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A still from The Simons Brothers new music video Swing (Photograph supplied)

A new music video by Bermudian boyband The Simons Brothers has garnered 30,000 views on YouTube, just two weeks after being posted.

The Panamian-based group consisting of Jonathan, Solomon and Leonardo Simons, made Swing, in Havana, Cuba.

“We met a video director, Ahmed Navarro, in Panama who helped us with the video,” Jonathan Simons said. “He is from Cuba but also lives in Panama. Once we gave him our ideas for the Swing video, he mentioned that in Cuba it would be a lot easier to recreate that old-time style and feel we were looking for.”

Mr Navarro also told the band that they would be able to make a few more videos while out there for the same price as in Panama.

In Swing, an elderly cleaning lady becomes a beautiful, much younger woman after a genie grants her a wish.

Lyrics include: “My, my, my, is there a time when we can dance the night away?”

“When I agreed to be a genie in the music video, I imagined a costume and maybe some jewellery,” Jonathan told The Royal Gazette. “We gave the director artistic licence.”

He soon found himself coated in gold body paint.

“I was getting my make-up done when my brothers left for a minute,” Jonathan said. “When they came back and saw me, they were like ‘whoa!’”

He jokingly demanded to know who had written the genie into the script in the first place.

The Simons Brothers: Leonardo, left, Jonathan and Solomon Simons (Photograph supplied)

They spent five days in Havana. They shot video for 16 hours on their first day, then spent the rest of their time exploring the country.

The brothers found the Latin music in Cuba to be similar to Panama, but with its own twist.

The group are now back in Bermuda and will be performing Summer of Swing this weekend. It will be their second time holding a concert on home territory. They were here last August.

“We will be doing the first set of swing songs that we have been working on,” Jonathan said. “We will be performing some original pieces that no one has heard yet, and some pieces we have played before at concerts. We love music from the swing era [1930 to 1945], but we like to do it our own way, with our own twist.”

They learn from every performance.

“This year we are upping the stage design,” he said. “There will be giant banners behind us and to the sides to make it seem a little grander. We have gotten some of those old style microphones to really sell the swing era.”

Their costumes will also be from the swing era.

The Simons Brothers moved to Panama with their parents, Winelle and Ondre Simons, in 2020.

Jonathan, 25, Solomon, 22, and Leonardo 18, are now full-time musicians.

They each bring something to the table.

Solomon is the pianist and Jonathan plays the guitar.

“I’m the drummer,” Leonardo said. “So I’m the timekeeper and the beat maker. If they need a mix of certain flavours of different beats, I come up with it.”

“Musically, we have great synergy,” Solomon said.

Summer of Swing will be held at the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall on May 17 and 18 at 8pm.

Tickets are available on their website https://www.thesimonsbrothersband.com/summer-of-swing, starting at $44

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Published May 14, 2024 at 7:45 am (Updated May 15, 2024 at 8:11 am)

My, my, my ... the Simons Brothers are back

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