By Nombuso Nkambule (@HRH_Nkambule)
Meet the duo behind the new Old School movement.
Throwback is an urban music outfit influenced by the old school. Whether it be soul, jazz or funk, ‘feel good’ is what best encapsulates their sound. Based in Johannesburg, duo Tshepo Sekele and Lerato Mofokeng (Larry) are the visionaries behind this movement.
Larry’s introduction to music started at the age of 11, studying classical music at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. He then went to the National School of the Arts where he studied contemporary popular music and Central Johannesburg College introduced him to jazz studies.
Tshepo first picked up a bass guitar in 1998, teaching himself the basic fundamentals of music. With his guitar, he then went to Sibikwa Community Theatre in Benoni where he received formal training through Trinity and Royal Schools Syllabi. Two years later, he expanded his knowledge at Central Johannesburg College under the guidance of Bheki Khoza.
The two spent ten years in the industry before they met each other in September of 2011 when Tshepo and Larry first crossed paths and found an immediate connection, but that did not yield anything musically. Recognizing the obvious musical chemistry, friends and fellow musicians alike conspired to get them to work together. January of 2013 finally saw the two of them join forces to create what will be the future of throwback music.
A question to each of them:
Who is your inspiration?
We draw inspiration from bands like Stimela, Sankomota, Bayete, Earth, Wind and Fire.
Tell us about your performances?
It’s been an amazing two months since our debut live performance. We were blown away by the warm response from people of all culture groups. We’ve performed at Wolves Café (Illovo), Gig Tyd (Boksburg), Tanz Live (Randburg), Moyo (Melrose Arch) and we recently performed at News Café (Randburg) in May. Our most memorable experience is most certainly Wolves Café in Illovo. It was there that Throwback had its first live gig and the audience was incredibly amazing, giving us a standing ovation at the end of our performance.
Watch their performance at the Klipdrift Battle of the Bands 2014: