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DURBAN ARTS CONCERTS (article first published : 2003-11-11)

The Durban Arts Association hosts free lunch-hour concerts on the City Hall Steps every Wednesday from 12h45 to 14h00.

NOVEMBER 5: The curtain raiser wil be masikandi soloist Fana Namasoka, followed by the main attraction, Sound of Africa who sings Afro Gospel music.

NOVEMBER 12: The curtain raiser wiill be the kwaito group The Gang. Main attraction will be the popular maskanda musician Skeleton.

NOVEMBER 19: Maskanda soloist Mthethwa will be the curtain raiser, followed by the gospel group Exalters as the main event. The Exalters is a group of 13 young men from KwaNdengezi township in Durban who came together in October 200 from different musical backgrounds to form this now popular contemporary gospel music group. They have performed at various functions and events where food for the soul is required. They also performed at the Celebrate Durban week in 2002 at the Durban City Hall, at a family concert in Mitchell Park as well as the Playhouse where they shared the stage with legends such as Lundi and Deborah Fraser. The have also taken part in community group events and they have performed at the biggest church in Durban, The Jesus Dome (Durban Christian Centre) during their 2002 Abstinence Campaign concert on June 17, where they shared the stage with some of SA’s top musical icons, such as Ernie Smith and Mthunzi Namba. They have been part of the backing choir for SA’s gospel music maestro Benjamin Dube during the live recording of his latest offering For Every Mountain. They also toured with him to the State Theatre in Pretoria and the Boksburg Civic Centre in Johannesburg.

NOVEMBER 26: Curtain Raiser will be kwaito singer Sinesh with maskandi group Qondizazi in the main slot. Mr Sibiya formed the group in October 1997. Tragically, he was involved in a shooting incident which left him disabled and not able to walk. After recovering sufficiently, he formed another group and 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.

More details regarding Durban Arts lunch-hour concerts from Patrick “Big-Boy” Zungu on 031 312 1236.




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