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The Booth: Siyabonga Mthembu

Siyabonga Mthembu is the frontman and vocalist for Johannesburg-based band, The Brother Moves On. As arguably…

Fans, casual listeners and critics aren’t the only consumers of music. Every fortnight, we ask a prominent or exciting local artist to share five tracks that are currently on rotation on their boombox/diskman/Zune – oldies, latest hits, oddities and obscurities. Welcome to The Booth.

Siyabonga Mthembu is the frontman and vocalist for Johannesburg-based band, The Brother Moves On. As arguably one of the hardest working bands in the country, their extraordinary live performances render the act of trying to define their sound through confining genre labels both impossible and unnecessary. Their music continues to provide the South African music industry with much needed perspective. Amidst a dedication to live performance and appearances at various venues and festivals throughout the country, they have also toured the UK and released their latest album, A New Myth  in December last year. Here are Siya’s 5 tracks.


Bilal – Is This Love 

I personally adore Bilal and the way he sings. To hear him pull off a Bob Marley cover with such finesse is beautiful.


Gizmo ft. Casey Benjamin – Red Balloon

In our chanting we make reference to a child who asks her uncle to please bring her a red balloon home. My late brother Nkululeko Mthembu loved this sentiment and found another song that he loved that dealt with the red balloon. 


Kwani Experience – Mess in the Kitchen

I love this video and think SA did not give this video or this band the space it required.


The Comet is Coming – SLAMMIN

While we were in the UK this was the only band we felt a brotherhood with. They invited us to a jam which felt like we were playing at Kitcheners. The saxophonist is coming to the Cape and we are looking to do some work with him soon. Stay close.


Bheki Mseleku – Celebration

This song has brought me through the death of my brother and makes me feel like he is really close by.

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