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Louis Moholo-Moholo 70th Birthday Special

Duration:
1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 January 2011

Jez Nelson presents the great South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo at a special concert in celebration of his 70th birthday. A founding member of legendary South African jazz groups The Blue Notes and The Brotherhood of Breath, Moholo-Moholo became a influential figure in the British jazz scene when he came to London in exile from apartheid during the mid-sixties. This concert sees him in a rare reunion duo with pianist Keith Tippett and a full ensemble including Jason Yarde, Henry Lowther and John Edwards. He also talks to Jez Nelson looking back over his eventful career.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Russell Finch.

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Louis Moholo-Moholo and Keith Tippett recorded at the Purcell Room, London on 19 November 2010

    • Line up: Louis Moholo-Moholo (drums), Keith Tippett (prepared piano including woodblocks, pebbles, bells, music box and plastic pan pipe – stolen from a children’s play box 30 years ago)

  • Louis Moholo-Moholo and Alexander Hawkins talk to Jez before the concert in front of a live audience

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      Blue Notes Kudala

      The Ogun Collection, Ogun Records

    • Image for Brotherhood of Breath

      Brotherhood of Breath Mra

      Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Fledg’ling

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      Louis Moholo Octet Ithi Gqi

      Sprits Rejoice, Ogun Records

  • Louis Moholo-Moholo’s Seven for 70 ensemble recorded at the Purcell Room, London on 19 November 2010

    • Line up: Louis Moholo-Moholo (drums), John Edwards (bass), Ntshuks Bonga (saxophone), Jason Yarde (saxophone), Francine Luce (vocals), Henry Lowther (trumpet), Alexander Hawkins (piano)

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      Louis Moholo’s Seven for 70 The Tag

      Composer: Jason Yarde

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      Louis Moholo’s Seven for 70 Mark of Respect

      Composer: Pule Pheto & Gibo Pheto

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      Louis Moholo’s Seven for 70 Un Ti Son Ba Ou

      Composer: Francine Luce

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      Louis Moholo’s Seven for 70 Sonke

      Composer: Pule Pheto

    • Image for Louis Moholo’s Seven for 70

      Louis Moholo’s Seven for 70 Lost Opportunities

      Composer: Harry Miller

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      Louis Moholo’s Seven for 70 Dikeledi Tsa Phelo

      Composer: Pule Pheto

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      Louis Moholo’s Seven for 70 Zanele

      Composer: Pule Pheto

  • Louis Moholo-Moholo

    Louis Moholo-Moholo

    Photo credit Tim Dickeson/Jazzwise Magazine

  • Keith Tippett

    Keith Tippett

    Photo credit Tim Dickeson/Jazzwise Magazine

  • Louis Moholo-Moholo & Keith Tippett

    Louis Moholo-Moholo & Keith Tippett

    Photo credit Tim Dickeson/Jazzwise Magazine

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