In the picture: Nosihe Zulu entertains at the June 20 Music in the Hills event in Hilton. Picture by Elsie B Photography.
DURBAN singer Anthony Stonier, perhaps best known as the leggy drag queen in Durban’s many naughty, mini pantos, in which he starred for decades, appears as himself for a show which, saluting the music and memories of Frank Sinatra, is headed for Pietermaritzburg this weekend.
It’s Sinatra… Quite Frankly!, and it is scheduled for a single performance at the Rhumbelow Theatre, at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg, at 2pm on Sunday, June 17.
The theatre opens 90 minutes before the performance for a bring-your-own picnic, although all beverages must be bought at the theatre’s pub.
Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners) and booking is by calling Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.
Sticking with The Rhumbelow, a reminder that if good drag is your bag, one of the best drag lip-sync acts in the country, the seasoned Lilly Slaptsilli of Cape Town, is performing “her” hilarious first solo show at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, until Sunday.
Lilly (alias Clive Allardyce), formerly of the former hit drag duo Mince, will next present Shenanigans at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, and 2pm on Sunday, June 17. Tickets cost R150 each and booking is via Roland at 082 499 8636.
Sometimes crude, sometimes comical, sometimes crass – but always classy –Shenanigans is described as a camp, comedic romp for audiences of all sexualities and perversions.
For my interview with the leggy Lilly, who discusses Shenaningans, click here
Fortnightly Music in the Hills
Worth noting on the Midlands music scene is that the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, has a good line-up next week – on Wednesday, June 20.
Kicking off the entertainment at 7pm will be MiTH founder Charles Webster, with family and friends, performing jazz standards, pop and rock covers.
Former Idols contestant, singer-guitarist Erin Fourie, performs from 8pm, alongside Daniel Rossouw, a guitarist and vocalist who is a regular part of the dynamic Pan Latino line-up.
The MiTH headliner act, at 9pm (main picture at top), will be singer-songwriter and pianist Nosihe Zulu, who was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, and finished in eighth place in season six of Idols in 2016. She is now based in Durban, to further her second degree in Jazz Voice Performance at UKZN.
Nosihe grew up in an active church community that gave her many platforms to share her gift of singing at various functions and church events. She soon realised that she not only enjoyed singing, but also relished performing and entertaining too. Her musical range includes pop, jazz, R&B and soul.
Held every second Wednesday, MiTH is a semi-open-mic music club, an opportunity for musicians to share the joy of music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. Non-musicians are welcome too.
Take your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.
By the way, musicians who are keen to perform at MiTH should phone Charles Webster (082 331 7271) or Doug Borain (072 340 7034) for more details.
Family of superheroes
On to my pick of the new movie releases in cinemas countrywide this weekend. It is The Incredibles 2, the sequel to the 2004 Pixar animated hit about a family of superheroes. Featuring the voices of Craig T Nelson and Holly Hunter, the film centres on Bob Parr (alias Mr Incredible) being left to care for young Jack-Jack while wife Helen (alias Elastigirl) is out saving the world.
Finally, it might be worth catching Top Billing on SABC3 at 6.02pm on Saturday, June 16 (repeated at noon on Sunday, June 17).
South African style icon Bonang “Queen B” Matheba is scheduled to invite the show’s presenters to check out her dazzling new pad, while Arno Carstens is billed to discuss a new Springbok Nude Girls album.
TRIVIA: DO YOU KNOW?
Who was the actor who first featured in American Graffiti before he starred in Star Wars?
(Answer next Friday).
Last week’s question was: What 1970s movie musical had a doe-eyed actress proclaiming: “I have this infantile fantasy that someday I’ll amount to something as an actress.”
(Answer: Cabaret, starring Oscar-winner Liza Minnelli).