Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Skinflint garners for international recognition

Local hard rock band, Skinflint, have churned out their third album, Massive Destruction, following last year’s album, Inside Scar, which the band says improved their following after an appearance on Mokaragana.

Giuseppe ‘Juice’ Sbrana, vocalist and guitarist, who came in for an interview with the band’s drummer Mothusi ‘Cool’ Mahuri, told Sunday Standard that the Mokaragana episode they appeared on was a turning point as they increased their fan base after the exposure; following that appearance 4000 units of their album were distributed at stores.

Juice and Cool say that the album was about internal pain but, “It was the rise of Skinflint.”

They were also invited to a Battle of the Bands competition in South Africa the same year. Battle of the Bands invites 200 bands annually.
“We were the only band from Botswana; it was very challenging but we finished in second place.”

This won them a free recording and radio airplay on South Africa’s major radio stations.

Juice says that the first defining moment for Skinflint was when all three band members, including bassist Kebonye ‘Raskebo’ Nkoloso, started playing together.

“The band started in 2004, then I played with my cousin Sandra Sbrana who played drums but she had to leave to study in 2007.”

“That is the time when we found each other; we played together for the first time and really connected; there was a magical feeling,” he says of their first performance as a supporting act at a Nosey Road concert.
They then released their first album, Purpose of Life, the same year, followed by Inside Scar a year later.

This year, the band’s album, Massive Destruction, celebrates life and mourns death.

“We celebrate our fallen brothers and all people we have lost,” Juice said of the album that was recorded at Nosey Road Studios at Mokolodi, and produced by his father, Ivo Sbrana, who is a member of the pioneering classic rock outfit Nosey Road.

Massive Destruction also has two videos on rotation on Btv and this is the album by which they say they will break onto the international scene by the end of the year.


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