Like father like sons

By admin
09 June 2014

The sons of legendary gospel artist Benjamin Dube have released a new album. They tell Siyabonga Ngcangisa all about their future plans

One might think that their decision to record an album was always

on the cards, given their father’s success in the music industry, but the Dube Brothers insist that this is just not the case. The three youngsters are currently

enjoying the success of their debut album Stepping Up.

The trio, made up of Mthokozisi (25), Sihle (23) and Buhle (17), is adamant that the release of their 10-track album is a step towards them claiming their own spot in the music industry. “We all decided that it was now the right time to release an album,” says Sihle during a visit by the brothers at the Move! offices in Johannesburg. “We could have chosen any other genre, but chose gospel, not because our father sings it, but it just felt right to sing gospel. “Gospel was ingrained in us since

we were small, it’s something we grew up with, and our father never forced or expected us to sing it,” he says. Sihle has just graduated with a degree in Branding and Communications, but he says for now pursuing a music career is his first priority.

Older brother Mthokozisi acknowledges the role their old man has played in their lives. Dube senior wrote two songs on the album – Who’s Right and Why, with the latter song also featuring on his

own latest album.

“Our father’s shoes are too big to fill, so it wouldn’t really work for us to intend to surpass him. If you listen to our music, the sound is different, it has elements of Hip-hop and RnB, even though it’s gospel. But we love gospel because it makes us feel very connected to God,” says Mthokozisi. Mthokozisi, who has just qualified as a sound engineer from the renowned Sound Engineering Academy in Johannesburg, has already been involved in the production of both their and his father’s new album.

The youngest of the brothers, Sihle, is currently in Grade 11 at the National School of the Arts.

“I think for us to stay successful we’ll need to stay connected to God. I stay connected to God by being on my own, that’s when I get to listen to Him properly,” says the mature teenager.

Even though their parents are no longer together, the trio say their mom and dad are still friends, contrary to reports of alleged tensions. “We are still a family even though they are apart. They get along and have a very mature relationship,” the young men