themba mokoena

Themba Mokoena, Mondi Jazz and African Soul & Stormy Monday

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Knoll Guestfarm and Budget Accommodation

MUSIC IN THE HILLS THIS WEEK 17/05/2017: Themba Mokoena, Mondi Jazz and African Soul & Stormy Monday

Time: 7pm, R25 entry, bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Musicians who want to play at MiTH contact, Doug Borain cell 072 340 7034 or Charles Webster cell 082 331 7271 (Bill Pocket is away on leave).

7pm – Open Mic

7.30pm – Themba Mokoena

Themba Mokoena is one of the country’s finest guitarists. Taught to play by an elder brother, he started performing professionally in the sixties with marabi and jazz bands, later joining the Durban Expressions, a jazz combo that toured extensively and relocated to Johannesburg in 1972. On his arrival in the city of gold, Mokoena’s guitar playing skills caught the attention of the father of township theatre, Gibson Kente, performing in most of his plays and at Soweto’s famous cabaret club. With the demise of township soul and jazz in the late seventies, Mokoena performed mainly as a session artist. In recent times he has toured and performed with Sibongile Khumalo in overseas gigs in countries such as Israel and Switzerland. He is revered by young musicians as a great guitarist and has mentored a younger generation of jazz artists such as Jimmy Dludlu and Selaelo Selota. The Band includes: Guitar: Bra Themba Mokoena; Bass: Nkonzi Cele; Drummer: Sbahle Mthembu; Keyboards: Siya Ngema; Vocals: Thandeka Mthembu.

8.15pm – Mondi Jazz and African Soul

Mondi Jazz and African Soul

9pm – Stormy Monday KZN

With band members Sylvia Tempest, Richard Tempest, Hylton Blignaut and Adrian Haycock, this band hails from Monteseel and Hillcrest KZN, and pride themselves on the fact that they use real instruments, real voices, no MIDI, no auto-tune and an honest-to-goodness real drum kit (yes kids, you can still see them on Wikipedia). We look forward to welcoming another new band onto the MiTH stage!

ABOUT MiTH: MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. An opportunity for musicians to share the joy of their music with a friendly audience which includes fellow musicians – who have all “been there” too. (Non-musicians welcome too!) Whether you’re a newbie looking for your first opportunity to perform publicly, or a more experienced / mature musician simply looking for people who are as passionate about music as you are – come along and join us!

DIRECTIONS TO MiTH: Take the N3 to Hilton, take the Hilton turnoff and go South into the Village (away from Hilton College). Travel 5,2km along Hilton Avenue (past two sets of traffic lights and Old Main Brewery) and keep going straight as Hilton Avenue turns into Dennis Shepstone Drive. At the 5,2km mark, Knoll Drive will be on your right – the entrance to MiTH is the *second* entrance on your left into The Knoll Historic Guest Farm. (Dennis Shepstone Drive is currently under heavy construction – so please be very cautious.)

Posted by: Charles Webster