“I wonder, but sometimes… I don’t wanna know.” – Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man, a household name, a legend in his own right… a talented musician who at long last returned to South Africa – where it all began.
The Rodriguez phenomenon was before “my time” but in my teens I was introduced to Sugar Man (the song) by one of my favorite South African musicians Ard Matthews of (then) Just Jinger. This followed years later by the movie which sets out to find out what happened to the American musician Rodriguez (as it was rumored he had passed away). It only grazes the surface of Rodriguez’s life story but I was inspired, his music took me on a journey.
Naturally, when we heard he was touring South Africa in 2016 AND coming to the ICC in Durbz (thank you Big Concerts!!) we knew we just HAD.TO.GO!
If you were looking for a rock star performance and fireworks, this was not the concert for you. With his funky style (even at 73!) and multiple hats, he proved to be quite the entertainer in his own right. He didn’t need to do anything other than be himself and any fan would appreciate that. He cracked a few jokes, gave us advice and he even blessed me when I sneezed during a small intermission (we were lucky enough to get 2nd row seats!)… it was the highlight of my night!
Apart from the longer than expected pauses between songs and the seemingly unrehearsed act, I just can’t fault him on this. I could NEVER do what he does at his age (even now!) and even though he needed some assistance walking along the stage, it really made for quite an emotional welcoming. The crowd got to their feet, cheered and applauded in awe and respect as he greeted everyone from one side to the other! Definitely a concert never to be forgotten!
Opening for Rodriguez was the unassuming Alice Phoebe Lou, with a powerful voice and message behind her songs! She was the perfect accompaniment. We hope to hear and see more of her around Durbz and South Africa when she is not jamming in the streets of Berlin!
Check out more events being brought to SA by visiting the Big Concerts website: www.bigconcerts.co.za
Photos: Julian Carelsen Photography
Review: Goldfish Live in Durban
Durban has a history of attracting rain when big live events happen, and thankfully on Friday night at Botanic Gardens, this did not deter the few thousand people that turned up to see Goldfish in the slightest.
Knowing it was going to be a bigger event they made the smart move of having the concert on the field next to the actual gardens, and thankfully so because of the wet conditions. It is lovely seeing bands perform amongst the trees next to the lake, but when you know you are going to have a huge crowd that Goldfish pull it’s an all round better experience that means everybody who comes gets a great view of the performance.
The rain was always going to be a feature of the event, but thankfully it only rained as Goldfish started and then stayed dry for most of their performance, with most people happily dancing in the rain barely even noticing it. Some of my most memorable concerts I have been to are actually the ones where it has rained, maybe the performers put in a bit extra effort knowing that the people really want to be there and see them, even if it is raining.
And a performance it was. Goldfish never disappoint. They are masters of getting a crowd going, even if it is a cold rainy night in Durban. Despite being at it for many years now they thrive on the crowd interaction and still do such a great job of ensuring everybody who comes to watch them has a great time.
Their second song “We Come Together” really summed up the night, the lyrics really rang true:
Oh, oh, when we come together
No matter the weather
We gonna love each other till the end of time (whoa, oh, oh)
If we all went through life with this attitude we might always have a good time, rain or shine.
Photo Credit: Jono Greenway
Want to get to know the duo better? Check out the short Q&A sesh we did with Goldfish a few years ago.
TOURIST IN OUR OWN CITY: HILTON DURBAN
Durbanite recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Durban. We submersed ourselves in the thought of being a tourist in our own city for the weekend.
The Hilton Durban welcomed ‘the hubster’ and I with warm lighting, open spaces, charming ocean-inspired décor and welcoming smiles! The staff were fantastic and after a quick check-in it was up to the 14th floor we went.
We had arrived at our room – our weekend of rest and relaxation had officially begun!
Things Get Cosier
Let’s be honest, sometimes what you see isn’t always what you get but I can happily confirm that in the case of the Hilton Durban, this certainly is the case and the expected level of luxury and comfort was met. We were booked into the King Executive Suite with Business Lounge Access.
Three things that stood out:
- The linen was lush! Soft and crisp to the touch.
- The USB ports built into each of the bedside tables were awesome! I am hinting to the hubster to get them installed at home – one day, when we’re ‘big’
- The luxurious bath!
The Executive Suite has everything you need for a weekend away. Coffee and tea station for a morning cuppa while you wake-up and soak-up the city or sea views. A comfy lounge with TV which is separate from the main room and en-suite bathroom. This room is only missing the kitchen… but with two fantastic restaurants a stone’s throw away, who needs to cook!
The room was clean, spacious, comfortable and homey with the ocean theme continuing in the gorgeous wall art.
The Business Lounge
With complimentary continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks and fresh fruit available throughout the day – it is a wonder anyone would ever want or need to leave the Hilton Durban!
We popped into the lounge for breakfast and found the intimate buffet setting to be a delight! If you are able to upgrade to Business Lounge access during your stay at the Hilton Durban, you wont be disappointed.
High Tea – The Coral Lounge in the Lobby
Set in the center of the lobby, seated on comfy lounge-style chairs (with coral inspired room dividers) the girls and I were able to relax, enjoy and indulge over some much needed QT.
The chocolate fountain with strawberries for dipping was exciting and went down like a treat!
I find that often the savory is overlooked but not in the case of the Hilton Durban. Each delight was carefully thought out and prepared. The overall balance between sweet and savory was fantastic.
The Hilton Durban offers two exceptional dining experiences, be sure to check out our reviews of Vasco’s Restaurant and the Big Easy!
Planning a trip to Durban and not sure where to stay?
A Durbanite looking for something new to do?
A foodie or wine lover looking to expand your horizons?
Then look no further and hook yourself up with a stay or visit to the Hilton Durban!
If you are looking for things to do during your stay at the Hilton Durban in and around KZN, check out this list of 20 things to do!
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