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Tuesday, July 24, 2018


(Dave Starke &Too Bit Mac)

The recently upgraded Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban will present a slightly theatrical, mostly musical tribute to two of the foremost singer/songwriters of the 1960s in Tribute To James Taylor & Carole King.

Take the butter-like voice of James Taylor that made famous songs like Carolina on My Mind, You Can Close Your Eyes, Sweet Baby James and Fire and Rain and contrast it with the soulful, rich voice of Carole King in songs like So Far Away, Natural Woman, You’ve got a Friend and Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow. The result is mellow, emotional journey through the lives of these two friends and lovers, their music and their madness.

Presented by Dave Starke and a stellar cast of visiting musicians, the show promises to be a powerful examination of these two timeless singers.

Starke is a Cape Town-born guitarist and singer. Former frontman for acoustic rock band, Soulfire, he is now a full-time solo performer and composer. Dave appeared on the first season of The Voice South Africa and in addition to performing at theatres and weddings, he composes music for film and television.

Too Bit Mac is South African born singer who was educated in the USA. On her return to South Africa, she performed in High School Music South Africa. She is currently the vocalist in KZN corporate show band Brandy Bossa Nova.

Jaran Lienig is based in Granvin, Norway, and holds a master’s degree in music. He helped to establish a music school in KZN in 2010 and has been a regular visitor to South Africa ever since.

Lizzie Gaisford is a guitarist and accordion player based in Cape Town where she is the lead singer for The Fishwives.

Geir Daasvand from Oslo, Norway is an alto and tenor saxophonist and member of the legendary “Frank Znort Quartet”.

Shows take place on July 27 and 28 at 20h00 and on July 29 at 14h00. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners and tables of eight or more).

Take along food picnic baskets. 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). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email (also for group booking discounts of 20 or more) or visit

See Keith Millar’s review for artSMart at