It all started as a joke, all those years ago. I laughed really hard. What? I asked, Siya is in a band? I gotta to see this I said. Then a fortunate event happened back when I was a science journalist. I was assigned to the Science Festival in GrahamsTown the famously infamous town where the educational institution called Rhodes University – The Ivy league of journalism in my-popular opinion – stands tall. Siya Mthembu, the face of The brother Moves On, was there reading for his Journalism /Political Science degree and as I heard also starting a band. We had become good friends (like family really) through his cousin who pulled me out of my shell into the wise-crack-jozi chick I had become. In short, he is a brother. So I ended up watching movies, hanging out on cliffs and getting up to no-good-student activities in between barely doing interviews with scientists and school children. It was a great assignment, but I never saw him perform with the band. Or did he?
Anyway years later, one day I saw him in a shiny-gold-spandex-out-fit, running around the streets of Johannesburg as Mr Gold, crazed and shouting something about someone going somewhere. I didn’t know he could be that crazy too! Later I went to their first live-recording of their album, which also served as Mr Gold’s funeral, and that’s when I realized it was not a Joke. He had followed his dream despite everybody’s mis-givings, criticism, encouragements or misgivings, raised eye-brows, despite having and not having money or support, together they made it possible – Siya is in a band and it’s no Joke.
At first I didn’t understand their music, at first it didn’t make sense, at times I wondered if the math adds up. But at the studio-recording I heard a call, from deep calling unto deep, for us to all wake up to the truth of who we are. That rhythmic beat sychronized in perfect harmony with the the duff-duff – duff -duff of my heart. In it I found the courage to dance to my own rhythm in perfect harmony…..
The Brother Moves On will be At it again, GO find your own rhythm if You can on Saturday the 27 of October, DRILL HALL, Johannesburg.
WHO IS THE BROTHER- In their own words:
The Brother moves on is an art and music collective that celebrates the transient nature of music and art in Johannesburg. Based in the East Rand the collective uses a variety of contemporary genres to celebrate their specific traditional sound as homage to music as a social tool of evolution. . This six piece “bands” current subject is urban youth with tribal roots who are relating to the idea of having a calling, whether this be a traditional calling or a contemporary calling as a nation. Musically this translates to a noise band that echo’s ideas of ethnic South African jazz infused with urban rhythms and melodic rock. Fused with performance art and visual material as storytelling this makes for an enthralling take on a contemporary griot tradition. Positive Energy Activates Constant Elevation…P E A C E
YOU ARE INVITED
We’re at it again, last year saw us host one of the wickedest parties on the Drill Hall rooftop with the Fridge. Mme Tseleng and Ms Buttons. This time we are on the square and we’ve invited some friends whom we haven’t shared a stage with(LoveGlori and Travellin’ Blak from Pretoria). Beyond serving as the digital launch of our EP ETA this double header of a gig is a home and away gig meaning you pay once and can attend both shows in Jhb(Drill Hall) and PTA(+27 Cafe Hatfield). Yes you heard right pay R60 aNd you can come to Hatfield on Friday the 26th and then Drill Hall on Saturday the 27th.
Melodies melodies melodies….soul.
yES i am a travellist.
A love for music and labantwana bayathanducash!!
THE BROTHER MOVES ON
Launching their radio singles under the title E.T.A the Brother will have merchandise for you to sample, and ladies yes that means tights will be on sale.
So R60 bucks get you in unless you are a friend of the bands and send an email to one of these four bands. First 20 to email per band get in for R40.
Remember you pay once and you get into both gigs.
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