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RAINBOW NEWS (article first published : 2002-02-23)

Pinetown’s famed Rainbow Restaurant and Jazz Club starts off its 2002 jazz season on March 3 with Four Wise Men.

Presented by the Rainbow Jazz Club, in association with the Jazz Brew - Castle Milk Stout, Four Wise Men feature Baba Mokoena (guitar), Barney Bophela (keyboards), Wake Mahlobo (drums) and Mazwakhe Gumede (bass). The concert is dedicated to the memory of the Gengqele Chiliza, tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident on February 8.

Whilst the name Four Wise Men reflects the identity of the quartet, the track record of the musical directors of this project define their music. Baba Mokoena is justifiably recognised as one of the finest guitarists to come out of Durban and, whilst this might be the first time he gets to shine in his own right, he is recognised for his work in the "engine room" with artists such as Mbongeni Ngema, Madala Kunene and Mabi Thobejane. Barney Bophela has also helped define the sounds of many of Durban's musical luminaries including the likes of Busi Mhlongo, Sipho Gumede and Mbongeni Ngema as well as being a founder member of the hit 80's group Stax.

Since the loss of the group’s drummer, Wake Mahlobo has joined the group. Wake was also with Barney in Stax and is the bandleader of Zakhile. On bass guitar is talented young bassist Mazwakhe Gumede.

“For our 2002 concert series, the Rainbow Jazz Club has committed itself to featuring as many KZN and Durban based musicians as possible,” says Rainbow’s new owner Neil Comfort. “We believe it is time to focus our attention on locally-based musicians so as to ensure their income and wellbeing and avoid the constant problem of musicians "emigrating" to other provinces to find sustainable employment in the music industry. “

Tickets for Four Wise Men R20 at the door or in advance. Doors open at 12h00.

More information from Neil Comfort on 083 463-8044 or e-mail: bandwagon@artslink.co.za




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