Mushroom Hour Half Hour drops the long awaited solo album – Matjale from Thabang Tabane – next month.
Thabang is the son of the late, legendary Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane and is heir to the South African malombo jazz sound that his father originated and help pioneer in the early 1960s. Malombo specifically refers to traditional ceremonies – where dancing to music occurs during a rite of exorcism or healing – and the drumming styles from these ceremonial roots has influenced jazz musicians to the present day.
Thabang has been touring the world, playing with his father’s band and other South African luminaries – such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Madala Kunene and Mabi Thobejane – since he was 8-years-old..
The Matjale LP drops digitally, on CD and on vinyl on the 14th of September.
Here’s a WTM jazz mix featuring Malombo, Jabula and a range of styles.