Raking-of-muck night

2013-06-10 12:00

Friday nights are weird when Saturday is a work day. Friday night is normally raking-of-muck night. Or harassment-of-civil-servants or hassling-of-political-office-bearers night. That’s the fun part.

The bummer is the sobriety part. Or even worse, the one or two beers part. Sobriety is way better than part intoxication. The latter is dangerous. It’s like giving the internal canine a bone and then cruelly snatching it away. The kinda behaviour that gets one’s hand bitten. At the very least.

This Friday will be one of those caution-thrown-to-the-wind Fridays. A damn-the-torpedoes deadline day. Madala Kunene, one of the coolest cats in the city of Durban, is performing Friday night. At the KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road in Glenwood.

Bafo is a serious dude. He’s a legend in a city that’s known for its generations of guitarists. Bafo’s sounds are uniquely his. Uniquely Durban. He’s this uncompromising musical genius. Does his thing his way. As a result he’s always on the hunt for opportunities to perform.

Bafo’s just got back from Los Angeles. Bafo was in LA for a tribute to another legend, his brother, the late Masizi Kunene. Bafo brought the house down with a solo performance. The man’s like that.

On Friday, Bafo will be performing with another old-school Durbanite, M’du Magwaza, the former flute and penny whistle man for Mango Groove. The two of them work together pretty often these days.

Bafo’s gig is part of the KZNSA’s Play Date programme hosted at the Arts Cafe. It’s one of several new things going on at KZNSA since Peter McKenzie and company got involved.

It costs R60 and starts at 6pm. There’s a big-screen-movies operation for kids outside. And food. And a bar. Which makes it the perfect warm-up for a depraved Friday night. The Ghenginator may be in town. A miserable Saturday lies ahead.

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