A diverse offering of music at the Hilton Arts Festival

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From opera to classical and music revue to jazz and Maskandi , there is something for everyone at the Hilton Arts Festival from September 13 to 15.

I Grandi Tenori, pictured from left Timothy Sehau, Ayanda Zwane & Mlindi Pato
I Grandi Tenori, pictured from left Timothy Sehau, Ayanda Zwane & Mlindi Pato

One of the obligations of a festival is to provide as wide a variety of genres of music, performance and art as possible. Festivals should also foster young new talent. The Hilton Arts Festival which runs from 13 to 15 September in the grounds of Hilton College, near Pietermaritzburg, is proud to present a wide selection of music.

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There is classical, music revue and easy listening … but three events are creating a special vibe.

Relatively new on the KZN scene are I Grandi Tenori. Attention all lovers of magnificent tenor voices! This concert (Sunday 15 Sept at 10:30) promises to deliver, with spectacular gusto, these tenors singing some of the world’s best-loved and well-known arias and songs. Be sure not to miss a concert which includes classics like the great Nessum Dorma, but also crowd favourites like Funiculi Funicular, O Sole Mio and Time to Say Goodbye. Durban’s own Kananelo Sehau and Mlindi Pato, under the artistic directorship of Sanele Mkhize will entertain you royally. I Grandi Tenori, whose aim is to explore classical and operatic music, was established in 2011 and last year sang their first international concert in Singapore. This concert is bound to raise the roof and bring on the goosebumps.

Join us in the Stella Marquee beer tent on Sunday 15 September from 11:00 to chill to the Qadasi vibe. David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi musician who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age, growing up in Empangeni, right in the heart of Zululand. There is much excitement in the promise of what lies ahead for the Maskandi artist who is continuing in the footsteps of this powerful genre’s icon, the late great Johnny Clegg.

Saturday 14 September offers you two opportunities in the Crookes Craft Beer Bistro to listen to Philani Ngidi and the Afro Divas, who have been travelling the world since 2010, sharing stages with Hugh Masekela, Phumzekhemisi, Mahotella Queens, Freshly Ground, Rod Steward and Micassa. It is one of the most versatile young groups in Durban, featuring strong lead vocals and fabulous harmonies. They will provide the festival with Afro Jazz, Afro Pop, Afro Soul, Motown, Cabaret, Jazz and current pop.

Bookings are open online – www.hiltonfestival.co.za – where you can also download the full programme and a list of where hard copy programmes are available. You can also book at the Box Office at Hilton College should you not wish to book online. Payments online are either by credit card or EFT – all instructions are on the site which is secure. All queries on 033 383 0126 / theatre@hiltoncollege.com

The Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar in association with Grindrod, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR, Absa, Bidvest Car Rental, FNB, KZN Dept of Art & Culture, BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Stella Artois, Redlands Hotel, Martizburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi.

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