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Saturday, September 7, 2019


(Richard Haslop, Will Wallace & Mike Raftery)

If history is the story of man’s struggle for betterment, then protest music – the Chimes of Freedom - is the soundtrack to the struggle.

Multi-instrumentalist Richard Haslop, veteran bluesman Will Wallace and folk musician Mike Raftery join forces again at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban on September 24, 2019, to present “Chimes of Freedom – Songs of Protest, Persuasion & Politics”.

Whether grabbing attention, entertaining the people or upsetting those with a guilty conscience, protest songs have always reflected and sometimes even influenced the changing times.

Armed with seven instruments – acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, mandolin, resonator, weissenborn and bouzouki - this unique trio will present powerful songs - some familiar (Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon) and some that just have to be heard, ranging from the 1700’s Jacobite rebellions to today’s Brexit headlines.

Shows take place on September 24 at 14h00 and 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners, students with a valid student card and tables of eight or more).

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available and food is available to purchase at the venue. 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