Pietermaritzburg band, Acoustiq Assassins, to launch single and video

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Acoustiq Assassins.

FRESH from wowing fans in Johannesburg, Maritzburg band Acoustiq Assassins will be launching the music video for their latest single, Running, at the Grandstation in Railway Street, Pietermaritzburg, at 7 pm on Friday, September 13.

Fans are encouraged to arrive at 6 pm to buy tickets, which cost R70 each. Drinks are sold at the venue and snacks will be provided.

Acoustiq Assassins were finalists in the 2019 MTV Base Music showcase competition, were part of former V-Entertainment presenter Shelton Forbes’ New Melody show at the Joburg Theatre, and finalists in the UJ Week of Jazz competition.

The trio perform poetic, minimalistic music using just two acoustic guitars as accompaniment. Their aim is to create room for the expression of their voices. The band’s sound can best be described as contemporary/indie R n B mixed with acoustic soul.

A proudly Pietermaritzburg outfit, Acoustiq Assassins originally had four members — Siphesihle Bhengu, Junior Mazibuko, Gugu Mdladla and 2016 SA Idols winner Noma Khumalo. Khumalo has now signed with Gallo records.

Acoustiq Assassins, who perform original work, aim to make music that speaks more to the ears than the eyes. They have shared platforms with Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Zakes Bantwini, Dreamteam, Sibongile Khumalo, Big Nuz, DJ Tira, Shekinah, Dumi Mkostad, Babes Wodumo and more.

Head down to the Rhumbelow Theatre for ‘Elvis & Me – The Priscilla Story’

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Doug Weich will be celebrating the music of Elvis Presley at the Rhumbelow Theatres in Durban and ‘Maritzburg. Photo: Supplied

DOUG Weich and his eight-piece band, MSG, return to the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban for Elvis & Me – The Priscilla Story from Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 20.

The show, which will also be performed at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Pietermaritzburg on September 10, tells Elvis’ as seen through Priscilla’s eyes and gives an insight into the couple’s relationship, from when they first met until the day that Elvis died – August 16, 1977. Continue reading

Love the music of the 1960s? Then don’t miss Dave Monks and Marion Loudon at the Rhumbelow Pietermaritzburg

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Dave Monks and Marion Loudon will be performing the music of the sixties at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Supplied

DAVE Monks and Marion Loudon will be going back to the Swinging 60s in their latest show, being staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Durban Road, Pietermaritzburg at 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, July 9. Continue reading

Fabulous folk from the 60s and 70s at the Hexagon Dive Theatre in ‘Maritzburg

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Performing in That’s All Folk are (from left) Ryan Calder, Tammy Calder, Daniel Rossouw, (seated from left) Katherine McClelland and Sandra Styles. Photo: Supplied

THE Hexagon Dive Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus is playing host to That’s All Folk, an evening of folk music from the sixties and seventies from July 12 to 15. Continue reading

Head to the Hexagon Theatre to see the dark satire, ‘The Last Outpost’

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The Last Outpost stars Sabelo Cele and Sbusiso Mpendulo Nzama.

Running at the Hexagon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Pietermaritzburg campus from Thursday, May 25 to Saturday, May 27 at 7pm is The Last Outpost.

Written by UKZN MA candidate Francis Mennigke, a Standard Bank Ovation Award winner for his original script MORGUE in 2014, and directed by Rhodes University graduate, Josh Martin, this dark satire argues that today, 23 years after South Africa’s first democratic election, colonialism still exists.

But rather than imperial forts and army barracks, some of these spaces are psychological. Continue reading

Classy entertainment in store at the 2017 Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg

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Blues legend, Dan Patlansky, will be one of four great acts at the Royal Rock concert on May 27. Also performing will be Locnville, Ard Matthews and the Black Lapels. Photo: Bakkes Images

SOUTH African musicians, Ard Mathews, Dan Patlansky, Locnville and Siphokazi, are among the drawcards at this year’s Royal Agricultural Show concerts, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Music plays a major part in the event, which runs at the Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, June 4. Continue reading