A concert for hope

Performing at the Hope Concert, from left, Camilla Rogers, Rene Tshiakanyi (brand ambassador for Lifeline Durban), Chloe Clark and Richard Ellis. Photo by Kelly Beattie of KB Photography
Performing at the Hope Concert, from left, Camilla Rogers, Rene Tshiakanyi (brand ambassador for Lifeline Durban), Chloe Clark and Richard Ellis. Photo by Kelly Beattie of KB Photography

THE ever-affable, gracious and community spirited musician René Tshiakanyi will be hosting a one-off sun-downer Hope Concert at the Alliance Francaise de Durban for one night only, Thursday 29 September starting at 7pm, as a fund raiser for Lifeline Durban.

Tshiakanyi has gathered some of his musician friends for a feel-good, eclectic musical evening soiree. Joining Tshiakanyi on the bill are singers Durban-based singer, pianist and songwriter Chloe Clark; lyrical soprano and actress, Camilla Rogers and jazz singer and administrator Thulile Zama (from Heels Over Head), as well as master percussionist Richard Ellis.

Rene Tshiakanyi is a brand ambassador for Lifeline Durban – a non profit organisation offering a professional and confidential counselling service dealing with emotional crisis, trauma, abuse, violence, rape, HIV/AIDS and depression and suicide.

On the programme for the evening will be René Tshiakanyi performing a short set of original tunes with Richard Ellis on percussion. The featured soloists:  Chloe Clark, Camilla Rogers and Thulile Zama will do some solo pieces of their own materials – and then combine for some duos and quartet vocal pieces including Adele’s ‘To make you feel my love’ and Tshiakanyi’s own ‘A beautiful Friend’.
Shaun Smith the owner of Fusion café at the Alliance has put together a light and affordable menu for the evening – with options for vegetarians; a pudding menu and a cheeseboard, and the coffee machine will be on, and the bar will be open.

Rene Tshiakanyi who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo describes his music and compositions as a mixture of classic pop; RnB; reggae and Zouk (which is a mixture of French and Caribbean music).  Tickets are R100 per person. Contact the Alliance Française on 031- 312 9582 or purchase tickets at the door.  The venue is 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside.

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