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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


(Jeremy Loops will headline the Royal Rock Concert at the Royal Show on May 28.  Photo: Ben Brown)

Whether you love rock, pop, hip hop or the music of Bollywood, the 166th Royal Show, which runs from May 27 to June 5, at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg will find something to enjoy.

The Kickstands, Majozi, Shortstraw and Jeremy Loops will take to the stage in the main arena for the Royal Rock Concert, on May 28.

Loops is an award-winning folk musician, whose first album Trading Change debuted at number one in his land and was named album of the year 2014 by iTunes SA. He toured the United States with Rebelution and supported Twenty One Pilots in Europe in 2015. In January and February this year he headlined a tour of Europe, titled Continental Drift.

Durban musician, Majozi, describes his music as Indie-folk with subtle influences of electro and attributes his faith as one of his musical inspirations. He has performed at the OppiKoppi Music and White Mountain music festivals as well as playing on the main stage at the Mr Price Pro Concert. Majozi also toured South Africa with The Lumineers in December 2014. He has also released his debut EP with Universal Music, Mountains.

Shortstraw has rocked live music venues and clubs around the country and is well known for getting the crowd dancing. The band released their third full-length album, Youthless, last year. It debuted at number one on the iTunes Album Chart on the day of its release.

The final act is the Durban duo, The Kickstands, who have performed with Goldfish, Just Jinjer, Goodluck, Albert Frost, Arno Carstens, Matthew Mole, Gangs of Ballet, Desmond and the Tutus and Mango Groove.Their live performances have carried their unique, improvised and energetic acoustic sound around Southern Africa gaining fans along the way.

From 14h00 on May 29 the Showgrounds will host the Vuma FM Concert, hosted by Kwasa Breakfast Show presenter, Linda “Mr Magic” Sibya. The show will feature gospel and hip hop artists,including Thobekile, Kwesta,and some of the country’s hottest DJs - DJ Sox, DJ Andre, Linda “The Game” Ndimande and the legendary Msizi Shembe.

June 4 is Bollywood Nite at the Royal Show. From 17h30, Pinky Mothie and Big M Productions will showcase the talents of international star, Rajesh Kumar, Mona Maharaj from Johannesburg, Suresh Nathoo and Pravesh Sunker. The musicians will be backed by the Bollywood Showband.

Bollywood dance sensation, Shiksha Singh, is also billed to appear with her professional dancers and there will be a performance by the electrifying dancers of the Afrofusion cast and Rajiv Mothie. Lotus FM Bhangra will end the programme with their DJ's and a live bhangra.

At 10h00 on June 5, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform The Royal Symphony in the main arena. With the enticing theme, Morning Melodies, the orchestra will play music from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, the jovial Rondo from Mozart’s Horn Concerto 4, The Swan from Carnival of Animals, Mozart’s Symphony No 40, the serene Largo from the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak, Flight of the Bumble Bee and many others.

Soloists will include orchestra’s concertmaster Joanna Frankel on violin, Russian cellist Boris Kerimov, and pianist Christopher Duigan who plays Beethoven’s Fur Elise and the popular film music number River Runs Through You. 

Daniel Walshaw will conduct the orchestra and soloists for the concert, which has been made possible with support from The Witness and Parklane SUPERSPAR.  It will conclude with a tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

The final musical offering is the RSG Concert on June 5, featuring Die Broers, a trio made up of Snyman brother Christo, Cobus and Stephan; the all-girl rock group, Saarkie; Sorina Erasmus, a singer and actress who portrays the character Flooze on the soapie 7de Laan and South African Music Award-winning singer-songwriter, Theuns Jordaan, with Anton L’amour.

Entry to the concerts is included in the normal Royal Show gate charges of R60 per adult and R40 for children under 12 and pensioners. Entry is R40 for everyone on June 1.