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Julian Bahula, Ernest Mothle, Lucky Ranku, Eddie Tatne (refugees of the South African Apartheid-Regime)

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Jabula (isiZulu: "rejoice") was a musical ensemble of South African musicians "exiled" in England during the Apartheid Era.

The four musicians who became Jabula met in London where they were living after leaving South Africa. The group was formed in 1974 and consisted of:

  • Julian Bahula - lead vocals (formerly of Philip Tabane's Malombo Jazzmen)
  • Ernest Mothle - bass guitar
  • Lucky Ranku - guitar and percussion
  • Eddie Tatane - percussion

In addition to their own albums, the group also performed with Mike Oldfield for his albums Amarok, Incantations and Ommadawn.

On 21 July 1979, they appeared at the Amandla Festival along with Bob Marley, Dick Gregory, Patti LaBelle and Eddie Palmieri, amongst others.

Their second album, Thunder into Our Hearts, is dedicated to the trumpeter Mongezi Feza, with whom the group played in the run up to its recording, but who had died.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 V Various Artists 1
2002 Afrika Underground: Jazz, Funk & Fusion Under Apartheid Various Artists 1

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