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JUVENILE 031 (article first published : 2005-10-28)

Performing live at the Bat Centre on October 28 is Juvenile 031. The concert also features DJ Lapps & Urban Militants.

Taking their music from the streets to the world – the members of Juvenile 031 say they were born to perform, and their smooth R&B and Hip-Hop sounds are already receiving wide acclaim.

A group of friends growing up in the suburbs of Newlands East in Durban, Juvenile 031 first got together in 1997. The name of their outfit is quite appropriate – “Juvenile” representing their youth and “031” the dialling code for Durban.

In the early days, these talented performers would go out and buy Puff Daddy and Mase instrumentals and use them to do gigs in and around town, performing at clubs, schools and charity fairs. Known for their cool clothes and even cooler lyrics, it wasn’t long before they built up quite a following in the “East”. They have also appeared on the main stages of the Splashy Fen Music Festival for the last three years in a row.

Juvenile 031 consists of Prince “Prinston” Zondo and Melchuan “Mel-Capone” Barends, with Mel-Capone and Prinston writing most of their lyrics. While these guys are totally dedicated to their music, there’s still plenty of time in their lives for other interests. For instance, Mel-Capone has done two years in speech and drama at UDW and Prinston three years in IT at Oval International College.

Priding themselves on “nothing but the tightest flow, fattest beats, and flyest gear”, Juvenile 031’s hit tracks include City Without Pity, Unfamous and BumpMyShit, which is soon to be released on their debut album The Pension Plan. Their track (Juvenile in me), which is “strictly for the ladies”, featured on the C-Weed Three compilation in 2003.

Juvenile 031’s concert on October 28 starts at 21h00. Entrance Fee R20. More information on 082 856 2610.




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