DESIGNing INDABA for SA music

Vuyolwethu Dubese

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Cape Town’s Zula Sound Bar served its crowd a stew of eclecticness, theatricality and as Rubicon designer Hangwani Nengovhela stated “a deeply enticing and second world on mother earth” performance last night when it hosted the Design Indaba Music Circuit with the likes of Joshua Grierson, Fletcher and Honey B, Tommy Gun, the Nomadic Orchestra […]

Cape Town’s Zula Sound Bar served its crowd a stew of eclecticness, theatricality and as Rubicon designer Hangwani Nengovhela stated “a deeply enticing and second world on mother earth” performance last night when it hosted the Design Indaba Music Circuit with the likes of Joshua Grierson, Fletcher and Honey B, Tommy Gun, the Nomadic Orchestra and Live Magazine’s issue 5 covergirl Zaki Ibrahim (who performed on stage with Mr Sakitumi) .

Long Street was yet in store for another mind blowing performance by Jozi-based band, The Brother Moves On (TBMO), who brand their music as a “time and space exercise” and something music lover Didintle Ntsie says is “something refreshing that is neccessary in the South African music scene – a theatrical musical version of Zapiro”. As the band was setting up,my eyes were drawn to white board under the plaform, with  “WHAT THE F#@x ARE YOU LOOKING AT?” written on it in red lettering . I knew I had to know who the hell these guys were.  And now I do…

“All of us, sometimes write together. Someone brings a song to the group and we trash it and rewrite it” says storyteller, lyricist and band frontman Siyabonga Mthembu when Live caught up with them last night. We just had to find out more about this peculiar, yet refreshing new “happy brown babies” music.

With performance art at the helm of their live theatrics on stage, TBMO’s expressionism on stage cements their mission of removing preconceived notions of what and how performance art should be. This five member band’s movement is incomplete without Nkululeko “Nkuja Burnslow” Mthembu’s design stage props and costuming. Featured on Rolling Stone, Mahala and Mail & Guradian, and having performed at the World Music Festival (just to name a few), these brothers are moving on to bigger and higher ground and guaranteed to give musical and visual orgasms in all they do.