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Nibs van der Spuy(POR)

Guitars for Africa concert in aid of the historical Rainbow Restaurant and Jazz Club

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (UKZN) and iSupport Creative Business are proud to present a guitar concert to raise funds for the Rainbow Restaurant and Jazz Club in Pinetown. The online concert will take place as part of the regular Unlocked Music Sessions on Wednesday 29 July at 6pm, tickets are R80 and available on Webtickets. 

Ever since guitar virtuoso Philip Dr Malombo Tabane opened the Rainbows music programme in May 1983, this venerable bastion of music and politics has built a reputation for showcasing some of the greatest axeman to be produced in southern Africa  some of whom, like transcendental Maskanda maestro Madala Kunene, and the irrepressible Bheki Khoza, will be performing at the fundraiser concert.

Following in the footsteps of giants like Sandile Shange, Louis Mhlanga, Doc Mthalane and, more latterly, Reza Khota, the Guitars for Africa concert will bring together a mixture of wizened older heads and an exciting younger generation to raise money for the Rainbow at a time when, because of the global pandemic, many similar cultural institutions are closing down.

Kunene and Khoza head a veritable who’s who of KwaZulu-Natal guitarship which includes the Centre for Jazzs Sazi Dlamini and Mageshan Naidoo, idiosyncratic guitar wizard Guy Buttery, the dynamic Nick Pitman, Cebo Ngema and Nibs van der Spuy, who is currently based in Portugal.

Multi-instrumentalist Pops Mohamed, vocalists Tu Nokwe and Lu Dlamini also form part of the line-up which includes Mozambiques Milton Chissano, Deon Krishnan from the United Kingdom, Belgiums Mbijana Sibisi and Solomon Willy from Nigeria.

As the global pandemic continues to tighten its grip and leave destroyed lives and livelihoods in its wake, the Rainbows crowd-funding campaign (https://www.backabuddy.co.za/rainbow-restaurant) to ensure the survival of this part of South African history is still short of its target.

The Rainbows place in the history of South African jazz and the struggle against apartheid is extraordinary. A non-racial focal point and haven for activists, trade-unionists, students, journalists and other anti-apartheid types during the repressive 1980s, the Rainbow remains a vibrant multi-cultural live music hotspot that still offers a vision of a New South Africa that sometimes feels like a dream deferred.

The Rainbows relationship with the Centre for Jazz goes back to the 1980s when students from the university, like pianist Melvin Peters and trumpet player Feya Faku,  cut their teeth at the venue, or formed part of the pick-up backing band for some of South African musics grandest names. The Ronnie Madonsela scholarship fund which is administered by the Centre for Jazz, was initiated by Ben Pretorius, the co-founder of the Rainbow and Centres founder, Darius Brubeck.

In the wake of a very successful Piano Passions fundraiser for the Denis Hurley Centre, and the close ties that the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and iSupport have enjoyed with the Rainbow over the years, a subsequent fund-raising concert, featuring 20 guitarists seemed an essential follow up.

Event Listing:

Wednesday, July 29th, 6 pm. 

Tickets: R80 and available from Webtickets. 


Audiences will receive a link and can watch at any convenient time

Crowd Funding: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/rainbow-restaurant

Featured guitarists:

  1. Mageshen Naidoo 
  2. Seb Goldswain
  3. Nick Pitman
  4. Ethan Naidoo
  5. Dane Francis
  6. Michelle Stent
  7. Nibs van der Spuy(POR)
  8. Guy Buttery
  9. Cebo Ngema 
  10. Madala Kunene
  11. Sazi Dlamini
  12. Marius Botha and Lu Dlamini 
  13. Milton Chissano(MOZ)
  14. Dimitri Barry
  15. Mbijana Sibisi(BEL)
  16. Tu Nokwe
  17. Pops Mohamed
  18. Bheki Khoza
  19. Bethuel Tshoane
  20. Deon Krishnan(UK)
  21. Max Mikula
  22. Solomon Willy(NGA)


Jul 29 2020


6:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 29 2020
  • Time: 12:00 pm



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