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Saturday, March 22, 2014


(Lex Futshane)

Bass player Lex Futshane will be in KZN in the last week of March, performing in a series of concerts sponsored by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian initiative which supports venues and artists in South Africa by creating essential jazz circuits. Jazz-loving Durbanites who have been around a while will remember Futshane with great fondness. Not only was he much in demand as a double bass and electric bass player, but he was well known as a tutor and teacher, grooming many of Durban’s aspiring musicians.

Pursuing his love of music and education, Futshane is currently Manager of the Teacher Training Programme for the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company, a post he has held for over six years.

As a bass player, Futshane has distinguished himself on the performance platform, and has played with some of South Africa’s greats, including such illustrious artists as Bheki Mseleku, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Ezra Ngcukana, Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku and Tu Nokwe. He has toured and performed extensively in Southern Africa, USA, Cuba, Korea, UK and Germany.

For the Durban performances, Futshane teams up with former colleague, pianist Neil Gonsalves, as well as Sidney Rash on drums and Zoe ‘The Seed’ Masuku on vocals. The group strips down to a trio for the Tathum Art Gallery gig in Pietermaritzburg, when Futshane and Masuku are joined by ethnomusicologist, composer and guitarist Sazi Dlamini. Jazz lovers can expect a rich and varied repertoire which will include contemporary jazz, some old fashioned mbhaqanga sounds and interesting arrangements of jazz standards.

The Lex Futshane KZN tour, which runs from March 26 to 30 is supported by Concerts SA and produced by iSupport Music Business.

March 26 - Doors open 17h30 and music starts at 18h00. The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Tickets: R40 (R20 pensioners and R15 students). Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details.

March 28 - Doors open 18h00 and music starts at 19h00. KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. Tickets R60. Contact 031 201 9969 or 031 454 0840

March 29 - Doors open 14h00. Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, opposite the City Hall on the corner of Church Street and Chief Albert Luthuli Road. Tickets R60. Contact 033 392 2813.

March 30 - Doors open at 13h00, performance from 14h00. Rainbow Restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown. Tickets R50 booked on Contact 031 702 9161.