Otherwhere Play and Social Activities

Where to Play 

 Now is the time to try out ‘JOL’ or simply translated ‘to party’ as you uncover Durban’s wealth of music offerings from house, to hip hop, punk, jazz, gospel and a South African specialty, kwaito. Regular performances from the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and local choirs are hosted at the City Hall. But its Durban’s link with traditional Zulu music that produces the city’s unique ‘otherwhere’ sound. Keep your ears open for Isicathimiya (made international by Ladysmith Black Mambazo) and Maskanda (Zulu folk music played with an acoustic guitar). In addition to the live music venues listed below, subscribe to the @UIA2014Durban twitter list: Sounds of Durban for regular updates.

Otherwhere at The Rainbow

The Rainbow Restaurant is presenting two jazz concerts during the UIA2014 Congress as part of the ‘Otherwhere’ project. The Rainbow is a historical landmark hidden away in Pinetown. Established in 1981, the motivations behind the venue were more than just an attempt to develop a business but also as an act of protest to the apartheid laws of the time that did not allow such businesses, catering to black people, to operate in an area zoned for whites. It was a struggle, but on the back of being granted a full liquor license, the venue started to stage concerts in May 1983. So began a process that now sees the rather anomalous situation of having a music venue, with a global footprint, situated in a poorly serviced and developed transport hub that has not changed much since the apartheid days. Thus it remains ‘otherwhere’. It also offers up some of the most raucous and memorable music experiences. Being Woman’s Month in South Africa, the venue has invited two fresh new voices on the jazz vocal scene in the form of Mimi (3 August) and Natalie Rungan (10 August). Photo Credit: Osmosis Liza

Where: Rainbow Restaurant
Dates and times: Rainbow restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown
Open: 3rd & 10th August, 13:00pm both dates
Cost : R60 pp
Photo Credit: Osmosis Liza
Photo Credit: Osmosis Liza


On Tuesday night, 5th August 2014 the Student Steering Committee will be hosting ARCHIBALL! Archiball is a long standing Durban tradition. This year the UIA2014 Congress will see this event being placed on an international stage! Archiball is envisaged as a street party and the main social event for students of the UIA2014 Congress. It aims to draw a crowd of 1500 people of different ages, colours and backgrounds! The venue of Rivertown, John Milne Street is within walking distance of the ICC, allowing patrons to explore the diverse architectural urban landscape that Durban has to offer en route. Live bands and well known Dj’s will showcase the diverse sounds of Durban, to deliver a truly ‘Otherwhere’ and ‘OtherWay’ of partying! Doors open at 6pm!

Where: Rivertown
Dates and times: 5 August, 18h00- 23h00
Cost: R50 pp, free for UIA2014 registered students.

20! Between Hopes and Possibilities

A photo-concert by OZMA (FR), Sazi Dlamini, Jurgen Brauningen, Durban Centre of Photography (SA) invites the audience to follow a photographic journey on screen retracing a route to democracy while a French jazz quartet is performing live a unique music soundtrack, inviting South African sounds on stage. The project describes a visual journey from the historical township of Cato Manor, down the Berea, through the bustling Warwick Triangle down Dr Pixley KaSeme Street to the immigrant neighbourhood of South Beach and ends at the ‘Golden Mile’ promenade on the beach front. Through this historical, sociological and architectural exploration in the city of Durban, the photos show the evolution of South African society in the last 20 years. Mixing memories and contemplation of the new South Africa in 2014. Produced by Alliance Françaises in southern Africa, the French Institute, Tangram Compagnie, Spedidam and KZNSA Gallery.

Where: Rivertown & KZNSA
Dates and times:  Rivertown 5 Aug, 18:00 & KZNSA  8 Aug, 18:00
Cost To be confirmed

Pan African Interactive Drum Festival

Cool Runnings, one of Durban’s most iconic and cosmopolitan bars, is hosting a Pan African Interactive Drum Festival. Local African, Indian and western style drummers as well as drummers from a variety of African countries such as Senegal, Burundi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe will celebrate their respective local traditions in a special percussion performance at Cool Runnings. This also includes gumboot dancers and artisan Zulu and Djembe drum making demonstrations. As during the now famous, interactive drum circles held every Thursday night for the past 15 years, there will also be opportunities for everyone to participate in drumming activities and to enjoy and learn about this ancient cultural activity as it currently takes place in urban and rural centres throughout Africa.

