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SAKHILE AT BAT (article first published : 2004-04-6)

A spectacular gig is here in Durban at the Bat Centre to celebrate the reunion of Sakhile, a powerful band which sustained the souls of South Africans when democracy was still a dream.

Two nights of the best soul food right here in Durban on April 16 and 17 at 20h00. This South African icon which attained huge critical acclaim, success and profile in the 80's with their impressive Afro-centric rerpertoire and stage act have reunited at last with most of the original members, have lost none of their original intergrity and consciouness.

The band comprises local musos who have managed to be a story of success even though they did not abandon their province in search of greener pastures, Khaya Mahlangu, Mabi Thobejane and Menyatso Mathole.

The title of their album, Togetherness, says it all in terms of the group's commitment to the cencept of reuniting, as well as to the nation's new identity.

Meaning "We have built”, Sakhile's music is a fusion of distinctly traditional African elements with electric flavours and defied categorization to the present age. From community halls, Sakhile travelled far afield in their heydays as a band to Europe, Scandinavia and the then USSR, releasing several albums along the way. In 1990, they were the core musical group for many South African groups performing at the Wembley Stadium at the Nelson Mandela tribute. In 1992, they featured at the Montreaux Jazz Festival as part of a Quincy Jones showcase.

During the new political and social dispensation, the band dissolved to allow the indvidual musicians room to explore their own ideas as solo artists and collaborators with other groups. Their new album still maintains the distinctive sound of Sakhile, with influences of traditional, rural and urban music. Maturity and experiences gained by the artists add a mellowed, well-brewed and vibey sound.

The BAT Centre's Reunion Gig will be their first gig in KZN since they have got back together again.

On April 16, Sakhile will be joined on stage by local afro-jazz diva, Xolisa Nkosi (Tickets R40) and on April 17, they will perform with Louis Mhlanga, a respected Zimbabwean jazz guitarist now based in South Africa (Tickets R60). April 17 will also be Sipho Gumede's birthday and after the gig, there will be a celebratory party.

Tickets available at the BAT Centre's reception. Further from Faith ka-Manzi on 082 479 2124 or 031 332 0451.




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