Strut present the first international reissues of two classics of South African jazz by Malombo Jazz Makers, Malompo Jazz (1966) and Malombo Jazz Makers Vol. 2 (1967).
Formed in Mamelodi township near Pretoria, the group started out as Malombo Jazz Men with Julian Bahula on malombo drums, Abbey Cindi on flute and Philip Tabane on guitar. Fusing traditional and improvised rhythms with jazz, Malombo became renowned as one of the first South African bands to fully connect jazz with the African traditions.
Despite his undoubted genius, Tabane became erratic on tour and Bahula brought in another Mamelodi-based talent, guitarist Lucas “Lucky” Ranku, renaming the band Malombo Jazz Makers. The group played stadiums and festivals and were soon signed to Gallo. Recording at a studio in Pretoria, the trio debuted with the album Malompo Jazz in 1966, showcasing the simple, spacious beauty of the Malombo sound and Abbey Cindi’s compositions, with Mahotella Queens’ Hilda Tloubatla on guest vocals.
The partner follow-up album Malombo Jazz Makers Vol. 2 was recorded a year later, continuing the earthy flow of Malombo’s music. The two albums have since been recognised as unique landmarks of South African jazz through popular tracks like ‘Sibathathu’, ‘Jikeleza’ and ‘Emakhaya’. Alongside full original artwork, the albums feature a new interview with Julian Bahula.
Lullaby for Angels
Grab This for Me
Blues After Lunch
A Tribute to Birds
Root of Africa
All used CDs / LPs are VG+ ~ N/M unless otherwise stated All new CDs LPs are guaranteed unplayed but may not be factory sealed
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