Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness moves the audience – both physically and emotionally – with an explosion of passion, funk and rhythm.
Speaking during their performance of the epic ‘Moya’ at Red Bull Music presents Beyond the Sound with BCUC, lead singer Jovi and backing vocalist KG shared their philosophy and approach. Explains KG: “You never plan for those big moments. You just do you work, just keep concentrating on getting the work done and doing the music. That’s what we’re about.” Expanding on this Jovi says that “karma is a big thing in this workspace that we do because you are your reputation. So you got to be professional like other people; doctors, lawyers, everyone is a professional. They’re working they get up in time, they arrive in time. We’re just like other people, we don’t have dreams of being superstars, we just have dreams of doing our profession the best way we can do.”
When it comes to their message, they focus on what is universal. “We see the skin colour, but we’re not trying to make a black message or a white message. It’s a human message. Because it’s way after apartheid and we are not concerned or focused on what apartheid did to us. We are more focus on this is where we are now, how are we going forward? We’re not asking questions, we are presenting solutions.” says Jovi. KG adds that “With the start of the band it was never wanting to do content that is flimsy or doesn’t have roots, because these are stories that people talk about. Everyday on the streets, people are talking about those issues. What’s happening in the media? What’s happening in government? What’s happening in these big companies? That’s what people are talking about, so those are just the stories that we are talking about.”
When it comes to what inspires them, KG and Jovi share that inspiration comes from everywhere. Says KG: “Family inspires us. The communities we are from inspire us. The people we meet travelling. Other amazing musicians. So I think there’s inspiration everywhere. It’s a matter of just seeing it, seeing the positivity in the situation that might not necessarily feel positive or feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. So it’s just about seeing positivity in human beings, in situations and just working on your karma.” Jovi adds that “for me, the people who inspire me the most are the people who are poor but are working every day to better their lives. Example: Mam works on the corner, sells kip-kip and everything and with that money, they’re taking their kid to the best school they can afford. Seeing that kid succeed and that kid eventually making the mothers and the siblings lives, because we are of black tax. So if they take me to school, I have to take one of us or two of us to school too. That for me inspires me a lot.”
Words by Themba Kriger.