national Arts Festival Banner

Sunday, January 23, 2022


(Above: Post Box Blues Band)

Arguably the KZN Midlands’ best-loved music venue, Music in The Hills (MiTH) is an opportunity for beginners, professionals, and passionate music fans to share the joy of music at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton.

The next musical evening will take place on January 26, 2022. It will feature the Post Box Blues Band, Gerry Van Rensburg and Grace Botha.

Post Box Blues Band

(at 21h00)

The Post Box Blues band began as a jam—an unrehearsed collaboration of musicians with a love for blues music—and eventually got refined, structured, and streamlined into Kyle Baker on guitar and vocal, Daniel Rossouw on bass, and Chris Melling on drums. There is a rawness and vulnerability in a trio, with no wall of sounds to hide behind, just guitar, bass, and drums to carry the message. The Post Box Blues band like it this way, and try to keep it raw, real, and loud, the way blues should be played! These three musicians have been playing together in different projects and iterations for close to 15 years, finally culminating in this bluesy trio playing both blues standards and putting their unique blues twist on more modern music.


Gerry Van Rensburg

(at 20h00)

Gerry picked up the guitar for the first time in 1982 with the express purpose of performing to drunk people in bars, a lofty goal which he achieved as a student in 1984, performing at the Saint James Hotel in Point Road, Durban, with three of his friends. It is now an accepted fact that, at the time, nobody in Durban was playing to audiences as drunk as his were. He continued to perform with his bad band friends for his entire student career. By 1989 midi backing tracks became popular and he spent the entire year writing backing tracks and performing them to drunk people at the Cecil hotel in Bloemfontein where he became a big name, but due to the rules of decency on this page we cannot disclose what that name was. He arrived in Pietermaritzburg in 1990 where he would teach technical drawing at Alexandra High School and Maritzburg College. While Gerry is mostly remembered for the many years he performed at DaVinci's restaurant in the ‘90s, over the past 30 years he has performed at restaurants, pubs, weddings, birthdays, and any other venue with a cash bar.


Grace Botha

(at 19h00)

Grace Botha is a singer, songwriter and pianist with a passion for amalgamating her love for jazz, pop and folk. She majored in Jazz and Popular Voice at Howard College from 2011-2013 and was a soloist for the close-harmony group the UKZN Voices. In addition to winning the Amsterdam Acoustic Artist challenge in 2012, she was also runner-up in the Gateway to Fame competition 2013 and opened for the SAIFTA awards in a collab at the ICC Durban. She has performed with several top artists including Beatroute, Sebastian Goldswain, and Majozi, and opened for Idols winner, Jason Hartman. Grace Botha is an accomplished session artist and has delighted audiences at many different venues in KZN with her witty charm and her incredible voice.


The evening takes place from 19h00 at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton. Doors open at 18h00 and the music will kick off at 19h00. Entrance is R50 at the door. Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.


For more information contact 082 331 7271. Visit for more details and directions. Musicians can contact for slots.

DIRECTIONS TO MiTH: Take the N3 to Hilton, take the Hilton turnoff and go South into the Village (away from Hilton College). Travel 5,2km along Hilton Avenue (past two sets of traffic lights and Crossways Pub) and keep going straight as Hilton Avenue turns into Dennis Shepstone Drive. At the 5,2km mark, Knoll Drive will be on your right – the entrance to MiTH is the *second* entrance on your left into The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.