Five-man band fit as tightly as their shoelaces

Yoliswa Sobuwa

POPULAR Motherwell rock band Shoelace Rockaz’Soul are staying on top of their game by working on fresh material to distribute on their website.

The five-piece band – consisting of Ndumiso Ntantiso, Mvuzo Mnyaka, Zusakhe Gysman, Sinoxolo Mbuthuma and Lelethu Manzini – have combined rock and soul to come up with a unique sound.

“We are not recording a CD as yet but our fans can download our music from our website. We feel that this is the best way of doing things. We have always been different – from when we started in 2009,” Ntantiso said. They say their songs are a mixture of both urban and ghetto experiences.

The group have grown from a little band performing in the Bay to one known countrywide.

They have opened for national and international acts including Usher, Jamali, Danny K, Poetic Soul, Xolani Fanu and Anne Rosenquist Fee.

Having played with other bands individually up until coming together in 2009, they are a relatively new group. Part of their name, Shoelace, was chosen to describe the group’s relationship – a shoelace intertwines to fasten a shoe tightly – and that is how the group functions.

“Things worked very well for us after we participated in the Hansa Pilsner Legend in the Making competition in 2012 [where Usher performed],” Ntantiso said. Since then they have been invited to a number of gigs all over the country.

“We were very surprised to see the way people responded to our music. They actually like it and are showing us a lot of support,” he added.

Apart from working on new material, there are also some other changes on the horizon.

Ntantiso said that some of the band members had left for Johannesburg to take care of the business side of things but the band were not planning to leave Port Elizabeth. They simply want to grow.

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