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The Brother Moves On

multi-aesthetic, multi-disciplinary afrocentric movement (South Africa)

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“music for South Africa’s transitional generation… a lively and highly expressive hybrid that spans rock, Xhosa funk, jazz, folk, electronic, dance, spoken word….powerful and captivating stuff” – The Guardian

a fresh and independent sound of a nation has emerged” – The Telegraph

Re-challenging hip hop’s five pillars(MCing, DJaying, B-boying, graffiti writing and knowledge of self) into a conceptechnic performance art project that incorporates historical, political and sociological perspectives the Brother’s 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.” – Pan African Space Station.

The Brother Moves On is a self-proclaimed art movement from Johannesburg’s brown baby music’s  live music scene. The members got tired of the idea of being a band and embraced a multi-aesthetic, multi-disciplinary concept grounded in their predecessor’s Kwani Experience’s catch phrase umsindo wasekhaya (the noise from home). The collective have completed three EP’s: The Golden Wake, ETA and Black Tax and one full length album released on the death date of statesman Nelson Mandela and entitled A New Myth in honour of their late founder Nkululeko “Burnslow” Mthembu.

The first band to get signed as performance artists by a commercial gallery in South Africa, (the Goodman Gallery), the band have presented  at the annual Johannesburg and Cape Town Art Week and collaborated with Just-A-Band(Kenya), Hank Willis Thomas(USA), Mikhael Subotzsky(South Africa) Albert Ibokwe Khoza(South Africa), Okmalumkoolkat(South Africa)  and Nolan Dennis(South Africa).  

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.

Hugely popular in their Native South Africa, the band have gone on to tour Southern Africa, the European Union and the United Kingdom three times, playing with international artists from Hugh Masekela and Saul Williams to Yussef Kamaal and Shabaka Hutchings, grabbing the attention of CNN, The Telegraph UK and The Mail and Guardian and the Guardian(UK).

Twice voted Rolling Stone Magazine’s best live act (2012 and 2013), and  their song “Hossanna” voted into Sunday Times “The greatest 100 South African songs”, the band will return to EU in May and June 2018.