Tabane, Philip (Nchipi )
- Darius Brubeck
(b Pretoria, c1940). South African guitarist, singer, flutist, and percussionist. He took up electric guitar in 1954 and started performing four years later. From 1961 he led groups known usually as Malombo (but also as Malombo Jazzmen, Venda-Malombo, and Malombo Jazz Band). The first such group was a cooperative formed with Julian Bahula and the flutist Abbey Cindi which appeared to great acclaim as the Malombo Jazzmen at the Castle Lager Jazz Festival in 1963 and 1964. It disbanded when Bahula left for Britain, but Tabane later re-formed it as a duo with his nephew Gabriel Mabi Thobejane on percussion (1970); the two men toured South Africa, appeared at the Newport New York, Montreux, and North Sea festivals, and performed with the addition of Bheki Mseleku for a tour in 1977. During this period Pharoah Sanders, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Clark Terry, and Herbie Mann made guest appearances with Malombo. Thobejane left to join Sipho Gumede and Khaya Mahlangu in the group Sakhile in ...