The Blood Brothers, South Africa’s first super group, consists of Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel), Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Albert Frost (Blues Broers), Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar, Heuwels Fantasties), George van der Spuy (Taxi Violence, Goodnight Wembley), Isaac Klawansky (Shadowclub), Jason Hinch (Black Cat Bones), Loedi van Renen (Taxi Violence), Rian Zietsman (Taxi Violence, Beast)& Kobus de Kock Jnr. (Black Cat Bones).
These musicians have changed South African music. They’re the reason so many young aspiring musicians have a platform to express themselves and to grow. Their music has become such a part of my life that I cannot imagine myself living in a world where it didn’t exist, because then what would be the point, really?
So you get what I’m trying to say? No fucking pressure.
If you don’t know what the Blood Brothers group is about here is a quick summary:
Blood Brothers is a group that consist of some of South Africa’s most talented and well-known musicians who perform the songs that helped establish them as well as songs by international acts who they feel help shape their sound; all in the fight against cancer alongside the Vrede Foundation. The Vrede Foundation is a great non-profit organisation that aims to educate young people about cancer and early detection.
You can read more about their cause over here:
So on Wednesday night I threw on my black leather jacket and headed off to Grand West, excited to feel like an angsty 17 year old again.
People tend to always complain about events not being well-organised so I’ll just get that out of the way; the check-in at the door was smoother than a 24 year old on Tinder and the bar staff were great. The queues for drinks became ridiculous at one stage, but do you know how much you guys drink? It’s impressive.
Beers in hand, we found our spot and waited for the show to start while commenting on the impressive visuals and lighting; growing more excited with every sip.
I do need to mention how disappointing it was seeing so many empty seats. It’s slightly worrying to me that we so often complain about the scene being in the state that it is, but then don’t support the people who’ve built it – especially when it’s in support of a cause that has affected all of us on one level or another. About halfway during the show, Carstens let seated fans move over into general standing which obviously and thankfully filled it up a bit.
Generally when these musicians get on stage at their own shows, they deliver stellar performances, so when they kicked off the Cape Town leg of their tour at Grand West, we were, very briefly, rendered speechless.
For me, Albert Frost’s performances stood out on a few occasions and Kobus de Kock Jnr. did a great job at reminding us why he’s one of South Africa’s top performers with his contagious excitement. There is no question that this was probably the best show I’ve ever had the honour of attending or reviewing, but it’s a shame that the sound quality put a slight damper on things. Unless you knew the lyrics to every song, you couldn’t really hear what the guys were singing.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I can only hope that this won’t be the last time I attend a Blood Brothers gig. The quality of the show deserves a festival stage and you guys better show the fuck up then!
For more photo’s visit Blood Brothers by Vetman Design and Photography here!