SA Insider: The dish on Durban weekend vibes

Cape Town - Durban is the place to be this weekend with a great variety of fun events. Whether you’re trying to get down to some Gqom in Concert or learn more about the lives of izangoma, Durban has it all this weekend.

Friday, 20 April

SEE: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Live at Durban ICC. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the most popular Bollywood singers in the world, with a string of chart-topping hits and over 100 film songs behind him - he is sure to mesmerise audiences as he returns to South Africa. Tickets are available for R250  at computicket. The show starts at 20:00.

DO: Durban Block Party the Wilderness Edition at Tiger Tiger. Get ready for the block to rock with another Durban Block Party. Expect a wild experience as this is the wilderness-themed edition of the ever popular party. Tickets are available for R80 at computicket.

TASTE: The fish tacos at Four15. They might just set the benchmark for the entire city.  Four15 is a South African Burrito Bar, which serves the community wholesome and fresh Mexican food in a novel, unpretentious setting. The restaurant is located at 41 MacKeurtan Avenue and is open from 11:00 to 09:30.

EXPLORE: Head on down to Phansi Museum and check out The Art of Healing exhibition. The first major exhibition of the year, The Art of Healing is an exhibition that looks at the fascinating - oft-mysterious - lives of the izangoma and their role as healers and conduits to the spiritual world.  The exhibition is open from 08:00 to 16:00 and is free of charge.

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Saturday, 21 April

SEE: Nadeem Khan at Geeth and Ghazal Night.  A professional singer from Lahore in Pakistan, Nadeem Khan has performed to audiences from Lahore to Dubai. Join him in Durban at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino from 20:00. Tickets are available for R120 at computicket.

DO: Get ready to dance all night at Gqom in Concert. Join the biggest names in the sound that is taking over Africa and the world. Featuring a stacked gqom lineup including Dj Lag, Distruction Boyz, Cruel Boyz, Dj Mphyd and many others, the undercover Parking B at Pavillion Shopping Centre is sure to shake. Tickets are available for R200 at computicket. The concert starts at 15:00.  

TASTE: Fast and casual, Afro’s Chicken on South Beach is the perfect place to grab something to munch on that is simple and delicious. The chicken is legendary and for good reason. Get the classic chicken burger with the signature soft bread rolls and perfectly braaied chicken rolls topped with tangy lemon marinade. Afro’s is open from 06:00 to 17:00.

EXPLORE: Head on down to the Shongweni Farmers Market. With an ever-increasing range of diverse products from a substantial variety of organic foods and fresh produce to all the exciting crafts, the Shongweni Farmers Market is a great place to spend your Saturday morning. The market is family-friendly, wheelchair accessible and runs from 06:30 to 11:30. More information can be found here.  

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Sunday, 22 April

SEE: Don’t Tune Me - Ek Se - The Gee Jays at Rhumbelow Theatre. Brace yourself for a trip through pure South African nostalgia and hilarity. The Gee Jays will have you in stitches as they remind you of all the songs you thought you’d forgotten such as Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Let Your Love Flow and Pretty Belinda among others.Tickets are available for R150 and the event is being held at the Rhumbelow Theatre from 14:00. Head here for more information.

DO: Check out That 80’s show at Sibaya Casino.  Synthesizer music, spandex, big hair and power ballads. Ripped jeans, mullets and VH1. Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Madonna, Bananarama and Michael Jackson. The 80’s will long live on in our memories as the decade from whence some of the best - and worst - music and aesthetics emerged.  Be transported back in time and enjoy That 80’s Show at the Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino. Grab your tickets here for R130.

TASTE: For a great vibe with great service and simple, delicious food - look no further than Remos. The super attentive staff will have you feeling comfortable and relaxed as you dig into one, or more, of their delicious menu items. Remos is located at shop 21 Flanders Mall, Mount Edgecombe. Remos is open from 07:30 to 16:00 but it is best you book ahead by calling 031 539 5955. For more information follow this link.

EXPLORE: For a great morning with the family spent at the market, look no further than the Golden Hours Family Market. Held every Sunday in Durban North, the whole family is catered for at this market. Peruse the wares of the various traders selling everything from crafts, ceramics, fresh produce to hand-made soap. Get around the market by hopping on one of the tractors that take you to the different areas. The market is open from 10:00 to 15:30 and is located at Uitsig Road, Durban North.
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