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Sunday, October 11, 2009


Discover the origins of the ‘blues’ and their influence on world music

Devised and directed by Themi Venturas and with the assistance of Charon Williams- Ross, The Birth of the Blues promises enjoyable entertaining with interesting and humorous anecdotes and a superb rocking band during its run at the Catalina Theatre.

Discover the origins of the ‘blues’ and their influence on world music. Discover why the rock musicians of the 60’s and 70’3 where so influenced by Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey and the many others. Discover how Louis Armstrong found his groove, and how the ‘torchsong’ singers like Billie Holiday and soul singers like Ray Charles were influenced and inspired by the Blues.

Under the musical direction of Melvin Peters, The Birth of the Blues features an all-star band with Rob Warren on guitar and vocals, Bruce Baker on drums, Brian Thusi on trumpet, Jerry Kunene on sax accompanying the velvet-voiced Tammy Saville who will share with Thulile Zama. Bandile Hlophe who recently wowed everyone with his performance of the slave, Jim, in Big River.

The Birth of the Blues runs until October 25. Tickets R74 available at the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 7612 or online booking through Strictlytickets on