The formidable Blood Brothers made history as South Africa’s first rock super group when they banded together at Carnival City on 18th of July 2015 and at Grand West Casino on the 23rd of September 2015 to join the Vrede Foundation in the fight against cancer.
The Vrede Foundation’s aim is to generate awareness amongst young South Africans (aged 15-29) regarding cancer and at the same time raise funds to provide financial aid to young South Africans with this disease.
Ten of the biggest names in SA rock were recruited to destroy the stage with their legendary songs and the songs from their favourite international bands (which influenced their sound), during a killer 3 hour long set.
2015’s line-up consisted of Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar), George van der Spuy (Taxi Violence), Albert Frost (Blues Broers), Kobus de Kock Jnr. (Black Cat Bones), Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar), Rian Zietsman (Taxi Violence), Jason Hinch (ex Black Cat Bones & Boargazm), Isaac Klawansky (Shadowclub) and Loedi Van Reenen (Taxi Violence).
Not only did the Blood Brothers draw thousands to come out and show their support; they also recorded a war anthem, People Gotta Know, to create another avenue to raise funds for the Vrede Foundation. These combined efforts garnered massive success and captivated the attention of media and fans alike.
This year’s edition of Blood Brothers will take place on the 9th of September at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City. The original line-up will see Arno Carstens exit, but they are shaking things up and refining their winning formula with the recruitment of their fabulous sister, Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground.
This beloved charismatic performer needs no introduction. Zolani is iconic and one of the best entertainers our shores’ stages have ever hosted… and she is ready to add her unique flavour to the Blood Brothers mix.
Zolani looking is very much looking forward to being a part of this set-up:
“I am so excited to be a Blood Brother this year because it means I can rock out with some of my favourite colleagues and rock legends of our time. Possibly the only thing better than that is that we are bringing attention to and lending our voices in the fight against an invisible but lethal enemy – cancer.
If you have known anyone who has fought against this dreaded illness then you will understand how important it is for me to lend my support to those suffering. I’m thoroughly pleased to wear this badge of honour as the first female Blood Brother and walk in solidarity with my rocker comrades. Aluta continua!”
I’m really looking forward to this year’s edition of Blood Brothers. It will interesting to see and hear what Zolani is going to bring to the table and I’m pretty sure that music lovers won’t be disappointed.
Tickets for Blood Brothers 2016 are already on sale on the Ticket Pros website. Get yours now! Ticket prices range between R250 and R395. For more info, check out the Blood Brothers Facebook page or follow @BloodBrothersSA on Twitter.
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