INTERVIEW: Spoken word duo Brethren Genuflexion

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We have been good, thank you. We hope you also good and thank you for this opportunity.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Had A Dream”?

It’s about Freedom! It’s everything!

Freedom of speech. Freedom of choice, but most importantly the freedom to have a dream and be allowed to pursue it.

The single I had A dream holistically defines that. Brethren Genuflexion has a dream and we wanted to let the world know through a song.

This song intends on educating people on the importance of freedom meanwhile inspiring them to follow their own unique dreams.

Had a Dream is basically a song about a person who’s eyes were closed and then eventually opened to new possibilities when he opened up his eyes to them and discovered that true freedom comes from within

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The daily sight of unemployment, poverty, not having enough money to go to school etc, pains us deeply.

Society has structured us into not prioritizing our dreams. The township that we come from is full of people with dreams not pursued; mothers who have forsaken their dream of becoming  a lawyer or a singer, because they have kids to feed thus  rather opting for a 9 to 5 job; or a youth with a great business idea whose afraid to start because of fear of failure.

This has struck a revolt within us hence why we do what we do.

The song was also  inspired by hard times we went through as we were having restless nights wondering if we will ever make our dreams come true and then opportunities started knocking on our doors as we persevered through the tough times and wanted to inspire people to do the same because anything is possible as long as you have faith even as tiny as a mustard seed.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Definitely but we are still investing on PR so we can get our name out there.

The single comes off your new album A Life Worth Leaving – what’s the story behind the title?

How was the recording and writing process?

It was fun yet challenging. It took us out of our comfort zone and pressured us to do a lot of thinking and disagreeing which led us to making good music.

Working with ChaNday during the recording sessions was pretty much awesome. His advice and production skills contributed to the success of the songs made.

What role does Soweto play in your music?

Soweto is a real epitome of what freedom is all about.

We have the unchangeable privilege of growing up in a township that is rich in history concerning freedom. Just to give an idea, we have the likes of Nelson Mandela, the youth of 1976, Desmond Tutu etc. They represent to a large extent what it means to have a dream and having the freedom to pursue it.

What were some of the poems you get to use as a source of inspiration?

We really like an American poet called Prince Ea and Silly brakes

Was it easy to translate the poetry into the music?

Absolutely Not!

Being a part of theatrical productions we were taught about certain techniques on how to become performers. For instance we learned about deportment, voice projection, balancing the stage etc.

Lessons on how to make music were foreign to our ears. This required us to be flexible and take much advice from our producer.

Nonetheless the experience has molded and shaped our craft.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We found inspiration from various experiences, but Napoleon Hill was very seminal to our approach because he speaks about freedom and he defines it as one taking full possession of his own powerful mind and directing it to whichever ends.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not yet because of Covid but once that has blown over, we are planning on performing in places and people who need to hear our message. We are also strongly pushing to be on mainstream media so the message can reach the masses.

What else is happening next in Brethren Genuflexion’s world?

We have partnered with our local community centre called Rena Lona with the fight against Covid 19. Whereby we distribute food parcels, hand sanitizer and masks. At the very same time we are fundraising to keep the project running.

Furthermore we have written a new poem about the coronavirus. The poems give a message of hope to the public, educates on prevention methods, symptoms and how deadly the virus is.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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