Sunday Beats – George Mari Band

George Mari Band to perform at Suncoast’s Sunday Beats!

The musical influences of jazz legends such as Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Robbie Williams and many more will be felt on the Durban Promenade when the George Mari Band step on the Sunday Beats stage at SUNCOAST on Sunday, 21 May from 2pm.

Lead by trumpet player, pianist, composer and educator, George Mari, who has enjoyed much local and international collaboration as a jazz trumpeter, the band will be looking to entertain many a crowd with their original music and fine selection of American and South African Jazz.

“You know, the lovely thing about jazz music today is that it comes in all different sounds and collaborations and recently within Durban it has taken resurgence and is close to coming back into the mainstream. We hope to garner more followers of jazz when we perform at SUNCOAST, so if you love jazz or have never been a fan, come through, we will help you see the joy of jazz” says George Mari.

Currently a part-time lecturer in the Jazz Studies programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), School of Arts (Music), George also has three albums under his belt having released Syringa Avenue (2006); My Mecca (2008) and Charade (2010) with the first two albums being collections of his original compositions.

George has a BMus in Jazz Performance and an MMus in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has vast teaching experience which includes working in various high schools as a Jazz band Director, community Music projects such UKUSA – the longest-running music project in KwaZulu-Natal, where he taught Music Theory and Trumpet at various levels and currently at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he teaches Jazz trumpet and Ensemble. In 2014 George was commissioned to write a composition for the VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University)/UKZN Exchange which was performed both in the USA and SA this year.

“George Mari is a solid veteran within the jazz community and really is an act not to be missed, so make sure to come down to SUNCOAST and catch this very special free performance” says SUNCOAST Marketing Manager, Louise Howell.


Influenced by the Art Deco style of Miami South Beach, SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is Durban’s most loved entertainment destination. It boasts an unparalleled atmosphere from its location on Durban’s stretch of palm-lined beaches known as the Golden Mile and is within walking distance of the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.

SUNCOAST is an integral part of the Durban entertainment scene and is currently undergoing an expansive refurbishment that will see the expansion of the gaming floor with 1,850 slot machines, 71 gaming tables, opening of a number of new restaurants, The Barnyard Theatre as well as the launch of The Suncoast Globe, a multi-purpose eventing venue.  The jewel in the Suncoast crown is the new Salon Privé situated on the upper level with 180-degree sea views with its opulent Art Deco design creating a world-class gaming experience.

With a choice of everything from the finest cuisine, to fast food and laid back coffee spots, Suncoast offers Durban dining for every taste. Catch all the latest blockbuster movies on the big screen at Suncoast Cinecentre with eight movie theatres to choose from and the largest 3D screen in KZN, the Supernova. There is more great family entertainment on offer at The Magic Company where the kids and young at heart can enjoy hours of fun with modern and classic arcade games.

Attached to the SUNCOAST complex is the luxurious Suncoast Towers and SunSquare Suncoast hotels which offer superior accommodation for the discerning leisure and business traveler.  A stay at the hotel would not be complete without a signature treatment at the Balinese-style spa located on the 9th floor. The stylish Jeera Restaurant located in the hotel is also a must for a culinary experience never to be forgotten.

SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is owned by Tsogo Sun Gaming.


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