Musical highlight

SOUL BROTHERS. From left to right: Mthabisi Sibanda; Simphiwe Kulla; Gregory Mabusela; Sifiso Buthelezi and Karabo Moeketsi. The Muffinz are
getting ready for one of their biggest concerts yet. Picture: Supplied.

Just weeks after they opened for English soul singer Joss Stone, The Muffinz will be sharing a stage with the legendary Jimmy Dludlu at the Old Music in The Gardens concert. For the young jazz and Afro-funk band, this one of the biggest highlights of their career.

“It is a huge compliment, but at the same time it puts a lot of pressure on us,” says guitarist Mthabisi Sibanda.

“Jimmy Dludlu’s fans are a bit older and have a very high music literacy. So we’ve been rehearsing hard to make sure we are at our very best.”

Despite a big fan base and a massive social media following, the five musicians still regard themselves newcomers in the music industry. The group started at the University of Johannesburg, where three of the members were singing in the choir. After performing at a competition in Melville, they brought the judges to tears.

PERFORMER. Jimmy Dludlu has a more mature audience than The Muffinz. Picture: Gallo Images.

PERFORMER. Jimmy Dludlu has a more mature audience than The Muffinz. Picture: Gallo Images.

It was at this point that they realised there was something special about their sound.

 

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