From The CITY's inception in October 2012, we have pushed musical boundaries with our melange of hip hop and Afro beats. Few local bands have so easily embraced their African heritage, and even fewer take the electro path. We haven't shied away from either, incorporating Zulu lyrics and rustic sounds into tracks like “Nguwe”. This has become a major selling point, along with our firm belief in bringing the audience a stellar live show on every occasion.
We’ve been close friends for many years, playing together in various other bands, but never in our own. Around 2010, we finally decided to turn our original ideas into something tangible we can all enjoy.
Dum dum dum!
And the band was born. Although we've worked with award-winning producer Ron Feemster, with Goodluck, Chad Saiman, Captain Stu, The Rudimentals and a long list of other talented artists, the band was only truly cemented when our final member joined us in 2012. Playing at Synergy Live last year was exhilarating, well-received and the perfect beginning for our Afro-urban-electro fusions.
The band has four members: Clement Carr on keys and synth, Bonj Mpanza doing lead vocals and percussions, Ryan McArthur on bass and Ruby Crowie on drums and samples. Together we form an unlikely, yet tight-knit crew. We aim to make sounds which are centred on taking the common musical language of our generation – pop, hip-hop and electronica – and telling a different story with it. Sometimes the story includes Zulu lyrics, cowbells or an extraordinary event... but whatever the case may be, we proudly embrace it and create our own, authentic interpretation through our music.