MUSIC VIDEO: Dlamini King Brothers - "Abahlali"

June 1, 2011

While filming DEAR MANDELA, we spent time with the Dlamini King Brothers and created this music video for their song called ‘Abahlali’.

The Dlamini King Brothers is an isicathamiya choir with 12 members all of whom live in the Kennedy Road settlement. The choir was formed in 1999 and over the last few years has become an important part of the cultural life of Abahlali baseMjondolo.

The Dlamini King Brothers say that isicathamiya "is the music of gentlemen". It is music that encourages spiritual strength and dignity in a world of suffering and it has a very strong and clear message. It can deal with all the issues facing the community and although it requires years of regular practice for a choir to become respected, it costs not one even cent because no instruments are required. They say it is a non-perishable music that is just running through their veins.

On 27 September last year the Dlamini King Brothers beat 108 other isicathimyia choirs to win the 11th Annual Isicathamiya Competition held at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban. This is the biggest and most important isicathamiya competetion in South Africa.

The Dlamini King Brothers were formed in 1999 in Kennedy Road. The members of the choir come from Bizana in the Eastern Cape and Post Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal. They are working in various aspects of the construction industry including laying down tarmac, installing granite tops in kitchens, landscaping, plumbing and working on the new airport.

To purchase their Début Album Hlis’uMoya, please contact Abahlali baseMjondolo: