For a taste of India

afro touch: Members of Prime Circle.

Everyday emotions like love and friendship provide the grist to the creativity in them. South Africa’s foremost rock band Prime Circle consciously keeps off larger issues like politics, religion and hunger. The band draws from emotions of everyday, for everything, from lyrics to composition to performance.

All set to come on a three-city tour of India, the band say they haven’t composed anything specific for India but will be collaborating with a few percussionists to perform some surprise pieces. “We love the sound of just about any Indian percussion instrument especially the tabla. It’s magnificent,” Marco Gomes told Metrolife.

Explaining how the band came to be known as Prime Circle, Marco says, “We chose the name because we wanted to be a prime circle of friends, composers, musicians… we wanted the band to be a prime circle of important people… kind of all in one.”
Marco likes to describe his band as a people-oriented one, where they try and address issues that affect the common man. “We would like to reach every doorstep and touch every heart through our music,” says Marco.

The band will play from among All or Nothing, their original compositions which they describe as commercial rock music. This is said to be one of their best works so far with its spectacular mix of ballads and pulse rock. The band will introduce themselves through another piece, titled, Hello. Let Me Go Rock is yet another one of those heavy metal stuff.
On their first visit to India, Marco and his gang intend to get a feel of the culture, taste, mix and mingle a great deal with the people in India.

They will also play fusion music. “Fusion is simply mixing the different styles of music of various countries. Mixing not to the level of contamination but mixing keeping their separate identities intact,” says Marco.

The five-member strong band has Ross Learmonth on lead vocals and guitar, Dale Schnettler on drums, Dirk Bisschoff on lead guitar, Neil Breytenbach on keyboards and Marco Gomes on bass.

Prime Circle will perform at Hard Rock Cafe in Bangalore on August 7.

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