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STEVE NEWMAN & JANE GAISFORD (article first published : 2006-02-14)

For anyone living in South Africa, the name Steve Newman conjures up certain adjectives, be they in sound or word. A household name, Newman is essentially associated with the famous six-stringed wooden box. "Legendary" is a title often attached to his name, much like that of Doctor (Dr.) or Professor (Prof).

Outside of South Africa, Steve is much famed for his mind-blasting performances in Japan, France, England, Spain, Mozambique and countless other lands fortunate enough to host this guitar giant. Newman has conquered the guitar in previously inconceivable ways, with his much famed band, Tananas, formed in 1986 as well as through his unique guitar duets with the award-winning Tony Cox or his other world music group, Mondetta, with Wendy Oldfield and Gito Baloi. In recent years, however, KwaZulu-Natal has seen little of Steve Newman as a solo act.

In February and March, KZN will not only get to witness Newman in his rawest, most honest form but will be fortunate enough to see him sharing the bill with renowned singer/songwriter Jane Gaisford.

Much like Steve's, Jane Gaisford's music carries the sounds of her homeland of South Africa and has a strong African feel. She performs all her own music using the acoustic guitar as her vessel to create and explore and has just completed her first release of all original material. Jane is also an highly creative woman who not only studied classical music but is also known for her paintings and ceramic sculptures.

Performances take place in February as follows: February 23 at 21h00 at Snap Wine Bar in Marriott Road (031 309 4160 or e-mail: snapwinebar@yahoo.com); February 24 at S'khumba Crafts, Southbroom at 20h00 (039 316 8212 or e-mail: skhumba@venturenet.co.za); February 25 at SpeakEasy in Scottburgh (082 417 4398 or e-mail: malspeak@yahoo.com), and February 26 at Ballito Cinema, Ballito at 18h30 (032 946 2300 or e-mail: greg@intranews.co.za).

There will be two performances in March: March 1 at Snap Wine Bar in Marriott Road at 21h00 (031 309 4160 or e-mail: snapwinebar@yahoo.com) and March 2 at Vestige in St. Thomas Road, Musgrave (084 510 3107 or e-mail: dformat@telkomsa.net) CD's will be on sale at all venues.




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