The Parlotones are Kahn Morbee, Neil Pauw and brothers Glen and Paul Hodgson. They formed over 10 years ago and achieved massive success in their home country of South Africa, as well as success in various international markets.
Put simply, The Parlotones are potentially South Africa’s biggest selling pop/rock act ever with 800,000+ albums sales worldwide. All the more impressive when you consider this has been achieved via independent record labels in just a few key markets. Double Platinum, Platinum and Gold Records saturate the band’s discography. Their live story is even more humbling having played live to over 2 million people in their career to date. Add to that the 1 Billion people that watched the band on TV as they opened the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup, and you get a sense of this band’s success.
The Parlotones are consistently known for their groundbreaking attitude and genre crunching attention given to their music videos, making them leaders in visual audio expression and winning them a multitude of awards. Their first major music video for ‘Dragonflies & Astronauts’ went on to win an award for ‘Best Music Video’ at the MK Awards 2007 and proved that The Parlotones were adamant to push boundaries in all aspects of their art.
Constantly pushing the envelope of their artistry and setting the stage for being named one of the hardest working bands in the industry, The first South African single release was ‘A Giant Mistake’ which reached #1. In the UK the song “Dragonflies & Astronauts” became their debut single.
Not only praised for their songwriting and melodies, The Parlotones are adored for their expressive live performances, their iconic face make up and their willingness to interact and touch their audiences.
More recently, lead singer Kahn Morbee has become a coach on South Africa’s version of ‘The Voice’, allowing a new generation of music hopefuls to benefit from his incredible journey and vast experience.
2018 – their 20th anniversary year – will see a brand new studio album released on an international scale not previously seen. The Parlotones may have been together for a lifetime, but their journey has only just begun.