International musical history will be made in Durban on 24 July 2016 when perhaps the world’s longest running band, The Dukes Combo, still with its original founding member goes on stage.
The Dukes Combo was founded 58 years ago in 1958 by Dee Sharma and specialises in specialising in ballroom, rock, pop and Latin American music.
Irish band U2, one of rock & roll’s greatest success stories, boasts long endurance with its founding lead singer Bono, since first going on stage 38 years ago in 1978. By then the Dukes Combo had already been in existence for two decades.
Keyboard player and manager of the band Anthony Joseph said the Guinness Book of Records which certifies record-breaking facts and achievements will be approached to confirm Dukes Combo as the world’s oldest band still comprising a founding member.
Sharma is still an active member of the group and fills the dance floor as soon as he picks up his trusted saxophone. However, he has handed over leadership of the band to the stalwart musician, trumpeter and vocalist Gabriel Joseph, who has been with the band since the early 80’s.
Whilst the band had female vocalists many years ago such as Vivienne Kensley and Eve Boswell, it was only recently that a fresh female vocalist, Ashleigh Joseph, a former Top 100 IDOLS entrant, joined the group.
Other current band members include Tyrell Subramoney, an accomplished bassist, vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player and saxophonist; Don John who is one of the finest lead guitarists in the country; and drummer Selwyn Harry.
On 24 July 2016, the Dukes Combo – and founder Dee Sharma – will go on stage at the DLI Hall in Greyville, Durban, for two shows at 2pm and 7pm to recreate all the memories music and dance lovers have shared from the 1950’s to now.
Anthony Joseph said: “For one day only, the Dukes Combo will bring together over 50 years of memories and nostalgia as we walk down memory lane together.
“For the first time ever, the Dukes Combo will partner with acclaimed Raiders’ guitarist Danny Harris and vocalist Clinton Philander.
“Only a privileged 1 000 people will be able to one day recount history in the making as they clap, sing and dance along to the longest playing dance band, most certainly in South Africa and possibly the world.”
Dee Sharma said: “We have changed resident venues many times over the years and we have seen band members come and go.
“However, thanks to our loyal fan base, the group has survived by adapting to the changing environment and presenting contemporary music whilst also preserving traditional dance numbers.”
The Dukes Combo will pay tribute to international and local legends of music, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Shadows, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Barry White, Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra, ABBA, Queen, Gypsy Kings, Lionel Ritchie, Carlos Santana, The Eagles, Eric Clapton and others
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