Coming up at MiTH this week...
9pm - Tantu Nada is an acoustic world/fusion duo comprised of Dave Starke (guitar and vocals) and Nish Pillay (tabla and percussion). They create a unique East-meets-West eclectic sound.
Drawing on various genres including Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rock and Pop and blending them with the rhythms of the Indian subcontinent, they create a stylish musical pairing that manages to feel familiar and yet still fresh and exciting.
Dave is an accomplished entertainer with over 20 years’ experience in the music industry. He has performed at The National Arts Festival , The Hilton Arts Festival and White Mountain Music Festival. In 2017, he was a contestant in the first season of The Voice South Africa.
Nish studied percussion in both South Africa and India and has performed with many of South Africa’s finest musicians both live and in the studio. He was a contestant on the 2017 season of SA’s got talent and his festival appearances include Splashy Fen, White Mountain Music Festival, The National Arts Festival and The Michaelhouse Festival of Music.
Their partnership dates back to 2017 when they first started performing together across KwaZulu-Natal, and since then their repertoire has grown and developed to include music from a wide range of eras and genres.
8pm - Fishwives
The Fishwives were born out of late-night, side-street jam sessions during the National Arts Festival, 2013. Consisting of Celery Burger, Lizzie-Lou Gaisford and Strato Copteros, they have performed on festival stages across the country and been noted for bringing a highly unique flavour to the current South African scene. Songs flow seamlessly from a low tide of alternative folk to a high of progressive rock, with iconic vocal harmony, intricate instrumentation and narrative lyrics all present across this shore. Subject matter is both wickedly dark and wittily light; rabbit-holes of homegrown nostalgia, local superstition, soured suburban bliss and revenge in all its satisfaction. They have recently released their debut album, 'ALGAE', which has thus far been described as echoing an entire 70's record collection without trying to reproduce what was.
7pm - The The Freewheelers
The Freewheelers is a 5-piece band from Zululand with an eclectic sound. Join them on a musical journey that will whisk you to outer space before drawing you back to the heart of the African savannah. Take a trip with them to the heel-tapping, hat-tipping land of folk, before gliding your way through the smoke-filled halls of blues. Crossing the Tugela for the first time as a band, they come armed with a pelaton of instruments, covering big standards, a few edgy mash-ups and even a sample of their home-grown tunes. So, let go of the handlebars and freewheel along the road with this diverse group of musical legends.
Johan Gerber - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Dave Squires - bass guitar, vocals
Barbara Owen - violin
Vicky Erasmus - keyboard, cello, accordion, backing vocals
Craig Wilkinson - Saxophone