Sun Xa Experiment is a seven-person band that started in 2014 in the heart of Jozi. Made up of Buyisiwe Njoko (lead vocals), Tebogo Mkhize (acoustic guitar), Lerato Seitei (electric guitar), Benedict Watte (percussion), Musa Zwane (bass), Siphiwe Mgidi (drums), the collective is known for its experimental sound, which they describe as world ancestral music, fusing kwaito, jazz, gqom, rock and more.
10and5 writer, Grace Crooks recently caught up with the band. Here’s what they had to say:
Tell us about your band and what it means to be an ancestral, spiritual avant-garde, out-of-the-box group.
Sun Xa Experiment is a seven-person spiritually driven band from Soweto who do music not only for entertainment but also for healing purposes. What is meant by that is that we see ourselves as a unique blend of sound. Our style of work, play, and performance is out of the box and it includes a lot of good energy which connects us to spiritual realms.
You recently played at Endless Daze and Smoking Dragon festival 一 can you tell us about your experience at these festivals?
The experience was great and overwhelming, seeing where we came from as a young band who did everything independently. Having been hosted on the main stage as the main act for both festivals was great. To perform in front of a crowd that we don’t know and have never performed in front of before was humbling. We feel like both festivals were great preparation for us as we plan on performing on international stages.
3. How has your sound changed over time and where to from here?
We have been together for over five years now. We all came from a source of sound that put us together. Working as a team and unit served us great with opportunities that come up during our growth within the live music scene. Our sound has matured and grown over the years.
The band is releasing their full album at the end of March 2020 titled ‘Umculo Umuthi’.
Written by Grace Crooks.