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DURBAN ARTS LUNCH-HOURS (article first published : 2003-06-9)

Every Wednesday on the Durban City Hall Steps, the Durban Arts Association holds a free programme of lunch-hour concerts starting at 12h45.

JUNE 4: MAIN EVENT: Kholwa Brothers – Isicathamiya. (Curtain Raiser : Amapata – Kwaito). This Isicathamiya group was formed in 1990 by Derrick Mlambo, and consists of nine members namely Derrick Mlambo (founder/leader); Robert Mbambo, Mike Mbambo, Mboniseni Ndlovu, Vincent Mbambo, Vusi Madlala, Frances Mlambo, Thembelani Mpongo and Alfred Mbambo. They are based in Durban and they have been developing their routine at shows, formal, cultural and informal gatherings and they have also been scooping competition prizes along the way. The Kholwa Brothers are available to sing at any function. The word Kholwa is the Zulu word meaning a believer. a big highlight of the group is that they participated in the Sonke Festival at Kings Park (ABSA) Stadium, where Nelson Mandela addressed the people of KwaZulu Natal for the first time after his release from prison. They also went on to become National Champions at the National Isicathamiya Festival which took place at the Playhouse and have appeared on T.V. and at the Splashy Fen Festival. They sang at the Royal Palace in Nongoma – Enyokeni during the Reed Ceremony. They have appeared at many venues, and they are too numerous to list.

JUNE 11: MAIN EVENT: Izimbali Zempondo - Masikanda (Curtain Raiser: Mr Spice – Kwaito) Impondo is from the Tabankulu in the Transkei. He started his own group in October 2001, and called them Impondo’s Flowers, but he got strong opposition from the parents of the group who did not agree with their children being in a group. After re-sizing the group he now has three children named Nomalizi Mpungose, Nompilo Madinana and Nontobeka Ndlela. On the drums is Mpondo’s son, Mlondi Shezi. The group resides in Cato Manor and can be contacted on 0824763750.

JUNE 18: MAIN EVENT: Qondizazi – Masikanda (Curtain Raiser: The Boys – R&B) Mr Sibiya formed the group in October 1997. Tragically he was involved in a shooting incident, which left him disabled and now able to walk. After recovering sufficiently, he formed another group and with the help of the Lord and his friend, Mr Zungu he managed to get a room to rehearse in at the City Hall and later on was rewarded with a recording company offering to record the group.

JUNE 25: MAIN EVENT: Ukwethaba – Gospel (CURTAIN RAISER: Hamba Nathi – R&B) The group consists of ten members and was founded in March 2002 by Gershom Maphumulo, Bheki Khomo and Celani Mchunu. All the songs are composed by Gersh, who also plays both the bass and rhythm keyboards simultaneously. As this is a new group, they have not achieved status yet, but are looking forward to a successful future and hope to be able to have their music recorded.

More details from Patrick “Big Boy” Zungu on 031 312 1236.




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