Monday, July 25, 2011
Boo the band - Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2011
Boo! entered the South African music scene in October 1997, with their mind-bendingly weird, though deliciously consumable sound. The band describes their music as "Monki Punk", because it breaks away from the usual combination of bass, drums and guitar, and substitutes the guitar with brass and keyboard sounds.
But this anarchy is not born out of anger, it is born out of a self-asserted freedom to express and expose different and conflicting human emotions. The message is one of rejoicing in the deep multiplicity of human nature.
Boo! consists of three members. The genderless phenomenon, Miss Chris Chameleon, is the bass player, lead vocalist, and writes all the music and lyrics. Princess Leonie provides extremely unconventional, yet wildly rocking beats on the drums. The blonde bombshell, Ampie Omo, produces the rest of the colorful spectrum of sounds on his trumpet, trombone, keyboard and percussion instruments.