Jazz gigs rock KZN this weekend

Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

Popular saxophonist Thami Mahlangu (above, picture by Lindo Mbhele) in association with Concerts SA, Luthuli Museum, Artizen Lounge and iSupport Music Business performs at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville on Friday, December 7, and at Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu on Sunday, December 9.

The Luthuli Museum is at 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street in Groutville. The concert starts at 6pm on Friday and tickets cost R30 at the door. More information by calling 083 337 2518.

Artizen Restaurant & Lounge is at 33 106535 Street, KwaMashu. Sunday’s concert there stars at 3pm and admission is free.

Born in Tembisa, Mahlangu will entertain with back-up for these gigs from Zibusiso Makhathini on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Riley Giandhari on drums and Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet.

Every genre

“I am an ‘every genre’ type of horn player who is very much influenced by what is around me. People can expect nothing but the truth when they hear me play. My music comes from the bottom of my heart,” says Mahlangu.

“I am planning to portray my versatility reflecting all my life stories through the music I will play during this tour.”

Mahlangu started playing music at church where he played trumpet at age 12. At the age of 14, he was taught clarinet and sax at the Moses Taiwa Molelekwa Art Foundation (MTMAF), where his talent was discovered and nurtured.

He was part of the MTMAF band, called Taiwa Jazz Band, from 2008 until 2012.

Mahlangu has shared stages with Hugh Masekela, Feya Faku, McCoy Mrubata, Zim Ngqawana, Sydney Mnisi, Barney Rachabane, Zonke, Lira, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Concord Nkabinde, Carlo Mombelli, Paul Hanmer, Khaya Mahlangu, Sydney Mavundla and Thandi Ntuli, among others.

Events in the KZN Midlands

Meanwhile, a reminder that Durban’s 22nd annual naughty panto for adults, Twice Upon a Mattress – The Princess and the P, is running until January 12 at the cosy OnStage@Altitude, in Silver Avenue, Stamford Hill, Durban, the home for the pantos since they stopped being staged at Suncoast Casino a few years ago.

Written and directed by Thomie Holtzhausen, Twice Upon a Matress has a very loose theme indeed, but there are sufficient good jokes and funny lines, as well as a varied song selection and some exuberant performances, to ensure it all makes for a highly enjoyable night out.

The panto is staged from 7.30pm to 9.30pm every Wednesday to Saturday. Patrons are encouraged to take along their own picnic baskets or snacks, but drinks must be bought at the pub.

Tickets cost R150 each but lower-priced performances have been scheduled for the Mondays, December 10 and 24, when tickets cost R100 each. Additionally, there is one Tuesday performance on December 18, for which tickets cost R150 each.

For info, contact Thomie of It’s Taboo Production at 064 476 9533. Online bookings via Quicket.

For my full review of this giddy romp, click here

The cast of British Invasion, at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo this weekend.

Also worth checking out at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, in Umbilo, is The Reals band’s British Invasion, a fun show celebrating great British music acts, including Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Hollies, The Clash, Queen, Bad Company, The Verve and others.

The show, with guitarist Shaun Dragt as a special guest, is scheduled for performances at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (December 7 and 8) and 2pm on Sunday (December 9).

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

For my full review, click here

Meanwhile, another reminder that the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof, is presenting The Foxy 4 every Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm, until December 9.

The cast of The Foxy 4, which has final performances in Kloof this weekend.

The production stars Leigh Meyer, Marion Loudon, Jemma Kate Badenhorst and Camilla Rogers. It salutes artists including Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Adele, The Supremes, Marilyn Monroe, Carole King, Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, Gloria Estefan, Cilla Black and Aretha Franklin.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

For my full review, click here

On the movie scene, new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is The Grinch, the animated remake of the classic Dr Seuss tale about a mean green creature that loathes Christmas… but gets to change his ways and find love and kindness.

My full review of the film, which features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Pharrell Williams and Angela Lansbury, is available by clicking here

Another new release is Instant Family, directed by Sean Anders, which teams Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Isabela Moner in a story about a couple who find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? What stomping singalong hit by British band Slade has since been covered by REM, Train, Girls Aloud, Cheap Tricky, Oasis, Tony Christie and Steps, among others? (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: Who sang the opening line of the original 1984 version of Do They Know It’s Christmas, by Band Aid, an-all star group that recorded the song for the starving in Ethiopia? (Answer: Paul Young)