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Tuesday, May 2, 2017


(Natalie Rungan)

For her long-awaited come back to the Alliance Française, the Durban born singer-song writer Natalie Rungan will perform with her pianist Mark Royeppen, for a one-day only live show titled Lunch Vibes on May 6.

Her smooth vocal styling saw her travel from Harare, Zimbabwe to Boston, USA. In New York, Natalie jammed with greats like Larry Ridley, Brian Steele and Michael Rossi.

“My music expresses my thoughts and ideas about the many truths and faces of what I believe love and life to be. I wanted people to see me through the windows of my songs,” she says. Rungan’s second album, Natalie-This is Me, brought out a dichotomy of sounds which express the many influences on this singer-song writer. It has proven to be a journey that embraces both Jazz and Pop cultures. Bass ‘extraordinaire’, Victor Masondo who brought together an array of talented musicians, including a live string section, produced the album.

The songbird, who is a popular performer in jazz and gospel circles, lists her musician grandfather and her father, who was a drummer in a popular Durban dance band in the ‘70s, as her two earliest influences. She also recalls listening to her mum singing church songs in the kitchen during early hours of the morning. This, she believes is what started her journey.

Lunch Vibes: Natalie Rungan & pianist Mark Royeppen takes place on May 6 from 12h00 to 14h00 at the Alliance Française of Durban. Entrance is free. Alliance Française de Durban is situated at 22 Sutton Crescent (off Windermere Road) in Morningside. For more information contact 031 312 9582 or fax 031 312 2864 or email: