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Saturday, May 20, 2017


(Steve Newman)

Supported by Concerts SA, in conjunction with The Headroom, Steve Newman graces the Winston Churchill Theatre stage on May 26.

Newman has written a history for himself that few can equal. A consummate instrumentalist who can pick out any tune you name, he has travelled and traversed the length and breadth of SA plying his magic and gathering a formidable following who turn out to see him time and again. A guitarist with a musical career that spans almost 30 years, Newman has produced no less than 17 recorded albums and has won multiple awards.

With his world-famous band Tananas, formed in 1987, Newman has received a string of awards for albums released with Tananas and has toured the world on Peter Gabriel’s Womad platform. Travelling around the globe, he has collaborated with the likes of Paul Simon, Sting and Youssou N’dour. He also performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

In South Africa, he can often be seen in concert with Tony Cox and Greg Georgiades - finger style guitarists with great audience rapport - and with Greg Georgiades and tabla player Ashish Joshi, performing as Strings and Strings. Newman has also been part of Jikanelanga, a collaboration that includes artists like vocalist and traditional instrumentalist Lu Dlamini, Godfrey Mgcina - one of South Africa’s greatest percussionists - and Zamo Mbutho, a vocal maestro that worked with Miriam Makeba until her last day on earth.

The evening is special in every way; the opening act is one of KZN’s sons of the soil, Zothani Dlamini, with his Maskandi music. Wikipedia says Maskandi music originated from European music, then it was translated into Afrikaans cultural practices and then borrowed and transformed into Zulu musical language. In Durban they called it ‘‘the music played by the man on the move, the modern minstrel, today’s troubadour”.

The day starts early at the Winston Churchill Theatre with a lunch-hour event for schools that are guests to the theatre experience presented by young guitarist, Mbijana Sibisi, who carries the KZN flag very high with his amazing talent. Sibisi represented KZN on the internationally acclaimed music competition platform The Voice. Other KZN artists will be featured with Sibisi on this day to entertain students.

The concert will take place on May 26 at 19h30 at The Winston Churchill Theatre, 2 Leinster Road in Pietermaritzburg. Admission R50. More information on 033 392 2264.

This concert by is organised by The Headroom as part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit, which aims to encourage appreciation for local music through concerts and workshop elements for school children. For more information visit, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at or like on Facebook at