Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist – who is celebrating his 25th year in showbiz – performs at Pietermaritzburg’s Hexagon Theatre, nightly at 7.30, until September 1, having started his short run there on August 29.

A prodigy of the late Max Collie, Andre (pictured above) says no shows of his are ever the same as every night’s volunteers are completely different, leading to a diverse, hilarious, action-packed evening performance.

With every person reacting differently to Andre’s suggestion, not even he knows what to expect when he steps up on stage.

Ticket prices range from R90 to R100. Tickets are available at the door or online from Webtickets.

Meanwhile, if you are a fan of sax music, you might consider a drive to Groutville to catch performances presented by Concerts SA and iSupport Music Business.

Renowned saxophonists

The Khaya Mahlangu and Salim Washington Quintet will perform at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville at 6pm on Friday, August 31, and at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale at 7pm on Saturday, September 1. Admission for each concert is R30 at the door.

These renowned saxophonists will be accompanied by Neil Gonsalves on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Stanley Matlou on drums.

Saxophonist, percussionist and composer Mahlangu has worked with Hugh Masekela, Tsepo Tshola, Busi Mhlongo, Vusi Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu and Jonas Gwangwa. He was part of Afro-pop group Harari, The Jazz Ministers and Spirits Rejoice.

Mahlangu co-founded one of South Africa’s greatest Afro-fusion bands, Sakhile, in 1982 and in 1998 formed Iconoclast with Victor Ntoni, Hilton Schilder and Vusi Khumalo.

American sax ace Salim Washington.

Great luminaries

US-born and now-SA-based Salim Washington is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, playing sax, flute, oboe and bass clarinet. Washington has played as a jazz musician throughout The US, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has performed and recorded with many of jazz’s greatest luminaries.

For more info about either of these performances, phone 083 337 2518.

In Durban, meanwhile, the 20th annual Jomba! contemporary dance festival opened on Tuesday, August 28, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus, and runs until September 9.

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The festival sees dance companies and choreographers making their way from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Spain, Switzerland, India, the US and Madagascar to join Durban companies in a programme of innovative dance.

Among highlights is Durban’s own Musa Hlatshwayo, presenting Udodana, a dance work which premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, where it played to standing ovations.

Durban’s Musa Hlatshwayo will present his acclaimed Udodana at the Jomba! contemporary dance festival.

For a more detailed programme on the SoSuterBill.com showbiz site click here

It is also worth noting that popular showband The Reals is now again staging the popular Woodstock showband entertainment at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof.

Performances are at 8pm nightly this week until Saturday, September 1, and again from Wednesday to Saturday, September 5 to 8. Sunday shows, at 2pm, are scheduled for September 2 and 9. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) at Computicket.

Featuring guest singer Marion Loudon, the band – Barry Thomson, Jason Andrew, Dawn Selby and Mali Sewell – present a fine tribute to the hits of yesteryear, associated with the historic music festival held over three days in the 1960s. My full review of the show by clicking here

Also worth noting is that Irish singer-musician Dave Monks performs this weekend at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Umbilo venue in Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road.

Monks presents The Great British Pub Night at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (August 31 and September 1) and 2pm on Sunday, September 2.

Golden oldies

The show offers a variety of golden oldies –from war songs through to hits by Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Roger Whittaker, Smokie, The Beatles and others.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

By the way, are you aware that the Rhumbelow Theatre franchise has introduced a new ticket deal – R300 for two adults and two children. More about this and other ticket discounts by clicking here

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