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DURBAN ARTS LUNCH HOUR CONCERTS (article first published : 2001-06-10)

Every Wednesday, Durban Arts Association presents free lunch-hour concerts on the City Hall Steps from 13h00 to 14h00.

June 6: Creatures of God (Gospel Music). Qalokuhle Ngcobo and Ntombi yethu Dlamini formed the group in 1987 in eMatikwe in Inanda. There are seven members of the group: lead singer Princess Sithole and keyboard player Qalokuhle Ngcobo are supported by Nkosinathi Masinga, Mduduzi Mthembu, Thandazile Dlamini, Buyisile Gumede, Zanele Shezi and Li Ndlovu. They have performed in their area and won a gospel competition at the University Natal last year.

June 13: Siyeza Afro-Music. (Unfortunately no information on the band was available at the time of going to print)

June 20: Butch Paul is a one man band who plays music from the 60's all the way right up to the 90's. He plays numerous instruments but focuses mainly on the guitar. He was one of the founder members of the band Insects and he has played with various, well-known bands in the country such as The Flames, Savoys and Ebony. Butch plays in the local clubs in Durban and is about to release his debut album.

June 27: Mgenge & the Band (Maskandi). This eight-member group comes from Umlazi and is led by its founder and lead guitarist Mbheki Mgege. Other members of the band are Bheki Khalala (keyboard), Derick Gcaba (bass), Lucky Zuma (drums), Mbhobho Mabaso, Thami Khalala, Joe Ngcobo and Dan Mbambo. The group was founded in 1989 and has played in many cross-cultural exchanges including the 1998 tour to India when the Department of Education the group to represent South Africa in African music. Mgenge also performed in Maskandi Magic in September last year at the Durban City Hall and in the Sakhiseni Maskandi Festival in January this year. The band won awards in the solo and band category in the 1994 Juba Competition. Finances permitting Mgenge will be recording his debut album soon.

For more information on City Hall concerts please contact Patrick Zungu at Durban Arts Association on (031) 312-1236.




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