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Sunday, April 10, 2016


(Barry Thompson; Mali Sewel, Dawn Selby, guest artist Shaun Dragt & Jason Andrew)

Very enjoyable and entertaining tribute to this iconic rock group. (Review by Keith Millar)

Back at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo by popular demand is Durban’s top rock group, The Reals, with their sensational production, Tribute to Dire Straits.

Fans of Mark Knopfler and his band, Dire Straits, will be happy to know that The Reals are on top form and their performance of this show is every bit as exciting, fervent and accurate as it ever was.

The hugely successful British rock group Dire Straits was formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar) and his younger brother David Knopfler. Their sound was influenced by a variety of musical styles including jazz, folk and blues.

The group sold in the region of 130 million albums and a produced a string of memorable hit songs such as Money for Nothing, Brothers in Arms, Sultans of Swing, Private Investigations, Communiqué, Romeo and Juliet, Telegraph Road, Tunnel of Love, Solid Rock, Down to the Waterline, Twisting By The Pool, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Lady Writer and Calling Elvis.

The Reals play all these great hits in their very enjoyable and entertaining tribute to this iconic rock group. A very talented and experienced group of musicians, the Reals display great synergy and obvious enjoyment in their performance.

Fronting the group is guitar genius Barry Thompson. Responsible for most of the vocals, he recreates Mark Knopfler’s distinctive singing style perfectly. It is, however, on the guitar - as one has come to expect from Durban’s best rock guitarist -that he really shines. His solo in Sultans of Swing alone is worth the price of entrance to the show.

Musical director, leader and keyboard player for The Reals is the incomparable Dawn Selby. Bass is provided by the rock solid Jason Andrew, while guest artist Shaun Dragt is on rhythm guitar.

Drummer Mali Sewell is nicknamed ‘The God of Thunder’. On the night, he lived up to this name with a very impressive and exciting display of drumming on an electronic kit.

The Rhumbelow Theatre is home of quality musical shows in Durban. With Tribute to Dire Straits they undoubtedly have another winner. It is a show which will appeal not only to the connoisseur but to all who are looking for an entertaining night out.

Shows take place from April 8 to 10 and again from April 15 to 17. Friday and Saturday performances at 20h00 with Sunday show starting at 14h00. There will be an extra performance on April 17 at 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises).

Tickets R140 (R120 pensioners and tables of eight or more). Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email or visit

Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo. – Keith Millar