I followed The Brother Moves On around South Africa once. True story, I even wrote about it here. I’ve seen them many more times after that, and each time was a trip. On their recent trip to Cape Town, they stopped over to record some songs for the Big Leap sessions, an initiative by Assembly Radio described as “a series of intimate performances from some of South Africa’s most exciting new and established artists.” The idea is to do two songs and one original cover. The Brother decided to cover Madala Kunene’s ‘Da Tom’ (third track in their set below). It’s worth going to their show just to see them perform that one song live:

* Featured image by Greg Marinovich.

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