Music festival dedicated to Syd Kitchen

2011-03-24 10:26

Organisers of the Durban World Music Festival, which is being held on Sunday and April 3, have dedicated the event to veteran Durban musician, Syd Kitchen, who died of cancer on Wednesday.

Kitchen (60), a noted singer, songwriter and guitarist, had a key influence on the Durban music scene for more than 30 years as both a performer and music teacher.

He had been billed to play at the legends section of the festival, along with long-time friend and co-collaborator, Madala Kunene.

Kunene and Kitchen were known for their famous Bafo Bafo collaboration and had cut an album together.

Festival organiser Nirode Bramdaw said participants in the festival, which will be held on Durban’s Golden Mile, decided that Kitchen should be remembered at the event.

Bramdaw said Kitchen’s passing has been taken particularly badly by the music community.

“Kitchen was originally scheduled with Kunene. Kunene will still go on ahead of the Flames, who will be the headline act on Sunday,” he said.

Kunene will be joined by Rob Warren, Aden Hinds and other musicians, who will be performing Kitchen’s songs.

“It is rather apt that we pay tribute to Kitchen at the Legends Concert as he was a living legend himself. He was a much-loved, humble and selfless human being, who helped and taught many local guitarists.

“Even though his music didn’t receive the airplay it deserved, his discs would be found at most homes. He will leave a huge void in the musical community in Durban,” said Bramdaw.

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