Out & About (Free Entertainment)

Buhlebomlazi   BUHLEBOMLAZI Watch these high energy dancers…they will spring up all over the place!!!

Crawford La Lucia Drumline   CRAWFORD LA LUCIA DRUMLINE The Crawford La Lucia Drumline returns to Hilton to deliver their unique blend of traditional and modern Drumline beats. From buckets to bass drums, this Drumline continues to explore all possibilities, developing a sound and style that is fresh, innovative and entertaining. Consisting of students from both the College and Preparatory Schools, this team of drummers is excited to take you on a rhythmic journey as they deliver a passionate and energetic performance. Combining drumming, dance, robots and everything in between, expect a performance that is both dynamic and energetic; one that will leave you feeling inspired and entertained, and reaching for your drum sticks. DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @11h00 VENUE: CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE

Crawford North Coast Drumline   CRAWFORD NORTH COAST DRUMMERS The Crawford North Coast Drummers are a collaboration of drummers between the College and the Prep School.  Led by KZNPO percussionist, Stephan Pechoux, the drumming creates an exhilaration of beat and rhythm that pulsates through the school grounds on regular occasions.  Each performer receives both individual and group opportunities using  improvisation skills and reading drum score.  The fundament heart of music, beat and rhythm is captured in a performance that is sure to have you tapping your feet and applauding for more. DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @16h15 VENUE : CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE

Crawford Hor d_heurves   CRAWFORD HORS d'OEUVRES  The Crawford Hors d'oeuvres are just a few examples of Crawford Prep North Coasts talented cuisine.  The young musicians are all high achievers and their love of music is evident in their enthusiasm and diligence in maintaining a high standard.  The children have the opportunity to learn an instrument of their choice and many have had the opportunity of performing with the KZNPO.  Enjoy the aroma of flavours as these young musicians, bound for the top, entertain you with some delights. DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @15h15 VENUE : BISTRO

Glenwood Falcon Marching Band   GLENWOOD FALCONS MARCHING BANDThe Falcons Marching band has performed at various noteworthy events in the Durban community. Thy play at all events involving Glenwood Boys’ High and at many Glenwood community events.  Outside their school, they have been marching as a headline participant in the #LOVEDURBAN, Easter march on the Durban beachfront promenade in collaboration with majorettes from neighbouring schools. The marching band was included in the Opening Ceremony of the PSL Nedbank Cup Finals broadcast on live television. The band creates a platform for young boys to explore their music talent as well as being part of a mass participant marching company.   DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @11h15 AND 13H15 VENUE: STARTING IN THE BELL TOWER

Going Going   GOING GOING Watch out for pop up performances by his group of talented youngsters from Eden College!  An enchanting tale of Baby Rhinos' journey of self-discovery. Quirky story- telling, colourful puppets, vibrant song and dance.   Written by Clinton Marius and directed by Jean van Elden.

Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters   HAIRY LEGGED LENTIL EATERS A Maritzburg institution, the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters consists of HUYTON WATTS (vocals, harmonica), BRIAN BEDINGFIELD (guitar, banjo, vocals), CHRIS BESTER (bass), CHRIS PALFRAMAN (drums) and ANGUS BURNS (guitar). Described variously as “the most eclectic folk band this side of the Limpopo” or a “collective multiple personality disorder”, the Hairies are always willing to try something new, including satirical observations of South African life.  They have won over audiences at clubs and festivals with the obvious joy they display towards their music, and their combination of harmony and humour.  Stylistically, the band are adept at folk, country and bluegrass, but if you have not seen them rock, then prepare to be entertained! DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @18h00 VENUE: CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE

John Ellis   JOHN ELLIS MUSIC John Ellis is a singer-songwriter from Durban, South Africa. The former front-man for Tree63, John lectures, writes, records and produces other artists. His third solo album, “Tells”, was released in May 2017.  He will entertain you in the Bistro.  DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @12h00 VENUE: BISTRO

Pillar Box Red1   PILLAR BOX RED Pillar Box Red is a four man band, made up of Brandon Jones, lead vocalist, Bruere Venter, lead guitarist, back up vocalist, James Harrison, also on the saxophone and Nic Forster on the violin. They have performed several times in the Midlands, notably opening for Beatenberg at the 2016 Michaelhouse Music Festival, and for The Kiffness in the 2017 festival. They perform covers of popular modern songs, but like to add their own unique twist. All four are currently music students in matric at Michaelhouse.  Most of all, they are a group of four mates, who enjoy making music together! DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @12h30 VENUE: CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE

Reddam Band   REDDAM HOUSE UMHLANGA COLLEGE BAND  The band was formed three years ago and it was made up of six boys:  three guitarists, a pianist, a drummer and a singer. Today it has ten members, both boys and girls. There are five guitarists, three pianists, a drummer and a bassist. They all sing.  The band has played at the "Press Club Restaurant" as well as forming an integral part of all the school’s cultural activities.  In 2015 the band was part of a school tour to Cape Town where they played at 8 school and public venues. The repertoire includes many pop, rock and classic songs including  Hotel California, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Summer of 69.   DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @14h00 VENUE: CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE

Rowan Stuart   ROWAN STUART MUSICS A musician Rowan Stuart has created an inimitable brand of ‘folk-meets-pop’ music, seamlessly crossing over from acoustic singer-songwriter to radio charting pop artist, while retaining his signature depth of content. Recalling Sting's imaginative storytelling, Death Cab For Cutie's sense of space and beauty, and John Mayer's tight grooves, Rowan uses his notable prowess on the guitar as the foundation for his creativity.  Rowan's career came into full swing in 2014 with the release of his acoustic album 'Hidden Doors'. He has since toured South Africa, and opened for some of the country's biggest acts, including The Parlotones, Prime Circle and Matthew Mole. His single "Silver Balloon", released late in 2016, was play-listed on major radio stations across South Africa, including 5FM, East Coast Radio, Algoa FM, KFM and 947. DATES AND TIMES FRI 15TH @18h00 VENUE: BISTRO

