From South Africa’s sleepy hollow, a new sound is arising and is capturing the hearts of many through their raw and authentic musical talent. Prompt Side got to chat to the band to find out more!
Hi Acoustiq Assassins! Thanks for chatting to us at Prompt Side! So, who are you and what do each of you do?
We are band from Pietermaritzburg. The group consists of 4 members: Siphesihle Tonic Bhengu, Noma Noxolo Khumalo, Siphiwe Junior Mazibuko and Gugu GU’ Mdladla.
‘Tonic’ is a vocalist in the band. He is responsible for the groups admin. He is also a student-teacher.
Noma is the lead and only female vocalist in the band. She is responsible for the band’s vocal arrangements and is also responsible for band’s finances. She is also a student-teacher.
GU is one of our guitarists. He is a composer and songwriter. He is also a poet and backing vocalist. He studies Business Management.
Junior is a vocalist, lead guitarist and is responsible for the composition of our music. He recently finished his studies in accounting at DUT.
When did you guys form the band and what was the inspiration behind it?
The band was formed on the 14th of January 2014. Our musical journey began by chance. Our main source of inspiration for forming the band was because we were all involved in Art in high school. Knowing this we formed a band.
What would you say is the style of the music you create?
We would say our sound is acoustic and our style is deep, underground soul fused with a bit of poetry and R’nb.
What are some of the challenges you face as up and coming musicians?
We have to deal with rejection, the financial challenges, the criticism, judgment from people who don’t take art seriously. We also have to balance music with work and studies which tends to mentally and physically drain us yet we still hustle for gigs and shows. We make time for our art, our passion.
What has been your most memorable highlight of your career thus far?
It’s hard to single out one but I’d say The 2016 Summer Jam which featured artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Zakes Bantwini, BigNuz, Dreamteam, DJ Tira to name a few… We performed just before Cassper Nyovest which was an honour. The National Arts Festival in 2015 and being finalists in The World Jam Festival of 2014 was also amazing. These are only a few from many.
Who are you hoping to reach with the music you make?
Our aim is for our music to reach as many people as possible as we believe our music can souls worldwide. Our music speaks to all ages. All who can relate to our sound.
Are there any artists or musicians that have a great influence on your music?
We would say groups like The Muffinz, The Soil , Boyz II Men and The Script are our main inspirations for what we do.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
We see ourselves touring Africa and the world – performing in big festivals and stages globally. The band should be a well-established band by then.
What is the local music scene like in your area?
People here don’t take Art seriously. It’s a hobby for many. The signs of achieving in life here are if you have a decent job – music isn’t seen as work and any form of Art isn’t respected. One could not make a decent living in our area with music.
What is the one thing that keeps your band motivated?
All the people that come up to us and say “You guys are going places!”, “You guys are amazing”…nothing is more fulfilling more than those words. Positive feed-back and negative feed-back feed our band as we need to still grow.
Which South African artist/artists would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Possibly The Muffinz, Black Motion, The Soil and many!
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