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meet the joburg finalists: shameless band

November 29, 2019
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On Saturday, November 30th, four acts will perform at the AFROPUNK Joburg Battle of the Bands Finals, at the Up Pops Afropunk space in Braamfontein.

Grand Prize at the Battle of the Bands is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the star-studded, line-up of the 2019 AFROPUNK Joburg, at Constitution Hill, on December 30th and 31st. But the Battle of the Bands is not only an opportunity for a big break most musicians seek throughout their careers; it’s also an occasion for South African (and southern African) artists to showcase their music, their creative spirit and their artistry to the AFROPUNK audience. So this week, we’re spotlighting all the finalists, asking them questions about who they are and what this moment means to them.

The Shameless Band is a three-piece from Soweto that fuses modern and traditional South African music with loud distorted electric guitars to create community-driven “tribal Rock and Roll Music.” Read on!

What is your name, your age, and the instrument(s) that you play? 

Musa Zwane (25, lead guitar, Thabang (24, bass guitar ), Rock (29, drums).

Where are you from?

Born and residing in Soweto.

What are your favorite things about where you are from?

Authenticity. What you see is what you get.

Give us a short description of the kind of music you make.

Our music is cross-genre — it is a fusion metal, rock, maskandi, punk, kwaito and blues.

If there was one or two core thoughts/ideas that you want your music to convey, what are they?

Freedom of expression. (Do what you love, be who you wanna be.)

What are your musical dreams and aspirations? Not fame-wise, but creatively. What do you think you can do with music?

Take our music to the world, grow as a brand, impact the world, and bring different cultures together.

Name one artist that you would like to collaborate with? What do you think that collaboration would sound like?

Sjava. We’d bring a sound out of this world, we don’t know what it might be, but it would be a different kind of sound.

What are you most looking forward to if you win the Battle of the Bands? What do yo think winning could do for you?

Looking forward to performing at the AFROPUNK main stage, and getting worldwide recognition period.

Anything else you want to say to the AFROPUNK audience as a way of introduction?

Be ready to experience the real meaning of the word AFROPUNK in the form of an act — you might need to fasten your seatbelts because the road is about to get bumpy. #Rock’yey’nkabi

Go support Shameless Band at the AFROPUNK Battle of the Bands Joburg 2019 Finals, at Up Pops Afropunk in Braamfontein, on Saturday, November 30th.