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Wednesday, September 25, 2019


(Tantu Nada: Dave Starke & Nishalin Pillay)

The Knoll Guesthouse & Backpackers in Hilton hosts the regular Music in The Hills event tonight (September 25). The evening’s main group is Tantu Nada who perform at 21h00.

Tantu Nada is an acoustic world/fusion duo comprising Dave Starke (guitar and vocals) and Nish Pillay (tabla and percussion). They create a unique East-meets-West eclectic sound. 

Drawing on various genres including Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rock and Pop and blending them with the rhythms of the Indian subcontinent, they create a stylish musical pairing that manages to feel familiar and yet still fresh and exciting.

Starke is an accomplished entertainer with over 20 years’ experience in the music industry. He has performed at The National Arts Festival, The Hilton Arts Festival and White Mountain Music Festival. In 2017, he was a contestant in the first season of The Voice South Africa.

Pillay studied percussion in both South Africa and India and has performed with many of South Africa’s finest musicians both live and in the studio. He was a contestant on the 2017 season of SA’s Got Talent and his festival appearances include Splashy Fen, White Mountain Music Festival, The National Arts Festival and The Michaelhouse Festival of Music.

Their partnership dates back to 2017 when they first started performing together across KwaZulu-Natal, and since then their repertoire has grown and developed to include music from a wide range of eras and genres. Watch them on YouTube at

Fishwives will perform before Tantu Nada at 20h00. They were born out of late-night, side-street jam sessions during the National Arts Festival, 2013. Consisting of Celery Burger, Lizzie-Lou Gaisford and Strato Copteros, they have performed on festival stages across the country and been noted for bringing a highly unique flavour to the current South African scene. Songs flow seamlessly from a low tide of alternative folk to a high of progressive rock, with iconic vocal harmony, intricate instrumentation and narrative lyrics all present across this shore. Subject matter is both wickedly dark and wittily light; rabbit-holes of homegrown nostalgia, local superstition, soured suburban bliss and revenge in all its satisfaction. They have recently released their debut album, Algae, which has thus far been described as echoing an entire 70's record collection without trying to reproduce what was. Watch them on YouTube at

The first group of the evening – at 19h00 will be The Freewheelers. This is a five-piece band from Zululand with an eclectic sound. Join them on a musical journey that will whisk you to outer space before drawing you back to the heart of the African savannah. Take a trip with them to the heel-tapping, hat-tipping land of folk, before gliding your way through the smoke-filled halls of blues. Crossing the Tugela for the first time as a band, they come armed with a pelaton of instruments, covering big standards, a few edgy mash-ups and even a sample of their home-grown tunes. So, let go of the handlebars and freewheel along the road with this diverse group of musical legends. Members include Johan Gerber (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Dave Squires (bass guitar, vocals); Barbara Owen (violin); Vicky Erasmus (keyboard, cello, accordion, backing vocals) and Craig Wilkinson (saxophone). 

Music in the Hills takes place at The Knoll Guesthouse & Backpackers at 1 Knoll Drive, Hilton. For more information contact Charles Webster on 082 331 7271.