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Remembering Jabu Khanyile

Today marks ten years since South African legendary jazz musician Jabu Khanyile passed on. We pay tribute to this African jazz icon, and remember the legend through his music, which undoubtedly left an indelible mark.

Today marks ten years since South African legendary jazz musician Jabu Khanyile passed on.

Born in the township of Soweto in South Africa on 28 February 1957,  Khanyile was a remarkable musician, and he was the lead vocalist of the band Bayete.

Jabu started his musical career at a young age in the early 1970s. He was part of various musical bands in his early career, which helped to develop his musical talents. He was a member of the band The Daffodils, at the elementary period of his journey, then he joined The Editions as a drummer, before working with the band, The Movers.

Khanyile then joined the band Bayete as a drummer and stayed on for ten years. Bayete split up in 1992, and Jabu pursued a solo career, and he produced smashing hits which catapulted him to international stardom.

He won several national awards (South African Music Award) for his musical accomplishments. In 2000 he won the Kora award for best Southern African artist, and the band Bayete also received various awards.

Khanyile embodied the spirit of Pan Africanism, and he collaborated with various African artists including  Youssou N’Dour, Angelique Kidjo and the late Papa Wemba.

Jabu passed away in 2006 at the age of 49. We remember this legend through his music, which undoubtedly left an indelible mark.

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