Sons of Mystro
The Sons of Mystro will perform on WAVS 1170 AM radio at 12:20 AM on Saturday, January 21st. We are kicking off the countdown to Dr. Fidel S. Goldson Sr.’s Fundraising Scholarship which will be held on Saturday, February 18, at the new Joy’s Roti Delight in Lauderhill.
Born to a Jamaican father and Bajan mother, Umoja and Malcolm are two of four children in their family. They were raised in Broward County. Umoja said it was an ideal childhood. “It was good. We had both our parents all of our lives raising us and taking care of us,” Malcolm said.
Music has always been a staple of the pair’s family. Their father performed at clubs as DJ Mystro. He played in New York, California, and other states during the 70’s, all the way up until the late 90’s. However, the journey that lead the violin virtuosos to become the Sons of Mystro started when Malcolm was enrolled at Bethune Elementary, a magnet school located in Hollywood, FL. He gained interest in music at the time, but was pushed toward the violin by his 3rd grade teacher. “My teacher told me: ‘if you play the violin in my class, you can go to Disney World’,” Malcolm said. “I ended up not going to Disney World until my [sophomore] year of high school.”
After Malcolm took up the violin, Umoja wanted to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and decided to take up a violin as well. “After he started playing, I just started playing because I wanted to follow my brother,” Umoja said. “I thought: ‘Oh, maybe we will begin to play together one day’.”
The potential for the duo to accomplish extraordinary things wasn’t realized until Umoja participated in his middle school talent show, where he and two other people performed hip-hop songs. Their father realized the duo’s talent that night. “Something snapped in his head that day,” Umoja said. “ He saw the potential in what we could do and he wanted to form a group.” The duo’s father orchestrated the creation of the group, also inspiring their name “Sons of Mystro.” It was a way to carry on the family legacy of music, since he went by DJ Mystro in his early years.