday at 14h00. The venue opens 90 minutes before the show.

NO UNDER 16s - ADULT RISQUE CONTENT

Tickets R200. Book your tickets now and you won’t be disappointed. Booking is essential on email: roland@stansell.co.za or Computicket http://events.durbantheatre.com/

Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. Bar Available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

There is limited secure parking available.

For more information contact Cell. 0824998636

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road, Umbilo in Durban

NIBS VAN DER SPUY & GUY BUTTERY KZN TOUR 2024

 

(Above: Guy Buttery and Nibs van der Spuy)


Nibs van der Spuy has presented the news that he will be touring KZN with Guy Buttery.

“I am beyond excited to be hitting the road again with my soul brother, Guy Buttery.

“It has been almost three years since we played together, and our meetings are always a medicine for the heart and soul. We also have a whole bunch of new tunes which we will sharing on this run, as well as the old favourites.

“I will be returning to Europe for an extended time, and really wanted this tour to happen with Guy. We have busy solo schedules often in different countries, and planning something like this, the stars have to align. I am so happy that we are in KwaZulu-Natal for a few weeks at the same time.

“People often ask what it is like to play with Guy? My answer is always, “I love our musical interaction and it is truly special.” There is never any pressure to prove a musical point. We have vastly different playing styles and the way we approach our own music, but we share a common love for the sacred place where the music takes us. A friend once described our musical unity as follows. “Their individual and quite distinct finger-style techniques fit each other like the proverbial glove.”

We have shows all over KZN, starting February 29, so will be great to see you on the road. It is going to be biblical.”


Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery KZN Tour

TOUR SCHEDULE:

 

February 29, 2024

KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban

Time – 18h30 for 19h00

Price – R200

Contact – 031 2771700/1705 / cafe@kznsagallery.co.za

Tickets – https://qkt.io/nibsguyKZNSA

 

March 1, 2024

Westville Theatre Club, 6 St James Ave, Westville

Doors at 19h00 for 19h30 show

Price – R200

Bring – picnic baskets, snacks and wine

Tickets – https://www.quicket.co.za/events/249746-guy-buttery-nibs-van-der-spuy-live-at-the-westville-theatre-club

 

March 2, 2024

Monzi Golf Club, Monzi SH, Zululand

Time – 19h00

Price – R200

Contact – 076 155 3999 / papa.despi@gmail.com

Tickets – https://www.quicket.co.za/events/249722-nibs-van-der-spuy-guy-buttery-live-in-zululand

 

March 3, 2024

The Place, Claremont Farm, Salt Rock (Opposite Brettonwood Estate)

Time – 15h00

Price – R350 (picnic boxes available to order)

Contact – 0837758537 / theplacekzn@icloud.com

Tickets – https://qkt.io/nibsguysaltrock

 

March 7, 2024

Talloula, 61 Old Main Road, Bothas Hill

Time – 19h00

Price – R425 (includes two-course meal)

Contact – events@talloula.co.za

 

March 8, 2024

Westville Theatre Club, 6 St James Ave, Westville

Time – Doors at 19h00 for 19h30 show

Price – R200

Bring – picnic baskets, snacks and wine

Tickets – https://www.quicket.co.za/events/249746-guy-buttery-nibs-van-der-spuy-live-at-the-westville-theatre-club

 

March 9, 2024

The Old Mushroom Farm, 1 Karkloof Road, Howick

Time – 16h00

Price – R200

Contact – info@theoldmushroomfarm.co.za / 060 470 1218

Tickets –  https://qkt.io/guynibsmushroom

 

March 17, 2024

Under the Figtree at Nkomba Sanctuary, Dolphin Drive, Pennington

Time – 12h30 for 13h30

Price – R200 / R150 (discounted tickets)

Contact – 083 441 5084

Bring – Picnic baskets and chairs