Subihs a band of brothers


Manuell, Andrie and Shaheen Subih in their home studio. Picture: Marie Nirme        d450583
Manuell, Andrie and Shaheen Subih in their home studio. Picture: Marie Nirme        d450583

Their twins Shaheen and Manuell (16) and younger son Andrie (11), who together make up the Subih Brothers band, have been performing in the current season of Channel 9’s Australia’s Got Talent contest.

Speaking to the Weekender from their family home last week, the couple said they were proud of the boys regardless of how far they got in the contest.

“We support them all the way because it’s what they love to do,” Mr Subih said.

A singer himself, he said the twins learnt to love music early in life as they watched his Arabic band perform.

“Since they were born, they have been to all my parties, all my concerts, and just loved it,” he said.

Mrs Subih said the twins showed an interest in learning to play musical instruments when they were about two or three.

“They’ve loved music since they were little. They wanted us to cut guitars from cardboard,” she said.

Mr Subih said when they started at Merriwa Primary School, teachers noticed their talent and music teacher Rose Prior helped nurture it. “They first started performing at school in the assemblies,” Mrs Subih said.

“They used to spend lunch times and recess when they were at school in the music rooms.”

Largely self-taught, the twins would perform at Arabic parties, and decided to start a band with their younger brother after hearing him sing around the house.

Having performed a Jackson 5 hit, I’ll Be There, in the semi-finals last weekend, the Subih Brothers will rely on public votes to secure a place in the grand finals, due to air on Sunday and Monday.

Shaheen said they chose the song because people related them to the Jackson 5.

“It’s from our idols as well,” Manuell added.

“They are all brothers like we are.

“We want to hopefully travel the world like they did. We are all young still – we’ve got a long time to do this.”

Having performed across Perth at community events and AFL matches, the brothers said their dream gig would be at Madison Square Garden.

The brothers play a variety of instruments, including keyboard, guitar and drums as well as singing and dancing.

“We just want to show Australia and hopefully the world our talent,” Shaheen said.

“Hopefully people can follow our footsteps and follow their dreams as well.”

The boys said their TV fame overflowed to the local community, with more of their peers keen to befriend and talk to them.

The brothers attend Butler College and the twins hope to go to the WA Academy of Performing Arts after they finish high school.