‘The Brothers’ to Skank it

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BLENDING like a good curry is how Etienne Verster, vocalist for Bay band The Brothers, describes their upcoming show with Skank & the Roots at the Grand Hotel in Central this Saturday.

The simmering mix of The Brothers’ “skafrican” style – a term they coined themselves – has elements of reggae, funk, rock and African jazz, which mixed together, creates a sound that is unique to the Eastern Cape.

Their music blends perfectly with the style of Skank & the Roots, a five-piece roots-reggae band, who are based in Uitenhage.

Verster says people can expect an outdoor vibe with a few fires going and good music.

“It’s a very energetic show with lots of lights… we have a couple of new tunes so there will be a few surprises this time round, and it’s very energetic so people will need their dance shoes,” he said.

The collaboration came about after Verster wanted to add another element to The Brothers after the band first shared the stage with Skank & the Roots at the Absa Vuka Showcase in East London.

“We started jamming with them and I just thought it would be a great idea to get them on board.”

The Brothers started out doing covers but Verster said they wanted to progress to original music, with only an odd cover song here and there.

The band includes five professional musicians, a teacher and Verster. The lead guitarist and vocalist for the band is Joe van der Linden, who also writes some of the songs; drummer Lloyd Martin; the veteran of the band Boet Strydom on keys; bassist, vocalist and the band’s rapper Jon Allen; David Houghton, who alternates between guitar, tuba, and bass guitar; Phumlani Mtiti, the most recent addition on saxophone; and Verster who sings and plays percussion.

Band members of Skank & The Roots include vocalist Eric “Skank” Mooi, drummer Dumile “Rebel” Desmond Dabula, lead guitarist Marvin Williams, bass guitarist Mkhangeli MK Matiwane, and pianist Deon Manel.

The Brothers will be debuting a new song called I Wanna Dance With You at their performance on Saturday.

Next year The Brothers hope to launch their third album and take the band to the next stage.

Verster says he attributes the band’s success to the originality of their music.

Tickets for the show cost R80 and can be bought at the Grand Hotel, which is on (041)582-4753.

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