The band has a heartwarming and inspirational story: based in a settlement called Edendale on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, it was formed by the late (Ntsangu) Roots Cele, a legendary street musician and activist, father and teacher. Roots passed away a few years ago, but before he did, he succeeded in teaching all his children (currently ranging in age from 7 to 30) to play music and perform together (mostly reggae, but other stuff too) – and they continue to do so in his legacy. Their goal: to “to spread the message off ONENESS & LUV, to entertain people far and wide, to educate through music”
HOW RAD ARE THEY?! Can we also just take a moment to process the fact that their lead guitarist is only TEN!
Last Wednesday marked a special occasion for Undivided Roots ZA as they performed at a Music In The Hills event at The Knoll Barn in Hilton – the band received a surprise handover from Big Beat Productions (a complete sound system!) and their new logo was revealed.
SO sad I wasn’t able to make the event (hubby was away and I had no one to babysit!), but by all accounts it was a fabulous evening, and here’s a vid of the proceedings, followed by a few more pics by photographer Candice Christie. Honoured to have played a small part in making these awesome people SMILE!
For more info on the band, boookings etc – contact their guardian/manager: Gavin Paul Joliffe on 079 569 1204 / firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to follow them on Facebook for news updates and to show your support!