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Born in Cape Town, Louis Moholo-Moholo formed The Blue Notes with Nikele Moyake, Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana in the early 1960s. After migrating to Europe then an eventful trip to Argentina he stayed on in London. There he formed part of a South African exile community that made an important contribution to British/European jazz. 
With more than a hundred recordings in a discography stretching from 1962 to date, his appreciation as a leader and collaborator exemplifies the respect and adulation his peers and younger generations of musician have for him and the great demand for his masterful skills as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and innovator. In the words of former manager and longtime friend Hazel Miller: "Louis makes other musicians go to places they would not have thought possible". Among his many awards from across the world is a 2004 South African National Honour-the Order of Ikhamanga Silver, granted to him as part of the Blue Notes by the President of the Republic South African for: ‘Excellent achievement in the genre of jazz music, contributing to the development of music in the South African townships and defying apartheid laws by forming a multi-racial group’.
Through the years he has played with numerous musicians including Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Irène Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, Archie Sheep, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Mike Osborne, Keith Tippett, Elton Dean, Harry Miller, George Lewis, John Edwards, Jason Yarde, and Shabaka Hutchings. In 2005 Moholo returned to South Africa where he continues to live with his wife (Mpumi) in KwaLanga.

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Olympia Bakery Kalk Bay
Clairveaux Rd
Kalk Bay
Cape Town
South Africa

Runs from Sat 16 Dec 2017 at 8:00 PM

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Paul Kahanovitz