Tendai Kamba   TENDAI KAMBA: GUITARIST AND SINGER Tendai has been playing guitar since he was a young boy.  He was initially self- taught, singing pop, Afro pop, country, ballads and soft rock. He has written some original songs as well.  Through word of mouth there was a growing demand for his performances.  Although teaching is his full time day job, he finds performing opportunities greatly satisfying. Performances include weddings, restaurants, corporate functions, private birthdays and churches.  He has played with bands, collaborated with violinists and other artists, but mostly  plays as a solo artist.  He draws his inspiration from the likes of Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel and Mark Knofler. DATES AND TIMES FRI 15TH @16h00 VENUE : CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE

Bifocals   THE BIFOCALS By now, regular performers at the Hilton Arts Festival over the years, the Bifocals will once again be entertaining festival-goers in the Festival Marquee on Friday 15 September from 6.00pm with their mix of 60’s and 70’s easy listening music early on, and more upbeat hits from those eras later into the evening. A mixed bag of middle-aged, part-time rockers makes up this entertaining group of performers. Band members tend to enjoy themselves on stage as much as their audiences enjoy their music! DATES AND TIMES FRI 15TH @18h00 VENUE : CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE

George Mari   THE GEORGE MARI JAZZ BAND Durban based jazz musician, George Mari, describes himself as a musician, trumpet player, pianist, composer, educator, community music practitioner and father of two delightful daughters! George has enjoyed many local and international collaborations performing original music, selections from the American Jazz Songbook and South African Jazz. He has released three albums, two of which are collections of his own compositions:  Syringa Avenue (2006); My Mecca (2008) and Charade (2010). George works with a wide range of Durban based musicians including Philani Ngidi, Trevor Donjeaney, Ildo Nandja, Melvin Peters, Burton Naidoo, Neil Gonsalves, Sbu Zondi, Sidney Rash and Debbie Mari. He is a part-time lecturer in the Jazz Studies programme at the UKZN School of Arts (Music) and in 2013 George and Debbie Mari started Marigold Music School as an opportunity to share their knowledge and skills as professional musicians and experienced educators with children and adults of all abilities in the greater Durban area. For his return to the Hilton Arts Festival, The George Mari Jazz Band will be performing with Debbie Mari (piano & vocals), Ildo Nandja (bass) and Sbu Zondi (drums). DATES AND TIMES SUN 17TH @12h45 VENUE  : BISTRO

The Jazz Minkeys   THE JAZZ MINKEYS The Jazz Minkeys  is Durban’s own post-modern jazz orchestra, which is to say a big old  eclectic Jazz  band line up that takes a cheeky look back through our collective musical heritage.  Our originally arranged repertoire covers a broad cross section of music from early traditional material through to some modern popular hits: Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Burt Bacharach, Hugh Masekela, Pharrell Williams and some of our own original compositions, to make it a fun and colourful experience for both the audience and ourselves. The Minkeys power house line- up includes a collection of heavy hitters from the Durban Jazz scene, each member a recorded artist, composer, arranger and band leader in their own right: the line- up includes but is not limited to: Neil Gonsalves on piano, Demi Fernandez on guitar, Ildo Nandja on bass, Zoe Masuku and Nosihe Zulu on vocals, Riley Giandhari on drums, Tom Hare on sax and Daniel Sheldon on trumpet. DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @18h00 VENUE : BISTRO

The Kickstands   THE KICKSTANDS Gary Nixon and Rudi Greyvenstein have been friends since school days in Scottburgh. Thanks to their talent for song writing and performance, they have played over a thousand gigs around Southern Africa since 2009. The Kickstands pride themselves on being able to perform at intimate venues as well as major festivals and showcase events. They've had the privilege to perform amongst and support some of South Africa's most popular artists such as Goldfish, Just Jinjer, Goodluck, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Arno Carstens, Matthew Mole, Gangs of Ballet, Desmond & the Tutus and Mango Groove. Without radio support, their live performances have carried a unique, improvised and energetic acoustic sound around Southern Africa gaining fans along the way, all the while fine-tuning their craft. Most of all, enjoying the journey.DATES AND TIMES SUN 17TH @11h30 VENUE  : CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE

Westville Girls and Durban Girls College   WESTVILLE GIRLS’ HIGH & Durban Girls’ College combined MARIMBA BANDS Westville Girls' High School introduced a Marimba band as an extra-curricular activity in 2013. Over the past four years, the number of learners involved has grown to require two full bands, under the guidance of Calvin Human, who graduated from the Berklee College of Music (USA).  As our bands have rarely performed for the public outside of the Westville community, they look forward to sharing their fruits of their dedication to and passion for Marimbas with the Festival audience.  Our Senior Band - the Griffin Girls - are currently preparing for the SAMBA National Championship, which will be held in Pretoria later this year.  We hope you enjoy what our learners have to offer! The Durban Girls’ College Prestige Marimba band is a group of 8 matric girls.  Coached by Calvin Human, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, the girls come together once a week to learn not only to play marimbas, but how to work in a team and develop a strong sense of community and belonging. Last year, the band travelled to Empangeni and participated in the South African Marching Band Association and won gold for their enthusiastic and energetic performance. Their constant high standard of performance has earned the girls a reputation of excellent regard among peers and other schools. DATES AND TIMES SAT 16TH @09h30 VENUE  : CASTLE LITE FESTIVAL MARQUEE