Imperial Tiger Orchestra performance

2010-10-06 00:00

THE Imperial Tiger Orchestra will be performing at the Poetry Africa finale in Durban on October 9.

While preserving the natural beauty of Ethiopian melodies and sound, this six-piece Geneva-based orchestra is not averse to improvising and experimenting.

Band members — leader Raphaël Anker (trumpet), John Menoud (baritone saxophone), Alexandre Rodrigues (keys), Cyril Moulas (bass guitar and phin), Julien Israelian (drums) and Luc Détraz (percussion) — explore uncharted territories with their powerful instrumentation of horn, percussion and keyboards, adding distortion and noise to the revamped and reworked original vocal songs with the sax or keyboard replacing the singer.

A special feature of their southern African tour is the inclusion of Ethiopian musician Endres Hassen, who plays the masenqo, a traditional single-stringed violin.

Tickets for the concert at the Bat Centre in Durban are R50 at the door.

Saturday’s Poetry Africa events will also include the Durban SlamJam at the Bat Centre from 3.45 pm to 5 pm and performances of all the festival poets from 7.30 pm.

• Tonight’s line-up at Poetry Africa, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at UKZN Durban, gets under way at 7.30 pm. The session will be hosted by Durban poet Busiswa Gqulu, and features performances by Siyabonga Mbhele, Ronelda Kamfer, Kobus Moolman, Italy’s Claudio Pozzani, Gabeba Baderoon and Pitika Ntuli.

Moolman will also be launching his new anthology of poetry, Light And After, at 6.45 pm .

Tomorrow night from 7.30 pm Lauren Rosenberg hosts the session, which features Bandile Mkhize, Busiswa Gqulu, Souleymane Diamanka from Senegal/France, Mama C from Tanzania, Frank Chipasula from Malawi and legendary poet, author and storyteller, Gcina Mhlope.

For more information on the festival phone the Centre for Creative Arts at 031 260 2506 or visit — Arts Editor

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