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RAINBOW NEWS (article first published : 2005-06-6)

“Things are still very quiet on the paid entrance gig front at the Rainbow Restaurant and Jazz Club,” says co-owner Neil Comfort. “With no sponsors out there, it is a slow process of finding groups that will be attractive enough to our regulars that they will pay an entrance fee that will cover production costs.”

However, there is an exciting event coming up with a one year tribute concert to the late acclaimed KZN guitarist, Sipho Gumede, planned for the end of July.

“Due to a recent radical change in the policing of the Pinetown taxi and bus rank, in which we are situated, we have decided to try out a few alternative scenarios with regards to bringing bands to the Rainbow,” adds Neil. “Whereas before, when driving through the rank, you were guaranteed of traffic jams - now, with the clear out of the illegal street traders and a stronger policing of the taxi's, passage is a breeze (outside of rush hour of course which will always be busy). More parking has also become available.”

Coming up next at the Rainbow is Jazzin' Soul, a quintet from DIT performing an afro-jazz mix that features Mojalefe Matsume on piano, Karabo Maloka on vocals, Siyabonga Duma on alto sax, Mbuso Sokhela on bass guitar and Bheki Khumalo on drums. They will perform on June 24 from 17h30 and entrance is free.

The Rainbow Restaurant & Jazz Club is situated in 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown. More information from Neil on 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044.




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