Your Mama’s Kitchen is a music event that organizers hope will happen annually to keep band-culture alive in Braamfontein.
Watching a live concert is completely fulfilling .
It was a pleasant surprise then to hear about an event called Your Mama’s Kitchen which was held at The Bannister Hotel on Friday evening.
The main idea behind the event was to bring back live bands.
Tapisi, who is also a guitarist in the band New Creation and one of the organizers of the event said, “We saw a gap. There’s Pop Bottles which is only djs and there’s Joy of Jazz which doesn’t cater for the young people.
“So Mama’s Kitchen was an idea that came from a friend of mine Super, the rapper of New Creation, and the idea was basically that we have Impande Core’s Radio 1, 2, 3 who have established a name for themselves, therefore we can bring them together with other bands to create something fresh. An opportunity for people to experience live music and for the bands to get a following nyana”.
The line-up attracted quite a crowd, with almost 100 people making their way to the rather small basement space where the event was hosted.
It featured four unsigned bands, namely Don’t Mind Don’t Care (DMDC), Radio1, 2, 3, The Undergrounds and New Creation, with the headline act being The Muffinz.
Thabang ‘Bassick’ Moletsane of DMDC expressed the band’s pleasure at being exposed to larger audiences. Bongani ‘Fingerzz’ Mathunjwa, his band mate, also said that the variety of sounds exhibited at your Mama’s Kitchen allowed people to transcend the borders of genres and enjoy the music without boundaries.
Drummer of DMDC, Xolani ‘Cush’ Mtshali agreed and further stated “we’re trying to get to more ears, we want to move this thing to a more commercial scene. To us events like this are important because then we get to more ears and we won’t get stuck in dungeons”.
Vocalist of Radio 1, 2, 3 Smanga, explained how the coming together in events such as Mama’s Kitchen was a powerful way of showing that live music and the culture around it is not dead. He further stated that it was their “cause, something that was written by the Gods of music that someday there‘d be bands like these, that would play music they are not expected to play”.
The event certainly attracted young people from all walks of life. It was symbolic of the lively and very different mixture of young people that live-in and walk through the streets of Braamfontein.