The name Aboot Et is derived from “About Extraterrestrial” which is a future sounds movement that started in September 2016 by Mthunzi Khomo. The name is self-explanatory as the sound was new to the scene and felt like it was out from this world. The movement created an escape from mainstream music, radio & fashion as more people began to relate on an alternative level.
About a year later The Grand Up was established by Mthunzi Khomo and Kabelo Monnathebe. Mthunzi , who goes by the stage name Aboot ET is the founder of ET Music and a DJ who’s sound is inspired by Future Sounds, Broken Beat and Jazz. Aboot ET is a music enthusiast and a passionate supporter of the arts at large. Kabelo is a music teacher and freelancer. Known as Kaybee Monnz , he plays for most orchestras in and around Johannesburg and also enjoys teaching violin in Soweto.
The combination of Mthunzi’s experience in running ET Music and Kabelo’s music knowledge was the birth of The Grand Up, an event that caters to alternative music by passionate DJs that appreciate the value of music. The Grand Up prides itself on attracting top musicians to perform and execute the Live Music element of the event. Since its inception, The Grand Up has managed to set up a mobile kitchen, a radio show with R1WRadio called The Grand Ritual at the most Iconic street in the world; Vilakazi street. We’ve also invested in a clothing line and a cocktail bar through collaborations with some of Soweto’s most talented youths.