malombo music

 
Madala and Mabi: It’s a thing that spans half a century
Madala and Mabi: It’s a thing that spans half a century
In 1965, Malombo were the toast of the black world and they knew it. A teenage guitarist, with hardly a guitar to his name at that stage, knew it...
Mamelodi’s spirit lives on in music
Mamelodi’s spirit lives on in music
‘When the apartheid government moved people here,” says musician and activist Azah, “I don't think they knew they were putting people in the...
Reserved Thabang Tabane wants to keep his sound simple
Reserved Thabang Tabane wants to keep his sound simple
Nearly two years has elapsed since Thabang Tabane’s solo debut Matjale was recorded at the Mamelodi West, Pretoria, home he shared with...
Looping history for a brave new now
Looping history for a brave new now
Two groups of young men stand at right angles to each other on stage, in front of what appears to be a complete jazz band on an elevated level. The...
The master of simplicity takes his final bow
The master of simplicity takes his final bow
The honour of having chaperoned guitarist and sound architect Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane to his last gig went not to his biological son, with whom he...
Dr Malombo fought to keep his music in a genre of its own
Dr Malombo fought to keep his music in a genre of its own
There have been few innovative contributions that have sparked such polemical responses as the tussle over the categorisation of malombo as jazz,...
Dr Philip Tabane passes on, leaving malombo to the next generation
Dr Philip Tabane passes on, leaving malombo to the next generation
Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane, the inimitable guitarist, philosopher and conduit of malombo spirits passed away today at a Pretoria hospital.

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