BROOKLYN & QUEENS, NY: Gentleman Brawlers, a Brooklyn 6-Piece, are psychedelic Afro-soul revivalists known for their spooky, stylized tunes drenched in analog tape echo and spring reverb. Drawing influences from throwback electronica and acid rock into their funk-based compositions, the ‘Brawlers deliver a live show with plenty of heat, crackling energy, and butt-shaking whomp. While working on the tracks for their next full-length LP (due October 2019), the ‘Brawlers have honed their live show on college campuses and the festival circuit. Notable performances took place at Brooklyn Bowl, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, The McKittrick Hotel (home of Sleep No More), Bethlehem’s Musikfest, The Greene Space, Knitting Factory, and recently an in-studio appearance on WBEZ Chicago (home of NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me and This American Life). Adventurous art-pop experimenters by trade, the band recently expanded their lineup and narrowed their focus to create a live music project dedicated to just one of the sonic ventures hinted at on previous recordings—the Lagos-by-way-of-Brooklyn Afrobeat sound of their single My Theory—and began performing in NYC jazz & world music clubs as the Gentleman Brawlers Afrobeat Project.
The band has drawn acclaim in the New York and London music press. They were brought to the attention of the Internet when Veteran BBC music writer Tom Robinson tipped them as a band showing great promise, calling the ‘Brawlers “a virtuoso live band, grooving together like a beautifully engineered machine.” Formed in 2011, the group consists of Becca Fox (vocals/keys), “Chatty Matty” Walsh (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Warren (drums), Trevor Brown (bass), Oskar Stenmark (trumpet), and Xavier Del Castillo (saxophone). Their first single “I Ain’t No Brian Wilson (I Was Made For These Times)” appeared on Occupy This Album, a musical tribute to the Occupy movement. The following year the band dropped an EP, We Were Made For These Times, on the band’s own Brooklyn Fields imprint. Since then, the band has been a stylish presence on the tour and festival circuit and will release their next full length LP in October 2019.
THABISA’s story begins in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Born and raised by her grandparents in KwaZakhele township, she could always be found singing and dancing outside her home. Neighbors gave her the name “Little Brenda” for the legendary South African pop star Brenda Fassie.
In 2012 she entered the national singing competition, Idols South Africa, and finished in the Top 18. The following year, she signed on with the independent record label Tammy Music and produced two albums, Eyodidi (2015) and The Journey (2013).
Thabisa received a nomination for Best Video at the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) for the song “Vula” off her first album, The Journey. Musically, she finds inspiration from the likes of Miriam Makeba and Billy Holiday, and has shared a stage with living legends Caiphus Simenya, Bebe and Cece Winans, Thandiswa Mazwai and Freshly Ground.
Thabisa currently lives with her family in the United States. "What makes my music worthwhile, is the opportunities it opens for me to work with children and inspire them to dream big" she explained. THABISA volunteers with children using music, cultural exchange, and story-telling.
THABISA traveled along the coast and shared her music in the Eastern Cape and landed in PSJ where she started a band. She traveled to surrounding cities throughout the Eastern Cape area, Durban and Cape Town performing. During that time, THABISA took part in the IdolsSA competition where she reached the top 18. She is also most passionate and involved in Children's/youth volunteering programs, performing at schools in the Eastern Cape, motivating pupils and Teachers. Since August 2012 THABISA and the band has performed at The Heritage Day Music Festival, with Zonke and Ringo and at The Wild Coast Cultural Festival. Currently Thabisa has released her debut album under an independent label Tammy Music and music is distributed by Next Music. You can find her music at Musica and Dakota Stores also on iTunes, Kalahari.com and Amazon
Ro Godwynn is a singer-songwriter, vocal arranger and multi-instrumentalist passionate about creating, performing and teaching music.
As a member of Phat A$tronaut, a New Haven-based band, she has performed all over the tri-state area at popular venues such as Brooklyn Bowl and Rockwood Music Hall, and Toad's Place.
Ro, who describes her sound as "alternative neo-soul," is inspired by the many musicians of Connecticut. After moving to New Haven in 2017, she was greeted by the musical community with open arms. To this day, she aims to make her new friends proud.