These are the indigenous Afro-Jazz Sounds of the Genius, Phillip Tabane — the original Malombo Jazzman. It started in 1964 at Orlando Stadium, when Phillip went on stage, leading his group — "The Malombo Jazzmen". On that Saturday afternoon, South Africa was staging it's third Jazz Festival. Phillip and his group walked away with all the honours.
Malombo Jazz-music was introduced for the first time that year. This group, started up as a trio and consisted of Flute, Guitar and Drums. Phillip has now parted company with the other two members, and today he plays alongside a young drummer by the name of Gabriel "Sonnyboy" Thobejane. This young man is tremendously versatile, and plays the Thumb Piano known as "Dipela" in Northern-Sotho, and Drums.
On this LP Phillip plays Guitar, Penny Whistle and Drums. Listen to the way Phillip plays the Penny Whistle and Drums on "Dithabeng". His inherent feel and his knowledge of the instruments can quite obviously be heard. Mastery to say the least! He sings about his sister's child on "Ke Utilwile", meaning "I've Had Enough".
Sit back, relax and absorb the vocal and instrumental artistry of Phillip Tabane.
RAY NKWE — PRESIDENT OF THE JAZZ APPRECIATION SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA
Recorded: 18th APRIL 1969 in the Johannesburg Studios of HERRICK MERRILL
Recording Engineer: PAUL WRIGHT
Photographs: STAUPITZ MAKOPO
Produced by: RAY NKWE
Supervised by: LOUIS BOTHA
Cover Design: MARGE SCHNAAR
PHILIP TABANE AND HIS MALOMBO JAZZMAN
Simply a great album!!!
The first issue of this LP shows the label as Atlantic City on the cover but Atlas City on the actual label. Both labels were Teal imprints. In 1974 the LP was reissued on Teal's Up Up Up label.