The Brother Moves On

Based: Johannesburg

The Brother Moves On is a musical shapeshifter, a Jozi-based, art and music collective who call themselves “a time and space exercise”.

They bend the rules of performance art, fusing a fierce mix of post-folk rock, funk and psychedelia with theatricality and storytelling. Most of all they rock and from Rolling Stones to Mahala, the Mail & Guardian to people tuning in.

There’s is transition music for a transition generation, experimental and expressive, played in unique spaces from museums and churches to derelict buildings and inner city rooftops.

TBMO want to create a new kind of music: “brown baby music”. It’s not black, it’s not white and it doesn’t play to racial stereotypes. Instead, it affirms the evolution and identify of a new generation of South Africans who are also global citizens.

The current incarnation of The Brother is represented by Siyabonga Mthembu, a lyricist who is more of a story-teller than a classic rock band front man. Two guitarists accompany him, Zelizwe Mthembu & Raytheon Moorvan, whose styles drift seamlessly from traditional jazz to contemporary psychedelic.

The rhythm section champions the team with Simphewe Tshabalala on Drums and Ayanda Zalekile on Bass guitar. All musicians do backup male choral vocals. The alliance that is The Brother Moves On would not be complete without Nkululeko Mthembu who put the outfit together, composes music, designs stage props and costuming, invents much of The Brother thematic and generally keeps the Brother’s moving. (Also cooks really well.)


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