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FOUR WISE MEN (article first published : 2007-08-19)

Supported by Martell VO Brandy, the Rainbow Restaurant & Jazz Club in Pinetown will present Four Wise Men in concert on September 2.

“Amongst the many wonderful musicians, whose passing we have borne witness to over the past six years, there were two guitarists whose untimely deaths really left a huge vacuum, not only in the life of the Rainbow but indeed the life of South Africa,” explains co-owner Neil Comfort. “Here I am talking about Sandile Shange and Baba "Babs" Mokoena.

“Four Wise Men performed at the Rainbow for the first time in March 2002. The group had formed to be a vehicle for the live presentation of the wonderful music of Baba Mokoena and at that time featured Barney Bophela on keyboards, Wake Mahlobo on drums and Mazwakhe Gumede on bass guitar. Sadly we lost Baba a year or so later, with very little of his music having been recorded and not long after that Sandile Shange was taken in a tragic accident on one of his signature Vespas that he used to trundle from gig to gig on.

“Earlier this year, when hearing that Bophela and Gumede had revived the Four Wise Men band name and that Dumisani Shange, son of Sandile, featured on guitar, performing Mokoena's lines, I immediately set about working out ways of getting some performances out of them. The first was when they featured on a stage that the Rainbow hosted down at the East Coast Radio House and Garden Show at the end of June. This is the next step. Joining the above three musicians and completing the quartet will be Mzamo Zungu on drums.”

Four Wise Men’s performance on September 2 is supported by Martell VO Brandy. Doors open at 12h00 with the first set commencing just after 13h00. Tickets R30 at the door.

The Rainbow Restaurant is situated at 23 Stanfield Lane in Pinetown. More information on 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044.




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