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Saturday, January 23, 2016


To open its 2016 music programme in style, The Rainbow Restaurant in association with Concerts SA will present Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata on January 31.

Paul Hanmer was born in Cape Town, South Africa, exactly 50 years after the death of Gustav Mahler. He has recorded several albums of which his first, Trains to Taung, is probably the most well-known.

Since 2002 he has written several chamber works for The Bow Project, Robert Pickup, Leon Bosch, The "clockwise" duo of Marc Uys and Jacqui Kerrod, European group 2tUBAS & friends and South Africa's New Music Indaba, amongst others. He continues to work with McCoy Mrubata and the duo made several new live recordings in June 2009 to document McCoy's 50th birthday and the partnership's 21st birthday.

McCoy Mrubata is a saxophonist, flute player, band leader and composer. Born in 1959 in Cape Town's historic Langa Township, he grew up with the sounds of African music: the soulful hymns of the Zion Church, the chants and rhythms of traditional healers and the brassy jive of the Merry Macs band who rehearsed opposite his home. In the fiery aftermath of the 1976 uprising, the young McCoy then playing flute studied informally under Langa greats like Madoda Gxabeka, Winston Ngozi , the Ngcukanas, Ezra and Duke, Blackie Tempi and Robert Sithole.

A declining live music scene in Cape Town meant lots of touring, and McCoy was spotted by bandleader Sipho Hotstix Mabuse who helped him make Joburg his home. In 1992 he began touring with Hugh Masekela's Lerapo, alongside guitarist Lawrence Matshiza and pianist, the late Moses Molelekwa among others.

The concert takes place on January 31. Tickets R100 and doors open at 13h00. Bookings through

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