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Rene Tshiakanyi to take centre stage

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Hope Concert to raise Funds for Life Line Durban

October 24, 2017

Illa Thomspon 

Durban, South Africa: Charismatic French-Congolese singer Rene Tshiakanyi will be live in concert, with friends, at the Alliance Francaise de Durban Courtyard, for one night only on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in a Concert of Hope, as a fund raiser for Life Line Durban for which Rene is an ambassador.

Lifeline Durban is a respected and experienced NGO offering a professional and confidential counselling service dealing with emotional crisis, trauma, abuse, violence, rape, HIV / AIDS and depression / suicide.

Tshiakanyi will be joined on stage by Richard Ellis - Durban based music maker and multi- percussionist specialising in congas, djembes and electronic percussion pads, who is currently teaching hand drums at St. Henry's Marist College.

The full programme features Rene Tshiakanyi, Richard Ellis, the Kickstands and Qadasi and Maqhinga. The event MC is Alice Leah, who’s the Winner of the KZN women Achievers in Business and current member of the KZN women in business.

Tshiakanyi is a familiar presence at elegant dining establishments in and around greater Durban. The Congolese singer who was born in 1981 developed a love for music and an interest in performance and relocated to South Africa in 2008 in pursuit of the dream.

Singing in multiple languages, he describes his music and compositions as a mixture of classic pop; RnB; reggae and Zouk (which is a mixture of French and Caribbean music). His sound is undeniably distinctive.

Many of his songs are thoughtful and reflective – about love, emotion and passion in all its guises. Increasingly though, his new music talks about pertinent global issues: the crisis in the Congo, the plight of refugees; the quest for peace and freedom in Africa and the need to be the voice for the voiceless sufferers of violence.

He is also an active ambassador for orphans and vulnerable children who are victims of the ongoing unrest and violence in Eastern Congo, and closer to home he is an ambassador for Life Line Durban.

Also on the line -up is the Kickstands: Gary Nixon and Rudi Greyvenstein have been friends since school days in Scottburgh. they have played over a thousand gigs around Southern Africa since 2009 – at most of the Music festivals in the country, sharing stages with Bands such as Just Jinjer, Goldfish, Albert Frost, Freshly Ground and more The Kickstands pride themselves on being able to perform at intimate venues as well as major festivals and showcase events.

Maskandi guitarist and concertina player, Qadasi (David Jenkins) with banj player Maqhinga Radebe – who has received numerous awards for his amazing music skills will also perfom.

The pair are an acoustic duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music.

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