The Brother Moves On
The Brother Moves On (South Africa)
The ghost inside the magic, the stranglers of an innocent idea of bringing performance art to its knees through costume, music and storytelling... The Brother Moves On have created a genre of music that is truly their own Music Of Black Origin, no one show is ever the same as their tear up the stage and captivate their audience.
The Brother Moves On [abbreviated as TBMO] is a South African performance art ensemble from Johannesburg, Gauteng. The group was founded somewhere between the years 2008 and 2010 by broad-based artist Nkululeko Mthembu and his brother Siyabonga Mthembu. TBMO began as a self-proclaimed art movement mainly of graphic and fine artists and since began incorporating instrumentalists for the live performance environment. The TMBO sound is a tradition-trouncing trans-Atlantic Afro-centric futuristically ancient fusion that jack knifes between offworld spectral dub-metal, hyperrhythmic rock psychedelia, indie-township and astro-afro-free-jazz.
Taking a cue from that other “Brother From Another Planet” Sun Ra they embrace a multi-genre, multimedia aesthetic, re-challenging hip-hop’s five pillars (MCing, DJing, B-boying and graffiti writing) into a conceptechnic performance art project that incorporates historical, political, and sociological perspectives. The band notoriety has earned them representation by The Goodman Gallery one of South Africa’s biggest commercial galleries as a performance art collective, a first for South Africa’s live music scene. Having released three DIY EP’s and two DIY albums the band are busy with their first industry album due out in 2017.
“a lively and highly expressive hybrid that spans rock, Xhosa funk, jazz, folk, electronic, dance, spoken word – all labels they hate, by the way, as labels restrict – they prefer to think of themselves as post-genre. Their music is neither black nor white, but clearly rooted in South Africa, feeding off the country's unique political history” – The Guardian UK, Siji Jabbar
“The mastery of their instruments is incredible, moments of virtuoso technical ability are accompanied by a direct connection to some sort of power higher or otherwise. A religious experience. Sacred. A culmination of well curated combinations are streamlined into a central theme or body. Inventive, one of the only bands I have ever seen or heard that truly could deserve the label of unique.“ Underground Press, Nathan May
“You will be changed forever after you have witnessed the potent, political musical force and dervish spirit of The Brother Moves On live on stage.” City Press, Lloyd Gedye
“To put it plainly, The Brother Moves On represent possibly one of the most important young South African perspectives we’ve yet to hear. Their work, part musical and part performance art, confronts and soothes at the same time, never fearing the political dimensions, with a message that encourages political consciousness and authenticity. The Brother Moves On is the most important band in this country.” Platform Magazine, Andy Petersen.
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The Brother Moves On - Shiyanomayini [Official Music Video]
The Brother Moves On - iMfene [Live, Sofar Johannesburg]
The Brother Moves On ft. Shabaka Hutchings - Kude Leee [Live, Sofar London]