As Bra Hugh passes on, Bra Tebs Moholo rises

2018-01-25 06:00
Louis Moholo will host three concerts at Guga S’thebe.

Louis Moholo will host three concerts at Guga S’thebe.

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In a week when the nation mourns passing of the legendary Hugh Masekela, Langa’s own son jazz, drummer Louis Moholo will host three concerts at Guga S’thebe Arts Centre starting on Saturday 27 January from 6pm.

The series titled Sonke : Uplift The People, will feature musicians like Hilton Schilder, Mark Fransman, Brydon Bolton and Abraham Mennen.

It will continue on the 3rd and 10th February at the same venue and time.

Tickets are R120 in advance and are sold from the Chimurenga office at 76 Long Street, or R150 at the door.

Moholo formed The Blue Notes with Nikele Moyake, Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana in the early 1960s.

After emigrating to Europe, and then an eventful trip to Argentina, Moholo stayed on in London.

There, he formed part of a South African exiled community that made an important contribution to British/European jazz and avant-garde.

With more than a hundred recordings in a discography stretching from 1962 to date, his appreciation as a leader and collaborator exemplifies the respect and adulation his peers and younger generations of musicians have for him and the great demand for his masterful skills as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and innovator.

In the words of former manager and longtime friend Hazel Miller: “Louis makes other musicians go to places they would not have thought possible”. Among his many awards from across the world is a 2004 South African National Honour-the Order of Ikhamanga Silver, granted to him as part of the Blue Notes by the President of the Republic South African for: ‘Excellent achievement in the genre of jazz music, contributing to the development of music in the South African townships and defying apartheid laws by forming a multi-racial group’.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Breath, a big band comprising several South African exiles and leading musicians of the British free jazz scene in the 1970s and is the founder of Viva la Black and The Dedication Orchestra.

Through the years he has played with numerous musicians including Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Irène Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Mike Osborne, Keith Tippett, Harry Miller, George Lewis and John Edwards.

In 2005 Moholo returned to South Africa where he continues to live in Langa.

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