Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

Folk music of the 1960s and 1970s pulls the spotlight in That’s More Folk, to be presented at Pietermaritzburg’s Dive, at the Hexagon Theatre, at 7pm for 7.30pm nightly on Friday and Saturday (July 13 and 14) and next Friday and Saturday (July 20 and 21).

Devised and directed by Peter Mitchell, the show is a sequel to That’s All Folk, which sold out in Pietermaritzburg for three seasons last year. It features guitarists Daniel Rossouw and Ryan Calder alongside singers Erin Fourie, Katherine McClelland, Sandra Styles and Tammy Calder.

Expect to hear songs associated with Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Donovan, Carole King, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, The Beatles and even Elvis Presley.

It will be a picnic evening – so take along some food. Note, however, that beverages have to be bought at the theatre’s pub.

Tickets cost R100 each. Book at hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nerds

More fun musical entertainment is to be found this weekend at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, in a show featuring music by Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Alicia Keys and Carole King, among others.

The show is Rock ’n’ Roll Nerds: The Piano Greats, and it runs at 8pm on Friday and Saturday this week, July 13 and 14, and at 2pm on Sunday, July 15.
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Treat yourself to a line-up of Durban’s finest “nerds”, including Kirsty van der Linde on saxophone, Andy Turrell on bass, Dylan van der Linde on drums, David Knott on lead guitar and Evan Cullum on piano and musical direction. Vocalists are Nicky Knott and Ofentse Mokhuane.

Tables seat six and tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

Joe Nina.

Still in Durban, note that Joe Nina, a performer whose music is said to appeal to the heart, enrapture the soul and speak loudly to his African heritage, entertains at Durban’s Jazzy Rainbow at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14.

The venue is at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, formerly Goble Road, and admission is R150 a head. To book phone 031 303 8398 or email jazzyrainbow@mweb.co.za

These performances form part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

Nina, whose latest album Time II Time saw him back on the stage at the SAMA24 award ceremony, bringing the crowd to their feet, has had a 28-year musical career, with 27 albums to date.

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He has produced and written songs for Stompie Mavi, Ringo Madlingozi and the African Jazz Pioneers, and has worked alongside Victor Ntoni, Ray Phiri, Sbongile Khumalo, Tsepo Tshola, Patricia Majalisa, Sharon D and countless other talented musicians.

Development of talent

Remaining true to his commitment to the development of local musical talent, Nina will perform alongside some of the most talented students from the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

Meanwhile, if you are a fan of Irish sing-alongs, novelty ditties and fun party music from various decades, you’d do well to check out one of Durban’s most popular and seasoned bands, The Blarney Brothers, this weekend.

The hit trio – siblings Damien and Paul McIlroy, and Tony Fisher – sing and perform various instruments and have a strong following.

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Catch them at Durban’s newly renovated Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, off Bartle Road, at 8pm this Friday and Saturday (July 13 and 14) and 2pm on Sunday (July 15).

Now celebrating its 44th anniversary, the trio specialises in Irish ballads, catchy pub songs, popular current hits and the occasional Irish jig.

The Blarney Brothers perform at Durban’s Umbilo Rhumbelow Theatre this weekend.

Since the early 1990s, the group has undertaken numerous international tours. Besides appearing in the UK, the band has visited the Far East frequently, appearing in Singapore, Shanghai, Macau, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Australia.

Tickets for their show cost R150 (R130 for pensioners). Book at Computicket or call Roland at 082 499 8646.

Movie scene

On the movie scene, new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell in a thriller about a father who goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper. The writer-director is Rawson Marshall Thurber.

Also note that on Wednesday, July 18, the sequel to the very popular 2008 Mamma Mia movie musical opens in cinemas countrywide

In Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, viewers will get to discover the younger Donna (Meryl Streep, and also played as a younger woman by Lily James), experiencing the fun she had with the three possible dads of Sophie (Amanda Seyfriend). Sophie is now pregnant and, like Donna, she’ll be a young mother.

The film also features a guest appearance by Cher as the mother of Donna.

TRIVIA: DO YOU KNOW?
What 1963 movie teamed a young Hayley Mills with Dorothy Maguire and singer-actor Burl Ives?
(Answer next Friday).

Last week’s question was: What movie, a British black comedy directed by Danny Boyle, spawned a sequel 21 years after its 1996 release?
(Answer: Trainspotting).