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DURBAN ARTS MUSIC (article first published : 2001-03-3)

Durban City Hall lunch hour programme, presented by Durban Arts Association, takes place every Wednesday between 13h00 and 14h00. The concerts are free of charge.

Mar 7: Zakhele. Zakhele was formed and founded in 1998. Wake Mahlobo (former founder member of Stax) is the leader and founder of Zakhele. The group plays township jazz, Afro-jazz as well as light traditional genres and consists of five members.

March 14: Hiroven. Hiroven is a Mbaqanga group which started as a family band in 1981 founded and led by Nhlanhla Mokhoba who subsequently handed over to his brother, Rogers Makhoba. The group has performed on stage in big concerts, Ijuba Music Festival in 1988 and also with big mbaqanga names such as Abaxolisi and Odali. The group has six members.

Mar 20: (taking place on Tuesday as Wednesday is a public holiday. U-Turn. This group was formed in 1993 in Ntuzuma with four members who started playing in school concerts whilst they were still at school. They were inspired by their music teacher in Dumehlezi High School. U-Turn participated in the Shell Road to Fame in 1997 and took first prize in the pop category, as they initially played pop music but thereafter changed to gospel which is when they decided to change their name to U-Turn. The group has also performed with other international stars such as Pebo Bryson at the Durban Concert, Malcom Largade from America and Alex (from Mark Alex). Their first album with 10 tracks will be released soon.

Mar 28: Amaphisi. Amaphisi is a Maskandi group led by its founder, Sthembiso Mthethwa (composer). The group started playing in 1976 in Cato Ridge. They have recorded 16 albums. This nine member group has appeared on stage with other Maskadi superstars wuch as Phuzekhemisi, Hash'elimhlophe and Soul Brothers. They have performed in many festivals and cultural exchange programmes including Awesome Africa Music Festival and the Madadeni Music Festival in Newcastle.

More details from Patrick Zungu at DAA on (031) 312-1236.




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