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DURBAN ARTS LUNCH MUSIC (article first published : 2001-06-20)

The lunch hour concert presented by the Durban Arts Association takes place every Wednesday at the City Hall Steps. This hour-long, fun-filled music concert starts at 13h00 and is packed with gospel music and afro/township jazz from local artists.

July 4: No Name Brothers (Afro jazz). This Umlazi band has been together since the late 60’s and the group’s main focus is traditional and township jazz from the crooning style of the 50’s.

The six-member No Name Brothers started as a family group and were later joined by other community members. The group comprises Joseph Majola (lead vocalist), Leonard Majola (vocals), Cain Selepe (guitarist and vocalist), Boniface Bhengu (bass guitar), Boyi Dlamini (drums) and Musa Ndlovu (keyboard).

Their first album was recorded in 1979 and was renowned with its hit single Selina! The group has also been seen in many Durban jazz concerts and clubs including Rivets Bar at Hilton. They have also received awards in Winners – 1820 Settlers/JPS Indian Ocean Jazz Festival Hall of Fame Trophy and Outstanding performance on Heritage Day 2000.

July 11: Peace Makers (gospel music). Nqobile Linda who is the leader of the group founded this music gospel group with Sthembiso Gumede, Mzimasi Qotyana. The group stated with three members at Nqobile’s house in Lamontville, where it used to do voice training and rehearsals. The other seven members joined the group in 1999.

Peacemakers group recorded its first debut album titled “Ikhon’imini enkulu” (“there is a big day”) in February this year and has been seen in many gospel music concerts at the township and around Durban. The group pays its gratitude to Mlungisi Ngcobo for making “things happen” and supporting them even in recording their album!

July 18: ZAKHELE (township jazz). Zakhele was formed and founded in 1998 by Wake Mahlobo (former founder member of Stax) who is also the leader of the band. The group started playing in small concerts at the townships and performs township jazz, Afro-jazz as well as light traditional genres. Zakhele has played with other Jazz stars such as Qunta Mbele, Mandla Masuku and Mercy Phakela and has appeared on stage with other jazz groups in Cape Town.

The five-member group recorded their first 10-track album called Jika Joe with 10 tracks in July 2000 and has won prestigious awards at the Mayor's Awards at the City Hall as the best Jazz Band in town and at the JPS Jazz Competition at the BAT Centre.

Members include Wake Mahlobo (leader, drums and vocals), Bongani Nkwanyana (bass guitar), Sbusiso Vilakazi (lead vocals and percussions), Nono Mkhize (keyboard and vocals), Mdu Mhlongo (keyboard and vocals). They are currently working on their second album which is due to be launched soon.

July 25: Mighty Clouds of Peace (gospel group). Formed in 1999, the group recorded its first album titled wozani (come-on) and have recently released their second self-titled album.

Dumisani Sibisi and Leonard Ntombela are producers of the group which comprises ten vocalists and four band members.

The group has performed in many local events such as the Playhouse launch, the then Napac Township Promotions, Durban Expo Centre and in gospel concerts in local townships and outside KZN.

For more information on this months lunch hour concert and how to participate, please phone Big Boy Zungu on 312 1236.

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