By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA
ONE OF THE oldest jazz musicians in the country the legendary Abbey Cindi (82 years old) wants to pass the baton to the younger generation before he died.
Cindi of Mamelodi who was part of the famous 60’s jazz band Malombo with Philip Tabane and Julian Bahula said he is worried about today’s’ musicians that is why he wants to bring back the old jazz of the ’50s and mid 60’s such as Kwela, Blues, Swing including isicathamiya back to the scene.
Cindi released his latest 9 track album United States of Afrika is loved by jazz fans around the country.
United States of Afrika is about the African Renaissance concept and dedicated the album to all South Africans who participated in the struggle.
Special guest featured on the album produced by Abbey Cindi is McCoy Mrubatha on soprano and tenor saxophones, and Bheki Khoza on guitar.
“We have talented youth in the music industry that is why I want to use this talent to bring back the old vibe back to life.I want to pass the baton to the younger generation and I have started with some young who are learning from me at the State Theatre in Pretoria.
“I have performed around the world for the past 5 decades, I have been to London in England, New York, Chicago and Washington in the United States, Milan in Italy Brazil, Sweden, Germany, Australia and other countries and everywhere they loved our music.
“I want to fix this before I die. I don’t want to leave this earth without passing the baton to the young generation that is why I have started my company Africa Musical International to revive 1950 to 1965 jazz back to the scene,” said Cindi.
Cindi started another band in 1975 and called Afrika which use poetry and music to conciatise the youth in schools and universities to support the Black Consciousness Movement of Steve Biko in the fight against apartheid.
“In 1982 I got an offer to perform at the Royal Academy international Jazz Festival in London, I return back to London in 1983 to perform at the Brecknell Jazz Festival. In 1985 I recorded an album about the mines migration workers titled January to December Emgodini, it was soon banned after three weeks of airplay by SABC.
“I have been arrested with BCMA activists like Strini Moodley, Aubrey Mokoape, Saths Cooper Bridget Mabandla and others because we use music protest music to educate people to know their rights. Now it is time for the youth to use music to fight gender-based violence, drug abuse and educate the nation. I am disappointed to hear music with vulgar words, music should entertain and built our nation,” added Cindi.
Cindi is expected to launch album United States of Afrika and his company Africa Musical International soon. For bookings call 076 477 4870.
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