Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lots happening around Durban this weekend

Looks like Durban is the place to be over the next few days.

Music aplenty.

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Dr Fly and The Nurses voodoo

Durban - The Warmest Place To Be presents feast of music at the Rainbow Restaurant – March 24.
In recognition of Human Rights Day in South Africa and as one of the official welcoming events for delegates to the Fifth BRICS Summit, Durban - The Warmest Place To Be presents a feast of music at the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown on Sunday, March 24 at 2pm.
The first performance starts at 2pm with deep jazz as Burton Naidoo's Musical Democracy quintet takes to the stage. This will be followed by a set from five-piece afro-beat outfit Tanga Pasi who hail from the Kalanga region of Zimbabwe and who will be making their third appearance at the Rainbow. For this performance the audience will get to hear the sounds of their debut full length album, Ntolontolo - A Long Time Ago. From there it’s "sho't left" to the unique sounds of Dr. Fly and The Nurses, an a capella trio in the tradition of the Andrew Sisters featuring the vocal talents of Sophie Basckin, Jessica Sole and Natalie Shama. Then it will be time for a "beega party" with electro-percussion trio Napalma fronted by Mozambican born/Brazilian raised vocalist Ivo Maia with Brazil's Cid Travaglia driving hard on djembe.
“The best part of it all is that with the kind and generous support of the Ethekwini Municipality we are able to use this event as a fundraiser for the Rainbow's charity of choice, the Open Door Crises Centre which is based in Pinetown and offers invaluable assistance to the victims of human trafficking and abuse. All monies raised from ticket sales will be donated to Open Door.” says Neil Comfort of the Rainbow.
Doors open at 1pm and tickets are R40 at the door. For more info contact the Rainbow on 083 706 2294 or 083 4638044.
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Tanga Pasi 
(Source - Versfeld & Associates) 
Date: Friday 22 March 2013
Venue: St. Clements, 191 Musgrave Rd, Durban
Type: Concert - original acoustic alternative
Time: 7 for 7.30 pm
Entrance Fee: R50 per person
Contact: 031 202 2511


Durban musician Rowan Stuart will be returning to St. Clements restaurant for a solo acoustic performance on Friday the 22nd of March.

Since the release of his first solo album in 2008, Rowan has been steadily forging a path for himself as an esteemed original artist. Despite an ever-evolving sound, fans of Rowan's music have come to expect his signature of thought-inspiring lyrics and meticulously-crafted melodies, with a touch of the unpredictable, creating songs with an uncommon level of depth. Rowan's acclaimed abilities as a guitarist are also definitive in the innovative and fluent guitar parts he writes.

This performance at St. Clements will be one of the first stops in a series of solo acoustic shows around South Africa this year. The performance will include songs from Rowan's previous albums; ‘A Thousand Brand New Places’, ‘Soul In A Suitcase’ and 'Light In Cages', as well as an exciting batch of new material, written exclusively for the solo acoustic format.

The music will kick off at 7.30 pm. Food and drinks will be on sale.
CDs will also be available.

Visit for more information, or contact St. Clements on 031 202 2511

(Source - St Clements) 

Pole by Andrew Verster

POLE DANCERS FOR ALL OCCASIONS -  the invitation popped up on my screen.
What occasion of mine would need a pole dancer I wondered? A poetry reading at St. Clements? Coffee and croissants at the Alliance? The opening of GANDHI at ArtSpace? An evening at home watching television?
I deleted the offer. But the next day another email arrived offering a thirty percent discount if I chose a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
I sensed desperation. Perhaps it’s a fallow time for pole-dancing? Their heyday was in the late nineties. Could they be staging a come-back?
Watch this space for developments.

Andrew Verster is a World Famous Artist and Writer based in Durban.

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