Northdale men connect through music

2018-10-03 06:01
(From left) Timothy­ Paul Naidoo, Jordan Govender, Mitchell Reddy, and Nathaniel Eric Naidoo of the music group Brown Jam.PHOTO: supplied

(From left) Timothy­ Paul Naidoo, Jordan Govender, Mitchell Reddy, and Nathaniel Eric Naidoo of the music group Brown Jam.PHOTO: supplied

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MUSIC brought together four men from Northdale who gathered in the most unlikely of places — a kitchen — to share in their love for music and form their very own band.

Spending most of their time in Mitchell Reddy’s kitchen, the band almost called themselves “Candy’s Kitchen”, after Reddy’s wife, but instead settled on “Brown Jam” to avoid being confused with being a catering company.

Brown Jam comprises of brothers Timothy Paul Naidoo and Nathaniel Eric Naidoo as well as friends Mitchell Reddy and Jordan Govender.

Most of the band were heavily influenced by family figures who were involved in music, with the brothers being inspired by their father, a singer and guitarist, as well as their grandfather, who was a guitarist and harmonica player.

Reddy, meanwhile, was inspired by his father, a drummer, and Govender was encouraged by his grandfather and father to pick up an instrument.

“Music has always been a big part of our lives. My brother, Nathaniel, is on keyboard while I sing and play the lead on guitar. Jordan is on the bass guitar while Mitchell plays the drums,” said Timothy Naidoo.

The band has been playing together since September last year and since then have had a healthy amount of stage time, performing at various events, shows, and hotels across Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

“Our band covers various music from Earth, Wind, and Fire to Tom Misch.

“We have a varied sound and are influenced by jazz, pop, and music from the 80s and 90s,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo added that the band was also started as a way to keep music alive in their families and to keep their musical legacy going forward.

The band are extremely dedicated to practising and perfecting their sound,and are currently working on their own original music while planning an evening jazz event.

For more information on the band, or their upcoming events, visit the Brown Jam Facebook page.

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