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DURBAN ARTS LUNCH-HOUR CONCERTS (article first published : 2002-10-7)

Every Wednesday, Durban Arts presents a free lunch-hour concert on the City Hall Steps. These offer a valuable platform to up-and-coming and new artists as well as showcasing the talents of established musicians.

OCTOBER 9: Curtain Raiser: Killer Babes R&B. This young group started singing in 1997 when Toys (now 16) was in Standard 3 and Thabsile (now 15) in Standard 4. Both from Inanda Newtown A, they sang gospel music in school festivals. In 1999 they started writing R&B songs and two years later they wrote to Jam Alley and Ezimtati, who recommended certain recording com-panies but the sheer cost of producing demo tapes and buying instruments was too high for them to progress further. A year later they teamed up with Mzamo (15), the third member of the group. They met DAA concert co-ordinator Patrick “Big Boy” Zungu at the Coca-Cola Popstars auditions, where they assisted with carrying and storing props and he offered his assistance.

Main: Abashokobezi Mas’kanda Khuzwayo. Formed in 1990 by its lead singer and guitarist M Khuzwayo, this maskanda band is made up of bass guitarist M Ncwane with backing vocalists J Zwane, T Shezi, Z Maduna, N Buthelezi, Mr Ngcobo and M Maluleke. They have won many mas’kanda competitions and have performed in various venues, including The Workshop, Vuma Art Centre, Isipingo, Chesterville, Thokoza Hostel and South Beach as well as in the Kwa Nyuswa, Ncolosi, Point, Clermont, Mayville, Underbank and Mandeni Halls.

OCTOBER 16: Curtain Raiser: Phila-Myeni (Poetry) and Main: Jolant – Kwaito & Gungi. No further information at time of publishing.

OCTOBER 23: Curtain Raiser: Ayanda – The Moon (Poetry). This year, Nomakhosi Ayanda Mabija has participated in numerous events either as a performance poet or as a presenter of written work on pressing social issues. She is also involved in story-telling, whilst she continues to be involved in the musical world as a singer. Presently a Resident Artist at the BAT Centre (for creative arts), she is involved in the 2002 September Sound Engineering Course. She is also a member of Izimbongi Zesimanje/Nowadays Poets, the weekly poetry circle at the BAT Centre.

She founded the Moonfrica poetry project which focuses mainly on uplifting the youth and learners through school programmes. These endorse child abuse and AIDS programmes by incorporating cultural exchange methods of dance and music. An up-and-coming young performing artist, Ayanda is inspired by well-known writer and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, viewing her as her mentor in the indigenous story-telling and singing genres. Her chosen career path has been a long-time wish which she hopes will propel her to a more effective platform as a productive community builder.

Main: Amawule. No more information at time of publishing.

OCTOBER 30: Curtain Raiser: Shafters (Kwaito) No more information at time of publishing.

Main: Fortune Xaba – Fusion. A well-known jazz musician, he made his first stage appearance in Mbongeni Ngema’s Magic at Four am. From there he never looked back. He entered the Shell Road to Fame competition and won the Gala Finals Super Bowl in 1995 and has performed in many jazz festivals concerts and at various jazz venues. His first self-titled album sold more than 30,000 copies, followed by Happy Moments in 1995.

More information from Patrick Zungu at Durban Arts on 031 312-1236.




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