In 2016 the Total Refreshment curated an event by Lexus Blondin where the Brother Moves On pay homage to independent bands from South Africa that made the journey from the Southern tip of Africa to London and were well received in the UK but never saw the same fame come from South Africa. As the last gig in London on their Oorkant tour which saw the band/collective play Marseille, Berlin, Augsburg, Paris, London, Bristol, Deal, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds the band paid homage to Batsumi + Malombo the grand daddies of indie township astro afro free jazz. On the 11th of October the band will attempt to capture this highlight of their tour at home paying homage this time to Batsumi’s songbook. The first set will honour curator Lexus Blondin’s Church of Sound by paying homage to the Batsumi songbook and the second set will be of the Brother Moves On originals. The set will feature the amazing vocality of Itai Hakim and on flute and Alto-sax the untouchable and down to earth Mthunzi Mvubu. More
Recorded in 1974 in Soweto, this is an intriguing, rousing reminder of the inventive styles that flourished in apartheid-era South Africa, but never came to the notice of the outside world. Batsumi were an Afro-jazz outfit led by a blind guitarist, Johnny Mothopeng, along with his keyboard-playing brother Lancelot and bassist Zulu Bidi. They worked in the sprawling Johannesburg township in the early 70s, and their debut album has been unobtainable for decades. Remastered from the original tapes, and best played very loud, it's a vibrant, energetic workout in which slinky, repeated riffs are matched against wailing, sometimes psychedelic effects, with saxophone and flute solos added. There are five lengthy tracks here, and they range from the opening Lishonile, in which hypnotic, repeated phrases and solos give way after nine minutes to equally furious chanting, and the cool Anishilabi, in which a classy keyboard workout and bass solo ease into a cool, loping riff.
Simphiwe Tshabalala - drums & vocals
Ayanda Zalekile - bass & vocals
Zelizwe Mthembu - guitar & vocals
Siyabonga Mthembu - vocals & spirituals
Mthunzi Mvubu - alto sax & flute
Itai Hakim - guitar & vocals
We advise booking in advance. Please contact us on 011 339 6645 / 081 534 2867 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students receive a 50% discount on tickets.
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