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Monday, February 20, 2017


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the first Twosday gig of the year featuring Deep Breath tomorrow (February 21).

Deep Breath is a band from Durban South, made up of Cebo Mthwane on vocals, Joseph Dube on keyboard and Thato Motsepe on drums. Their music comprises arrangements that are unique. Stylistically, they borrow from Jazz, Kwaito and Dance music.

Theirs is a journey, a fresh –brave foretaste into the future of African music. This trio has been composing and performing together since enrolling to study Jazz Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007 and Creative Arts College in 2015. “Our intention is to inspire and uplift”, explains a member of Deep Breath, adding that they have “incorporated an African voice with a grooving and percussive piano.”

The band is working hard at the moment, in light of the positive social media responses, to place their compositions on a national platform and to a wider audience.

Join Deep Breath at The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2 Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus, Durban on February 21, 2017. Doors open 17h30 and the music starts at 18h00 Tickets R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students) available at the door.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


(Daniel Ciobanu)

Michael Green previews the KZNPO concert on February 23, 2017.

Russian composers make up the programme for the third concert, on February 23, of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s summer symphony season in the Playhouse, Durban.

All three works on the programme are favourites in their very different ways. The overture to the opera Price Igor is one of the most celebrated works of Alexander Borodin (1833 --1887). The overture condenses some of the drama of the opera, an epic set in the Russia of several hundred years ago.

The young Romanian pianist Daniel Ciobanu will be the soloist in the brilliant Piano Concerto No 3 by Sergei Prokofiev. Completed in 1921, this is one of the most popular concertos of the 20th century. It is dynamic, melodious, exciting.

Daniel Ciobanu had his music training in Scotland and is now rapidly building a reputation as performer in Britain and elsewhere.

The symphony of the evening is everybody’s favourite, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the Pathetique.

The conductor in all these works will be Daniel Boico, the Israeli- American whose appearances with the KZNPO in recent years have made him a much admired figure in  Durban.

The usual pre-concert lecture will be given this week by me in the Alhambra Room, the Playhouse, starting at 18h15 and ending about 18h45, in time for a drink and a snack before the concert begins at 19h30. Entry for the lecture R10.

Bookings for the concert and for season tickets are at Computicket or Checkers or the KZNPO, phone 031 369 9438. Or you can buy a ticket on the night at the door. – Michael Green

(To link direct to the KZN Philharmonic’s website click on the orchestra’s banner advert on the top right hand of the page above the National Arts Festival banner)


A firecracker of a concert. (Review by Keith Millar)

The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Orchestra called their joint concert with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at Durban High School on Friday evening a Classical Blast!

Which is exactly what it was. An absolute blast.

The fireworks started with a jubilant performance by the astonishingly talented young people of the KZN Youth Orchestra. They provided a mixed bag of musical treats with everything from a little bit of light classic to some jazz and Latin and with some rock thrown in for good measure. It was a sparkling performance.

The youthful musicians of this orchestra range in ages from 12 and 20 (the current average age is 15) and they come from all over KZN. They rehearse just once a week, on Friday afternoons, at DHS Music Centre.

Taking this into account, one has got say that the quality of their playing is quite admirable. They are a credit to their team of excellent tutors under the leadership of Lykele Temmingh. The public of KZN can be justifiably proud of this musical treasure.

Next to join the festivities was the splendid KZNPO. Dressed in their casual cloths (denim jeans abounded) they were obviously in the mood for fun as they performed a selection of well-loved party pieces, such as The March of the Toreadors from Bizet’s Carmen, The Waltz from Masquerade by Khachaturian, and Rossini’s William Tell Overture.

The orchestra was then joined by popular and experienced jazz singer, Natalie Rungan, who is the director of the DHS Music Centre. She sang three popular songs. - I’ve Got You Under Skin, One Moment in Time, and New York New York. Unfortunately, a sub-standard sound system did not do Natalie justice and we did not hear at her best.

The cherry on top for the evening was the joining of the two orchestras, the first time they have played together in a decade. This resulted in over 100 musicians on stage in rousing performance of music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and the dramatic Stars Wars Theme. Excellent entertainment.

Conducting duties for the evening were shared by Lykele Temmingh, who is the resident conductor of the KZNPO and the force behind the KZN Youth Orchestra, and visiting conductor from Trinidad, Kwamé Ryan.

This may not have been a concert for the connoisseurs but as a community project to take good music to the people it more than served its purpose. It was a firecracker of a concert. – Keith Millar


(Daniel Ciobanu)

Friends of Music’s next recital will take place on February 21 and will feature Daniel Ciobanu.

Daniel Ciobanu is 25-year-old Romanian born pianist who now lives in Berlin. He graduated with a Master’s degree. At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he won all the major internal Piano Competitions, being the first pupil to achieve such an honour. He won 1st Prize at the 2016 UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa. He also won the Special prize for best Classical Sonata, and first prize at the 2016 Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition in the UK.

He has performed with many orchestras around the world and most recently won first prize at the 2016 BNDES International Piano Competition held in Rio de Janeiro.

His programme will include Silvestri – Bacanale; Chopin - Andante Spianatto & Grande Polonaise Brillante; Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition; Enescu–Tocatta & Pavane;  Medtner - 2 Fairy tales op.20 and Prokofiev- Sonata no.7.

The Prelude Performer for the evening will be soprano Zama Mkhwanazi. A Grade 11 music student at Northlands Girls High School, she is a member of the KZN Youth Choir. She is also a soloist for both her school and the Youth Choir as well as in theatre productions.

Her programme will include Plaisir d’amour – Johann –Paul Martini; Reflection from Walt Disney’s Mulan – Matthew Wilder, and O Mio Babbbino Caro by Puccini. She will be accompanied by Bobby Mills.

The concert takes place at 19h30 on February 21 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K E Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban. Tickets R100 (R80 FOM Members; R20 Orchestral / Students)

Friends of Music is supported by the National Lotteries Commission. For more information visit


(Richard Haslop)

Come along to the Windsor Tennis Club every Monday - play tennis from 16h00 to 18h00, then grab a boerewors roll and a drink and listen to some great music from 18h00 to 21h00.

Three experienced Durban folk and blues musicians (Richard Haslop, Mike Raftery & Will Wallace) team up for the first time to perform a wide range of roots music styles.

The Windsor Tunes line-up until the end of March is:

February 27: Chloe Clark and Burton Naidoo 
March 6: Barry Thomson
March 13: Rusty Red
March 20: Rene Tshiakanyi
March 27: Nux Schwartz and Jason Andrew

Entrance is R50 and the Windsor Tennis Club is situated at 53 James Henderson Crescent in Glenwood, Durban.  For more information contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or email