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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


The Rainbow Restaurant jazz venue in Pinetown has a regular programme of live jazz. However, a recent innovation is The Sunday Sessions hosted by Bernard Mndaweni and Paki Peloeole which will take place on May 8, 15 and 22 from 13h00.

S'busiso Bernard Mndaweni has been a regular performer on the Rainbow stage dating back to the 1980's; from groups such as Zanussi to Busi Mhlongo and Twasa.

“Paki Peloeole is quite simply one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Durban and together with Mndaweni is a member of one of the Rainbow's current favourite line-ups, Just Friends featuring Khaya Dlamini,” says Rainbow co-owner Neil Comfort. “Together they want to develop the Sunday Sessions at the historic Rainbow Restaurant - a weekly platform, barring those weeks when the Rainbow is hosting a headline artist, where seasoned musicians like them can get together and jam, whilst at the same time providing a platform for emerging artists.

Where possible, there will also be a featured act on the afternoon and for the launch event, Njeza's Trio featuring guitarist Njeza Dlamini will be under the spotlight.

All Durban based musicians and performance artists, performing their own original material or even covers and standards, are invited to contact Mndaweni on 082 478 2776 and they will be allocated a date when they can become involved in this exciting new initiative. Performance slots will also be allocated to poets, contemporary dancers and comedians.

“If you have an original talent, we want to hear from you and hopefully see you on the Rainbow stage.

The Sunday Sessions will take place on May 8, 15 and 22 from 13h00. Tickets R10 minimum contribution.

The Rainbow Restaurant Estd 1981 is situated at 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown. More information on 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044 or email: or visit