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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


(Shabaka Hutchings)

On February 5, The Rainbow and Concerts SA presents Shabaka and the Ancestors in a musical collaboration between UK based Shabaka Hutchings and the cream of contemporary Jazz in South Africa. The band released their album Wisdom of the Elders in September 2016 and since then has been receiving rave reviews.

Shabaka Hutchings is a saxophonist, band leader and composer, part of London’s community of younger jazz musicians as well as the city’s thriving improvised music scene. For Hutchings, composition is a chronicle of the zeitgeist inhabited by a composer; an exposition of his or her search for meaning and the structuring of experiences in aid of recognising this meaning when it appears.

Joining Hutchings on the tour are Siya Mthembu, lead vocalist of The Brother Moves On; saxophonist Mthunzi Mvubu, drummer Tumi Mogorosi, bassist Ariel Zamonsky and percussionist Gontse Makhene - all of whom have performed at the Rainbow in recent years.

Catch Shabaka and the Ancestors on February 5 (doors open at 13h00). Entrance R120. Phone 031 702 9161. The Rainbow is situated at 23 Stanfield Lane in Pinetown.

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After playing to full houses in December, The Hexagon Theatre is bringing One Hit WonderFul back for two performances only on February3 and 4.

You remember these people: Carl Perkins, Jeannie C Riley, Kim Carnes, Eddie Holman, The BodyRockers…? Yeah, neither do we.

Why? Because they had one hit numbers that rocked the world, and then they faded into obscurity, to become members of that exclusive club known as One Hit Wonders. But although we don’t remember them, we certainly remember their songs!

Sandra Styles, Daniel Rossouw, Ryan Calder and Tammy Calder are once again gracing the Dive stage with their amazing voices and wacky humour. They are joined this year by guest artist, Katherine McLennand. Direction is by Peter Mitchell.

In a tradition that started more than 15 years ago, the annual Dive show takes a look at various styles, genres, eras and artists and provides a great relaxed evening of good music and fun. This year’s show includes One Hit Wonders such as Lemon Tree, Lollipop, Mamy Blue, Venus, Don’t Worry Be Happy, I Like the Way You Move, Everlasting Love, Eloise, and many more.

The traditional format remains: picnic evenings where patrons bring their own food, but no drinks, as there is a cash bar. It’s time to kick back, relax and remember some great hits and learn a little about who sang them, dragging them out of obscurity into the spotlight once more.

One Hit WonderFul has performances on February 3 and 4 at 19h00 for 19h30. Doors open at 18h45. Tickets R100. Bookings: The Hexagon Dive is situated on the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus.


Come along to the Windsor Tennis Club - play tennis from 16h00 to 18h00 - grab a boerewors Roll and a drink and listen to some great Music - every Monday

Entrance R50 and music from 18h00 to 21h00.

The forthcoming line-up is:

February 6: Callie Thomson
February 13: Valentine Special with Melvin Peters and Hayley Hounsome
February 20: Richard Haslop, Mike Raftert and Will Wallace
February 27: Chloe Clark and Burton Naidoo 

The Windsor Tennis Club is situated at 53 James Henderson Crescent in Glenwood, Durban.  For more information contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or email


Deadline: February 24, 2017

The 20th Time of the Writer Festival invites high school learners to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition.

Held in conjunction with the Time of the Writer festival, the Schools Short Story Competition is open to all South African high school learners and aims to encourage creative expression in young people while functioning as a springboard for the future writers of South Africa. With the festival’s long-standing commitment toward nurturing a culture of reading and writing, this competition has received a wide appeal that continues to grow with each edition of the festival.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes, book vouchers and complimentary tickets to the festival.

The Time of the Writer takes place from March 13 to 18, 2017. As one of the country’s longest running literature festivals, Time of the Writer brings together some of the best authors, publishers, and editors from around the world, while focusing on providing a platform to KwaZulu-Natal talent.

In addition to the nightly showcases at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and various community based venues, the festival also organises a broad range of free daily activities including an educational and entertaining programme of workshops, reading sessions and panel discussions. This includes engagement with teachers on the implementation of literature in the classroom and with members of the public interested in literature as well as visits to schools by the festival participants.

For more information on the festival or the competition, visit or contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506/1816 or email:

Terms and Conditions
- The competition is open to all South African high school students.
- There is no particular topic for the short stories.
- The short stories can be written in English or isiZulu.
- Illegible entries will not be considered (Typed entries preferred).
- Short stories are to be a maximum of 5 pages in length.
- Deadline for submissions is 16h00 on February 24, 2017.

Entries can be submitted on e-mail: or fax: 031 260 3074. Hand deliveries to the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Mazisi Kunene Avenue, in Durban.

All entries must include:
- Name of school (Contact and physical address)
- Name of submitter (Grade, age and contact details)
- Ensure that all pages are numbered.

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University KwaZulu-Natal), the 20th Time of the Writer is supported by the City of Durban, the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, the National Department of Arts and Culture, the Mazisi Kunene Foundation, the Goethe Institut, and the Alliance Fran├žaise Durban. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the College of Humanities’ School of Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


(Krijay Govender is one of the top stars in the line-up)

This February, Durban will erupt in laughter as the biggest comedians from all over South Africa hit the stage for the 2017 kick-off of the world tour of Kings & Queens of Comedy on February 11 at the Durban ICC.

Guaranteed to be a show of hysterical proportions, comedy lovers can look forward to a bigger and funnier stellar line-up.

Taking to the stage with their comical armour and witty swords are Marc Lottering, Tumi Morake, Loyiso Gola, Celeste Ntuli, Leeanda Reddy, Krijay Govender, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Joey Rasdien, Tol Ass Mo, Khanyisa Bunu and Rory Petzer. Leading the evening’s proceedings is Durban’s favourite comedian, Darren Maule with a special guest appearance by Morgan Beatbox.

Kings & Queens of Comedy began in 2012 in Johannesburg and has since grown to be one of the leading comedy brands in South Africa, promoting and showcasing local talent from around the country.

The show takes place on February 11 at 20h00 (doors open at 19h00). Tickets range from R185 and are available through Computicket online and leading outlets. Durban ICC is situated at 45 Bram Fischer Road, Durban