Enjoy a spicy mix of dance, comedy and music in ‘The Bread, The Porridge and The Mix Masala’ at Sibaya

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Three of the artists appearing in ‘The Bread, The Porridge and The Mix Masala’, pictured clockwise from back left: Thiru Reddy, Melanie Kisten and Bhavanie Kisten. Photo: Ryan B Photography

Join the Melanie Kisten Dance Academy as it celebrates 21 years in the entertainment industry with new comedy – The Bread, The Porridge and The Mix Masala. – at Sibaya Casino’s iZulu Theatre at 6 pm on Saturday, October 21 and 3 pm Sunday, October 22. Continue reading

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Award-winning films, poetry, music and book talks at the Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival

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AWARD-winning documentary film-maker, Rehad Desai (Miners Shot Down) will be in the city to attend the screening of his latest film, Giant is Falling, as part of the Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Co-directed by Jabulani Mzozo, the film takes a sweeping look at the political events of recent years that signal the end of an era in South Africa. Continue reading

Cool tunes from Durban and The Netherlands at Centre for Jazz

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Peter Beets

THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus in Durban will be hosting the Peter Beets Trio, from The Netherlands, at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 27.

Alexander and Peter Beets, together with their friend, Gijs Dijkhuizen, are currently on a tour of South Africa. The band is at the forefront of jazz music in Holland.

Peter, an acclaimed musician with an international reputation, undertook no fewer than 26 international tours in 2016. He has toured Europe extensively, as well as the United States and Japan.

The brothers performed together as The Beets Brothers, releasing their debut album in 1990. Two more followed and over the years they have built up an enormous body of work, many in collaboration with other artists.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM) is on level two of the Shepstone Building at UKZN. Doors open at 5.30 pm. Tickets are R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students).

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Beam Brothers

The Beam Brothers, will be performing at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 26.

Established over 60 years ago in Mpumalanga, Hammersdale, the band’s sound could be easily mistaken for Gospel music. The Durban-based foursome uses their music to reflect on the ins and outs of day-to-day life.

Vocalists, Malusi G Gwala, Sam Mqina, Michael Mkhize and Nkosinathi Lucky Gama, will be backed by Mthobisi Mthalane (piano), Mandla Mgabhi (percussion), Mandla Zikalalala (bass) and Philani Atlas Duma (drums).

Doors open at 5.30 pm and tickets are R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students).
For more information on these concerts contact Thuli on 031 2603385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za

Celebrate the music of Africa at the Mill Sessions in the KZN Midlands

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The Baobab Sisters.

A GROUP of Scandinavian singers, who perform songs in Zulu and Xhosa, will be performing at the Caversham Mill Restaurant in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Heritage Day (September 24).

The Baobab Sisters will be joined for the Mill Sessions concert by David “Qadasi” Jenkins and Maqhinga Radebe, who will perform their signature maskandi music. Continue reading

Hilton College pupils’ fundraising concert will help vulnerable children in KZN

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Hilton College pupils will be performing at the Hilton Arts Festival to raise money for Ingane Yami, a special village for orphaned and abandoned children in the Dassenhoek community, near Hillcrest. Photo: Supplied

THE Hilton College music department will be hosting a special fundraising concert in the Hilton Arts Festival marquee at 6 pm on Thursday, September 14.

Performing at the concert will be the school choir, vocal ensemble, award-winning marimba bands and the school orchestra. Continue reading