Straight as Arrows

2008-02-23 00:00

Outside the Willowvale Hotel in Umbilo Road, a throng of young Durbanites are milling about waiting for a band to start. The hotel, which has over the last year or so become one of Durban’s most popular spots for one-off events, normally has a very busy bar. But tonight, despite the size of the crowd, it is ridiculously easy to get a drink. This, me and my compadres quickly realise, is because the hip young things surrounding us are mostly Christian kids who have come to see rising Durban sensation the Arrows — a band whose ever so slightly raw and rocky blend of jazz-tinged pop bucks the usual conventions of Christian pop music. We look closer, and the gentle strain of wildness that tends to define events at the Willowvale is indeed kind of absent.

“It’s not gospel music. The theme of our message is one thing, the sound is completely another.

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