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KEN E HENSON BENEFITS (article first published : 2007-02-21)

Ken E Henson pioneered a whole performance industry that opened up the possibility for a generation of professional musicians to follow, to earn a living through plying their craft.

So says fellow musician Syd Kitchen of this great musical talent who is regarded as the master of the laid-back guitar and who, over the years, has toured extensively both nationally and internationally in various capacities: a member of the ground breaking group Freedom’s Children, and Abstract Truth, Ken was also the Henson in Finch and Henson for many years.

He has worked as a performer and musical director within the theatre, is a respected studio recording artiste and composer and has been a familiar face behind many great names as a session musician.

“Ken is a musician of great talent and has participated in several of our productions over many years. He is well known as a fine creative and versatile guitarist in a broad spectrum of musical idioms and has time and time again proved himself a reliable virtuoso, playing with sensitivity and flair,” says Des Undberg.

Ken has been suffering for many years with emphysema. In October last year, he developed an acute lung infection which hospitalised him. The resultant trauma has weakened his system and he is unable to perform an entire evening’s session, a severe knock to his earning capacity and income.

Thunder Road Rock Diner, along with friends and fellow musos with whom he has worked over the years and have his interest at heart, have come together to create an unparalleled benefit weekend of music to aid Ken. The venue will play host to a live programme of some of South Africa’s cream of the crop musicians at the end of March in a show that will appeal to every age and musical taste.

The line up is impressive as musos have willingly offered their time for this great musical legend, from young up and coming bands like Cubic Inch, 33, The Ak Massive and Red House, to renowned artists like Dave Marks and Alan Judd, Dan Chiorboli and Roger Lucy, Squeal. Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery, Steve Fataar and Richard Haslop. Adding to the bill are John Stengel, Chris Chapman and Dan Patlansky.

The Ken E Henson Benefit Nights will run from March 29 to 31 at 19h30 every evening. Tickets R70 per head per night booked through Vlado on 072 199 3740. Thunder Road Rock Diner is situated at 136 Florida Road. Booking is essential but there will also be added seating arrangements to maximize audience’s comfort at the venue.




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