Don’t miss Tim Plewman in ‘Defending the Caveman’ in Durban

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Tim Plewman once again dons the Caveman’s skins to perform Defending the Caveman – the perfect date-night theatre outing which sends up the irreconcilable differences between the sexes. Pic: Val Adamson

Tim Plewman dons the Caveman’s skins and steps onto stage to add to his record breaking run of sold out performances of Defending the Caveman at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban until October 14. 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

JOMBA! dance project, ‘Cardiac Output’, provides a creative platform for all

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Karl Hebbelmann with Zinhle Nzama in rehearsal for ‘Cardiac Output’, which is being performed at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on September 3. Photo: Val Adamson

DURBAN-based, Flatfoot Dance Company and Adriaan Luteijn, from the Netherlands-based INTRODANS Dance Company, together with four dancers with Downs Syndrome, are blazing a new trail for dance in South Africa.

Their collaboration, Cardiac Output, will be performed at the 19th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban on Sunday, September 3 at 6 pm. Continue reading

Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble to perform at UKZN’s Centre for Jazz

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MEMORIES of Sophiatown and District Six will be envoked when the Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble (UJE) performs at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 6.

The 11-piece band will be playing music from their debut album, Ezintabeni, which includes two cover versions — Sgaxa mabhande and Way Back Fifties by African Jazz Pioneers. Continue reading

‘Maritzburg dancer/choreographer, JC Zondi, wins JOMBA! Fringe award

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Londeka Zondi and Sanele Kenneth Mntumba perform in Intimate at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on Tuesday in the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience Fringe programme. Photo: Val Adamson

PIETERMARITZBURG choreographer, JC Zondi received the inaugural JOMBA! Pick of the Fringe award on Tuesday, August 29 at this year’s JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, after a riveting ten-performance programme of highly creative work by choreographers from around South Africa. Continue reading

Exploring the world of post-feminisim through contemporary dance

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Lorin Sookool will be performing her work ‘BAD’ at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood.

SHARP and witty, Lorin Sookool’s solo show, BAD, is expected to be one of the highlights of this year’s JOMBA! KZN on the Edge at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

The work, one of three being performed in the main gallery space at the venue from 6 pm on Monday, August 28, explores the notion of post-feminism in our image-obsessed, web-empowered generation. Continue reading