[JPL] Bheki Mseleku Dies

Bradley M. Stone bstone at science.sjsu.edu
Fri Sep 12 14:19:27 EDT 2008

Aloha Arturo,

Thanks for posting this - very sorry to hear of his passing.  I enjoyed
his music immensely.

The light is on, but dimmer once again.


Dr. Brad Stone
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Subject: [JPL] Bheki Mseleku Dies

>From All About Jazz

Jazz Maestro Bheki Mseleku Dies

RENOWNED jazz musician Bheki Mseleku has died at the age of 53 after a
battle with diabetes.
"He was a supremely talented creative visionary," Arts and Culture
Pallo Jordan said.

Jordan said the KwaZulu-Natal-born "piano maestro" died in the U K on

Jordan said Mseleku had been living in the UK and seemed to have
from the live- music scene in South Africa.

Born in Lamontville, KwaZulu- Natal, Mseleku was from an artistic
which took charge when he taught himself to play various instruments.

In 1975, he moved to Johannesburg, where he joined Spirits Rejoice and
established himself as a remarkable organist.

Though Mseleku was a versatile instrumentalist, he was greatly attracted

He exploded into the jazz mainstream when he made his debut at the
Ronnie Scott's in London.

"Mseleku was able to put African genius that had defied man-made
constraints when it was easy to blame apartheid," said Jordan.

"We offer our condolences to his wife, family, relatives, friends and
jazz fraternity."

I remember sometime in the mid-90s when Bheki first recorded for Verve,
was either a Gavin or perhaps a Jazz Times convention when former Verve
radio rep, Rachel Lewis? invited some of the radio panel to a
performance by
Bheki at a small cellar club in the Village and there was Mseleku
the piano with a sax strapped on over his back, several times while
he would bring the sax around to the front and start playing


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