For the band BrotherBrother from Cape Town, music was always the tie that bound the two brothers Theunis (guitar, vocals and bass) and Roelof (vocals and guitar) van der Merwe. After the addition of Paul Avenant (percussion and Cajon), a friend turned brother, the band started to carve a big name for themselves in the South African Music Industry.
Roelof, the songwriter of the team, may seem calm and laid back but, according to his bandmates and brothers in chords, he is a musical genius and knows exactly which part each instrument plays in creating their unique and eclectic sound. Paul, who studied music, is the band’s ‘all-round nice guy’ and ads vibrancy and energy to the group dynamic. Theunis is the ‘dad’ of the group playing the role of manager/organiser as if it was created for him. Without him, they say, being on time for gigs would be quite challenging.
Together this family in blood and friendship create an enchanting musical blend of folk and fun, the perfect combination of beat and brotherhood.