Following several successful shows at venues and events including Feel Good Series' UMI Festival, Basha Uhuru, Fak'Ugesi and Heavy Rotation, the Joburg band and returns with a new live EP project – TITLES.
The Charles Géne Suite (CGS) is a family collective, they came together as an experiment in creating music as a form of idea exchange between different artist and musicians. This culmination has now continued as a core unit that continues to work together while still collaborating with artists from all across the world and across many genres.
With a friendship spanning just over 20 years, Njabulo Phekani and Noah Bamberger function as the glue that brings CGS together, alongside notable collaborators and contributors which include vocalists RĀMS, SomeSayFedi and ASI, drummers Tebza and Saul Nossel, Laliboi's iconic vocals, trumpet and guitar, bassist Ryan Deacon, and rapper and producer Sam Turpin on vocals and bass. This culmination has now continued as a core unit that continues to work together while still collaborating with artists from all across the world and across many genres and resulting in a bond and energy that puts emphasis on an experience of family felt through their music and on-stage presence.
Their sound borrows from jazz, soul, hip hop and a local flare like no other, and their new EP TITLES is a 4-track live recording from their last intimate live performance in Johannesburg back in January 2020. A tease of their long-awaited upcoming debut album.
The EP demonstrates the band's ability to chop and change between a family of contributors, maintain their solo careers and keep the same family energy, and a beautiful, gentle sonic reminder of what brings them together – “A family made through music. Forever growing. Forever creating together”
Listen to "TITLES" on Bandcamp.
Words by Roger Sivuyile Lupuwana.
Images and text courtesy of The Charles Gene Suite.