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  • The Brother Moves On

    Country  South Africa
    Genres roots rock urban fusion
    FestivalSauti za Busara 2015

    The Golden Wake (2010); E.T.A Expected Time of Arrival (2012); A New Myth (2013)

    The Brother Moves On [@ the assembly '13]

    The Brother Moves On
    The Brother Moves On

    The Brother Moves On is an experimental collective from Johannesburg, South Africa, mixing rock, Xhosa funk, jazz, folk, electronic, dance and spoken word for the post-apartheid age. Uncategorisable, they prefer to think of themselves as post-genre. The group was founded in 2010 by multi-disciplinary artist Nkululeko Mthembu. They began as a self-proclaimed art movement mainly of graphic and fine artists and later began incorporating instrumentalists for the live performance environment.


    The name The Brother Moves On is a grammatical misconfiguration of The Brother Mouzone, a fictional character in the American television drama series The Wire. In their emerging stages, the movement interrogated the notion that members were each an impermanent part of the process. Hence the derivation of the name The Brother Moves On. The Brother Moves On [abbreviated as TBMO] is a live performance art ensemble.


    Their music is neither black nor white, but clearly rooted in South Africa, feeding off the country's unique political history – something that becomes apparent when you listen to their social commentary. They are creating, in their own words, "transitional music for a transitional generation", in other words, music for and about where the generation of South Africans born after apartheid find themselves, which is free and hopeful, but also disappointed in and disillusioned with a system hasn't delivered much to support the hopes of this generation, particularly the hopes of its underprivileged members.


    The band is at the centre of the Johannesburg live music scene and was the first band to do the Firefest Festival Route playing festivals in Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana and the Reunion Island. International attention is growing, with TBMO having represented South Africa in Paris (France), London (UK), Stuttgart (Germany) and at the Oslo World Music Festival, alongside Hugh Masekela. Most impressively, the band themselves have done this on their own: self-managed, self-recorded, a true DIY ‘happy brown babies’ approach. In 2014 The Brother Moves On was the first young band to have a song voted in South Africa's Top 100 Songs of all time.

    With thanks to SDC