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Sound bite: The Brother Moves On – Boogly Woogly

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The brother moves on

One of my bugbears is the term ‘world music’. This all-encompassing genre, into which all music not in English and made in the global south, falls.

It’s a meaningless throwaway term that ignores that all music is inspired by other music. Cameroonian jazz saxophonist, Manu Dibango, has been sampled by everyone from Michael Jackson to Will Smith. Indie rockers, Vampire Weekend, borrow liberally from the electronic guitar riffs of Congolese music and on and on.

So I love this newly discovered South African act, The Brother Moves On, for being musical shape-shifters. Part musician, part shaman, their influences are diverse: rooted in South African music, yet spanning, Latin, electronic, dance, folk and even spoken word. In this TEDx Soweto video, it’s hard to tell at times whether singer, Mr Gold, is performing or actually evoking spirits.

With Boogly Woogly, the band’s eerie, funny, perhaps political (I hear the word ‘government’ more than once…shame I’m not sure exactly what’s being said!) song, I’m reminded, in places, of Jimi Hendrix, and in others, I think of the French band Tryo.

However you label it, (they call themselves “post folk rock genre of Afrique indie kids“) you gotta experience it.

Listen to Boogly Woogly

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Written by Eliza

January 14, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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