The Peace Train reloaded
Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight
Durban’s Moyo restaurant at Ushaka Marine World on the beachfront is the place to be on Saturday, February 16, for a performance by Sharon Katz and Nonhlanhla Wanda (pictured above), who will perform with a full band.
This concert forms part of the duo’s South African tour which started in Johannesburg on February 9.
The number to call for dinner reservations and other information related to the Durban gig is 031 332 0606.
Musician/humanitarian Sharon is originally from Port Elizabeth, while singer and teacher Nonhlanhla is from Durban. With the current tour, they mark their 25th year of creating music together and touring.
This tour revisits cities that Sharon, Nonhlanhla, and The Peace Train visited just more than 25 years ago in South Africa. Sharon remembers that as a bonding time with everyone living together on the Peace Train, “as an experiment that for the first time in our history we could live and travel together as a multiracial group across the country”.
She adds: “Nonhlanha and I, from opposite sides of the race divide, were able to achieve that as musicians and activists. We had 100 singers and a 12-piece band, plus crew and parents as chaperones, a TV crew and invited Ladysmith Black Mambazo to join us.”
The duo are also the subjects of the multiple-award winning film, When Voices Meet. It documents the role of The Peace Train in creating South Africa’s first, 500-voice multiracial youth choir in KwaZulu-Natal in 1993.
The film also documents The Peace Train’s groundbreaking concert tour across the country in support of the first democratic elections; The Peace Train’s first tour of America after President Nelson Mandela was elected; and the long-term impact of the project as told by the participants 20 years later.
The film, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival, has won awards at 30 film festivals around the world and been broadcast in 50 countries.
John Kani and Abigail Kubeka are also featured in the movie.
A little down the line, but put this interesting gig in the KZN Midlands in your diary now.
Tony Trischka, the man who made the banjo “bigger, jazzier and more worldly”, brings his banjo to the Caversham Mill for one night only on February 28.
Up out of bluegrass and country to roots in Africa, to heights of jazz, his style is banjo unbound. He is also known as a great educator and teacher of the instrument.
Tony will be performing at Caversham Mill with the talented and highly acclaimed KZN Maskandi duo Qadasi and Maqhinga. They will explore the meeting points of Bluegrass and Maskandi and weave together the syncopated rhythms of the banjo with infectious tunes and rhythms of Maskandi Zulu guitar. This will be a musical collaboration unlike any seen in South Africa.
Dinner is available from 6pm. The cost of the show is R140, excluding dinner.
For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org; 033 234 4524.
If you are a fan of the music of The Carpenters, consider a trip to Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof, to see excellent Durban singers Shylo Pereira and Samantha Landers, backed on piano and vocals by Evan Roberts, in their tribute to the hit US brother and sister team who gave us hits such as Close to You, Rainy Days and Mondays, Only Yesterday, Sing and Yesterday Once More.
This elegantly informal and hugely enjoyable show is being staged at 8pm from Wednesdays to Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays, until February 24.Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards) and booking is via Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.
Also an option in Durbs is The Foxy 4, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo.
Vocalists Marion Loudon, Leigh Meyer, Jemma Kate Badenhorst and Camilla Rogers present a variety of pop and dance hits, set to choreography. For my review of the show, which was originally staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Kloof, click here
Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday (February 15 and 16) and 2pm on Sunday (February 17). Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards) and booking is via Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.
Among films new on circuit countrywide this weekend is Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly. It stars Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini.
The movie tells of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. It stands a chance to win Oscars for best picture, lead actor (Mortensen), supporting actor (Ali), original screenplay and editing.
Also new in cinemas is the South African film Liewe Lisa, directed by Hendrik Cronje. It teams Elani Dekker, Hendrik Cronje and Stian Barn.
It tells of a man called Daniel who, when his mistakes are revealed, abandons the life set out for him and meets Tom, a simple fisherman. He then helps Daniel to achieve his true potential in life.
Another new cinema release is Alita: Battle Angel, a sci-fi adventure in which a deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life. She then goes on a quest to find out who she is.
The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez, and stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Connelly.
Do you know? What movie earned the Best Picture Oscar and also the first and only Oscar to date for Gwyneth Paltrow, as best actress? (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: Who had a hit in the late ’60s with Wand’rin’ Star from the movie musical Paint Your Wagon? (Answer: Lee Marvin).