The Melisizwe Brothers are a group of young musicians from Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines aged between 10 and 15 years old, that have been blessed with a wonderful talent and have been winning the hearts of audiences through their special gift in their hometown.
The Melisizwe Brothers are comprised of Mark Aaron James, Seth Jared James and Zachery Justen James. According to the children’s mother and father, Sherry and Mark James, the name ‘Melisizwe’, pronounced ‘Me-lis-we’, was specially chosen. Mark James has stated; “We believe that a name is important, so we wanted one that had meaning.” After much research, he said, they chose the South African name which means ‘Leaders of the future/nation,’ as they wanted their children to be leaders within themselves first.
About Zacary Justen James
Zacary Justen James was born 2009, in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and the love of his life is music. Zacary, lead vocalist of the group, plays several instruments including piano, drums, violin, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, hand drums and steel pan. He started taking piano lessons at the age of 4 but fell in love with every instrument he could get his hands on.
Zacary loves entertaining the family, friends and, of course, his fans. His passion is to travel and learn about different countries and their culture. In addition to music, Zacary is an excellent track and field athlete.
About Seth Jared James
Seth Jared James was born 2008 in Toronto, Ontario Canada and is said to be the “glue” of the trio. Seth plays the violin, acoustic guitar, drums and hand drums, but his main instrument is the piano. Seth started piano lessons at the age of 5 and because of his drive and quick understanding of music, has progressed rapidly through the levels.
Along with his brothers, Seth has a very bright future in track and field. He also shares the family passion for travelling around the world with his brothers. He hopes to share his musical talents with the world.
Marc Aaron James
Marc Aaron James was born 2004 in Toronto, Ontario Canada and is a true leader and excellent example for his younger brothers. Marc’s parents noticed his love of singing at age 4 and enrolled him in lessons. Marc plays the acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, piano. He also shares lead vocals and sings harmonies for the band.
Marc’s love and passion is for classical singing. He began classical vocal training at the age of 6 and continues to this day. Marc also enjoys writing and composing songs for the group. As is his brothers, Marc is an excellent track athlete.
Family of the Melisizwe Brothers offers free music and vocal classes for children and adults, at their home in Upper Fair Hall. Persons may just turn up, choose an instrument and begin learning the theory and practice of music.
The boys, fans of Michael Jackson, recently did a wonderful cover of Michael’s song ‘Ben.’ Listen to the Melisizwe Brothers sing Michael’s early classic below: