I was beaming with pride when I learnt that the Bala Brothers are on Billboard’s Classical albums chart. I could not believe it at first (because how often do African artists feature on any world chart?) and had to go verify it myself. I went onto the site and BOOM. There it was at number 13 just below Andrea Bocelli’s Love In Portofino.
Bala Brother’s self-titled album is their US debut under Warner Music. The album was recorded live at The Lyric Theatre and was released on 3 March following their PBS in the US in February. It debuted at number 16 on the chart and has gone up to an impressive number 13 after just two weeks on the chart.
I’ve seen some videos on YouTube and I have seen some of their previous show which was broadcast on SABC 3 and I must say, they are truly a marvel on the stage. Just yesterday I met Loyiso Bala at the Tsogo Sun Sprint Race launch at Montecasino and I was surprised by his humility when I congratulated him on this feat considering that he is one of the biggest celebrities in the country.
Zwai recorded Ndize, which also features on the tracklist for Bala Brothers, for his album Indigo Child and it is probably my favourite track on the album.
The trio also do a rendition of The Lion King’s Circle of Life and other African favourites such as Something Inside So Strong and Pata Pata.
Catch the video of them performing The Circle of Live live at Emperor’s Palace below:
I wish them all the best with their US tour which kicks off in May. I know they will slay!