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A1. NGIVULELE
A2. UDONDOLO
A3. SOUL OF AFRICA
A4. JOLLY JOURNEY
A5. UMKHOSI
A6. MAJAZANA

B1. ABBEY’S BODY
B2. VUKANI
B3. HLEZIPHI
B4. SIBATHATHU
B5. MALOMBI WALK
B6. EMOUBANE

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.

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