Creating a conscious shift through music

2020-01-22 06:00
Cape Town’s Jack Mantis Band will join Pieter­maritzburg’s own Nishalin Pillay on stage this February.PHOTO: supplied

Cape Town’s Jack Mantis Band will join Pieter­maritzburg’s own Nishalin Pillay on stage this February.PHOTO: supplied

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CAPE Town-based Jack Mantis Band (JMB) is set to rock Pietermaritzburg as they prepare to perform at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus’ Hexagon Theatre on February 1.

The show, which will kick off at 7 pm, will be hosted by PMB’s very own percussionist Nishalin Pillay, who specialises in the Tabla and Cajon.

Pillay has been playing the Tabla for over 10 years, having discovered early on how versatile the instrument is.

Band member Jack Mantis has typically shied away from mainstream media as he believes listeners should approach the band’s sound without influence.

“What we discovered was that music is a bond that builds bridges across unknown expanses. JMB has become a living, breathing, evolving aspect of our musical union. If we can facilitate a small shift from within our fans, and always be a positive influence to our listeners, then we have the greatest job we could ever have wished for,” said Mantis.

Pillay said that, with a history steeped in music and a lifetime spent gaining insight and wisdom, Mantis brings something truly generous to his performances.

“The brotherhood between band members and the sincere heart expressed through their music is tangible. It is undeniable that their vision is to create a conscious shift through their music and to hold a space for meaningful shared experiences,” said Pillay.

For the performance, Mantis will be on vocals and guitar, Pillay on the Tabla, Jon Case will be on the drums, and Richard Case on the pedal steel.

Pillay acknowledged the support the city has given him over the years and urged everyone to continue supporting his craft.

“We will be performing all original songs, no covers. The show will be nothing short of spiritual,” said Pillay.

Tickets cost R120 per person. E-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za for bookings.

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