Where: Cool runnings, East Lane
Dates and times: 2 Aug, 20:00

The Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz: Jazz Super Session

Women and their role in jazz will be celebrated at the upcoming Jazz Super Session in Durban which forms part of The Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz campaign. Performing will be the award-winning all female jazz band, Heels Over Head while the concert features only women jazz presenters. Jazz associations and appreciation societies have become an integral feature of South Africa’s jazz culture and heritage and are found around the country. The event takes place on Women’s Day, and performing will be the SAMA nominated Heels over Head. Stylistic influences include maskandi, mbaqange, gospel, classical, funk, house and reggae, all of which are wrapped within their signature sound of easy breezy jazz-pop with an Afro feel.

Where: Bat Centre, Victoria Embankment
Dates and times: 9 August, 14:00
Cost: Free with R150 cost for two-course meal

MIMI in concert

Mimi is simply an embodiment of a “prodigy” in the jazz scene following incredibles like Miriam Makeba, Caiphus Semenya and Hugh Masekela. Such prodigious talent sets an incontestable standard to South African music. The award winning jazz vocalist brings you warm tunes, beautiful melodies and remarkable vocal talent. While in KZN, Mimi will perform with Mdu Mtshali on keys, Ildo Nandja on Bass, Paki Peloeole on drums and Leon Scharnick on saxophone.

Where: KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road
Dates and times: 1 August, 18:00
Cost: R60 per person
Bookings: 031 201 9969


Jim Gorissen performs with Durban band

In Durban the Dutch guitarist brings you jazz with Latin and Flamenco inlfuences. He will have a strong Durban band behind him with highly respected musicians that are well-known to Durban music lovers. On vocals the band will be joined by Durban diva Thulile Zama from Heels over Head and powerful voice, Shomon. His focus is on Latin American Music and is always on a search for the jazz element in this style. Brazilian music with its rhythmic drive and swing also gets his attention. The syncopated rhythm patterns of the Samba , the Bossa Nova and the modern Partido alto appeals to him. "Rhythm" as a driving force in the World Music as a whole keeps fascinating him.

Where: Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana. Morningside
Date and time: 2 August, 19:00
Cost: R60

Otherwhere Eating Experiences in Durban 

A number of ‘otherwhere’ eating experiences form part of the UIA2014 Fringe Programme.

Zak and Tonic

Zak and Tonic are two foodie friends who are passionate about local and sustainable deliciousness! They will be hosting a "pop-up" cafe on the Roof Garden at the Urban Management Zone building - right across the road from the ICC on Monty Naicker Street! They will be cooking up daily gourmet specials from breakfasts to lunch and yummy sweets and snacks all day that aim to showcase the flavours of Durban and South Africa! Pop-in to the pop-up cafe anytime to enjoy a hot or cold drink, a delicious meal and to appreciate this incredible urban food farm!

Where: 77 Monty Naicker Street, Urban Management Zone Roof Garden
Dates and times: 8am- 6pm daily
Cost: Free entry, food on sale
Open to: Public

Long table local meals

Taste and enjoy some of the best artisan, traditional and organic food produce the province of KwaZulu-Natal has to offer. Cool Runnings, one of Durban’s small but most iconic bars, is hosting a unique eating experience in a funky, back-alley, long table restaurant where you can enjoy the great inner city outdoors and a showcase of local and African musicians and DJ’s. At the same time you can sample cheeses made from hand milked traditional Nguni cattle; organic butter; artisan breads and homemade preserves; organic salads; artisan meats; lamb products from the world’s only herd of Nguni sheep; artisan pork from landrace Kolbroek pigs; organic yoghurts and ice-creams; home-made organic soups; local kraft beers and a traditional shisa-nyama (barbeque).

Where: Cool runnings, East Lane
Dates and times: 1-10 Aug, 11:30-23:00