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Friday, August 31, 2018


(Steve Fataar)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present a Twosday show with Steve Fataar on September 4, 2018.

Fataar grew up in Greyville and later in Sydenham, KZN. He was a fast learner and was pushed up in school, matriculating at the age of 15.

He picked up a guitar, and was soon learning all the well-known songs on the circuit – teaching his brothers “Brother” and Ricky the bass and drums as he got a feel for the instruments himself.

The band morphed a few times – always bearing the brothers as original members and always including a friend. It was only when Blondie Chaplin joined the band – the Flames - that the brothers felt that this time they had come to the true incarnation of a band that would rock the country, creating something akin to Beatle mania on South African soil. Their hit rendition of For Your Precious Love topped the charts for 13 weeks straight.

The natural progression was to visit England and America, and so it was that the Flames received a record deal from Brother Records – headed by Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, recording the album See the Light which made it to the American Bill Board Charts.

After much success and just as they were offered an international record deal, the band had had their full, and the split up - each of them going their own ways, Ricky and Blondie merging with the Beach Boys, Brother going to Amsterdam (where he later died) and Steve home to Africa, Durban and meeting the mother of his children – Marianne.

Steve Fataar was crowned a living treasure by the mayor of Durban in September 2000. He has had the pleasure and success of performing with his family (Avataar). Steve Fataar will perform with well-loved pianist Burton Naidoo and a few special guests.

The concert will take place on September 4, 2018, at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students).

For more details contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email