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DURBAN BLACK DRIFTERS OFF TO USA AGAIN (article first published : 2007-09-8)

Durbanís famous isicathamiya outfit, Durban Black Drifters, will be jetting off to the US for their second tour this year. The group is booked for 42 shows in Chicago, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio and California.

Earlier this year, Durban Black Drifters had a very successful tour which took in New York, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Harlem, to name a few of the stops. They appeared on major television stations such as Bronxnet and Queensnet and also released an album called Hurricane Katrina which is getting major airplay in big radio stations such as WBLI and WBLA.

Their song, Hurricane Katrina, also earned them a role in the hip hop Broadway musical, Katrina A Lotta Water produced by veteran US producer Emitt Thrower and featuring mega rap star Shakka. This show aims to alleviate social problems and raise funds for New Orleans communities who were hard hit by the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. In the meantime, Chris Ntuli, DBDís group leader, will head for New Orleans to finish a video shoot for the Katrina song.

DBD is set to release a new album under Universal Music in a licensed deal which will see their music being distributed and marketed all over the world. The group runs successful isicathamiya music workshops at schools and their award-winning isicathamiya high schools choir competition sponsored by Caltex Oil is in its 8th year.

Chris Ntuli has worked and performed with the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo and recorded two albums as far back as 1995. Other top musicians he has worked with are Madala Kunene and Airto Moreira (Brazil) as well as the late bassist Sipho Gumede and the late world singer, Jabu Khanyile who also produced their previous album called Ivangeli.

Born in Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Chris Ntuli has come a long and hard road with his Durban Black Drifters. When he first came to Durban in the early 70ís, he spent his first few years in the streets of the Point, eking out a living from shipping contractors at R2 a day. He managed to feed himself and his family back in Nkandla, educate himself further and obtain a national diploma in marketing and a diploma in journalism. He is on the verge of obtaining his MBA.

Having worked for various publications, Chris Ntuli is a rare and unique kind of musician who possesses vast experience in marketing and dealing with the media. Before engaging in music fulltime, he was last employed by the national daily Sowetan as a promotions manager in their Durban office.

Contact Chris Ntuli for more information on 073 301 6740




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