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Saturday, September 23, 2023



(Above: N’den: Thulile Zama & pianist David Smith)

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.


19h00: Jes Bedingfield

Jes Bedingfield is a creative in many things. One of her things is four-stringed instruments, like bass guitar and ukulele.

Having played in more than 10 bands over her 15 years as a musician, she is now branching out as a solo artist with her instrument of choice: the ukulele. Jes's husky voice compliments the sound of the uke, and she will be playing an eclectic collection of covers. From bizarre songs that you may have never heard before, to songs that make you want to sing along, and songs that make you go, "Ahh! Remember the good times we had!”


20h00: Lukin Joshua

Lukin Joshua is a Johannesburg-born, Cape Town-based indie-folk solo singer-songwriter, loop artist, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. Lukin is best known for his ability to entertain crowds all over the country through the magic of looping different sounds and instruments over each other. Whether you're a canoe-on-a-pond kind of person or a full-on adrenaline junkie, he's sure to get you moving.

Lukin has shared the stage with South African artists like Springbok Nude Girls, and Black Cat Bones, and performed at Splashy Fen in 2023.


21h00: N’Den

N’den is proud to share original music from their debut offering Sisingathiwe which dropped on all digital music platforms on June 16, 2023. The album echoes the essence of guardianship, warmth, protection, and love for humanity. It weaves around a musical collaboration brewed within the quirky nature of the duo's camaraderie and stylistic nuances that straddle Jazz, neo-soul, and a hint of contemporary Durban jazz feel. With a friendship of nearly two decades, the originality and musical chemistry brought to bear on the album will leave listeners admiring their creativity and musicianship. Sisingathiwe is a culmination of the success of their debut single Coffee in the Morning, which received a warm reception.

N'den comprises vocalist Thulile Zama, and pianist David Smith, who met in the early 2000s while studying music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Their humble musical beginnings as a duo took off when they began performing at various locations in Durban.

Smith’s passion for music is undeniable, and he plays a vital role in the successful Jazz/Hip-Hop band, Big Idea, which made waves throughout the country. Zama, distinguished by her dazzling voice, is the lead vocalist of the thriving all-female contemporary jazz band, Heels Over Head (best contemporary jazz nominees SAMA - 2011; Yamaha Young Artist winners 2010). Zama’s versatility as a vocalist is well-known and loved within the jazz circuit in Durban. Her talents have taken her to Hamburg, Berlin, and New Orleans.

Together, they have been part of the Tributes to Mama Africa/Sophiatown band since 2017. The band has performed in various places around the country and has recently headlined the No Franco #5 festival in Maputo, Mozambique. In the last few years, the duet has composed original music and covered some of their favourite songs for their YouTube channel and social media pages.

Entrance: R50 - Cash or Zapper at the door

Doors open at 18h00 and the music will kick off at 19h00. Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for purchase.

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

MiTH takes place at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton.


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.