Friday, June 18, 2004

Revolution in London's trendy hub

The revolution continues Posted by Hello

They might not sport Hoxton fins but Revolution is playing in London as part of the City of London festival on Friday 9 July at the Spitz in Shoreditch.

More about Revolution - Identical twins George and Joseph Mothiba have come a long way since the days when they were backing dancers for leading house music DJ Christos in the mid 90's.

In 2002, after having released two albums, this Afro-house production and DJ duo who were born in Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, had their breakthrough success with an album called The Journey.

The Journey takes you on an exciting trip that explores the richness of African music; from the entrancing rhythms of Southern African people like the Venda, Pedi and Tsonga as well as interpretations of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti's Afro-beat sound. But the song that truly drove the album was their remix of 'Vhavenda' a 1973 track by South African guitar legend and creator of the Malombo sound, Dr Philip Tabane. Pride in homebrewed stuff is more than a political statement; it gives South African an identity stamp unlike any other sound. As group member Joseph says "look at the music done by the old guys, there's no way a European guy will play the guitar the same way we do.(...)”

In 2003 Revolution teamed up with Tabane again on their album The Journey Continues, where they also worked with celebrated Zimbabwean musician Andy Brown.


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