Muffinz perform at Rainbow birthday concert Doors open at 1pm and tickets cost R100 each

2015-12-23 06:00


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THE Muffinz, a five-piece guitar- inclined band will set the Rainbow Restaurant and Jazz Club stage ablaze on Sunday.

They are billed to share the stage with The Brother Moves On (TBMO) at the Rainbow’s 33rd birthday bash.

It’s been three years since The Muffinz released their 19-track double album debut, Have You Heard. The band members all do vocals and released their second offering, Do What You Love.

Ask each member of the band how they define their music and the responses are as varied as their personalities.

Karabo Moeketsi on bass calls it: “Hybrid African music on steroids.” Electric guitarist Sifiso Buthelezi: “Liberated Afro Retro is more fitting.” Lead electric guitarist Simphiwe Kulla terms it “Eclectic Soul Trip.”

Drummer Keke Mabusela says there’s evidence of growth in their new release. Acoustic guitar player Mthae Sibanda says their sophomore album manages to be dirtier and cleaner – all in the same breath. At the 2012 Metro FM Music Awards The Muffinz were nominated in the Best Newcomer and Best Group categories. They took home the title for the latter. That same year they received four nominations in the South African Music Awards. Their efforts and talent were noted in the Best Newcomer, Best Group Album, Best RnB, Reggae, Soul Album and Album of the Year categories. The Muffinz received a standing ovation at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, toured Norway and performed at the Doha International Jazz Festival. The guys have also appeared in Mozambique, Swaziland, Algeria and the DRC.

A highlight in their career was being billed to perform at the Apollo Theatre in New York in October 2014. The show was sold out. While in the city they filmed interactions with locals where they asked the question that ultimately became the album title - “do you do what you love?” It’s an attempt to have people question what’s keeping them from their passions. An organic campaign aimed at provoking and propelling people to pursue just that – doing what they love. The TBMO is about more than just music - it’s more of an art collective than a musical group. Or perhaps it’s more of a living institution, where members stay for a shorter or longer period of time, while TBMO “sucks the life out of them – in a good way”, to quote guitarist Raytheon Moorvan.

TBMO started performing around 2008, but didn’t get its moniker until 2010 when vocalist Siyabonga Mthembu was watching an episode of The Wire and got inspired by the bespectacled hit-man character Brother Mouzone.

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