Louis Moholo

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Louis Moholo
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Background information
Birth name Louis Tebogo Moholo
Born (1940-03-10) 10 March 1940 (age 74)
Origin Cape Town, South Africa
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician
Instruments drums
Associated acts Derek Bailey, Alexander Hawkins, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, Irène Schweizer, Cecil Taylor

Louis Tebogo Moholo (born 10 March 1940, in Cape Town), is a South African jazz drummer.

He formed The Blue Notes with Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Nikele Moyake, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana, and emigrated to Europe with them in 1964, eventually settling in London, where he formed part of a South African exile community that made an important contribution to British jazz. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Breath, a big band comprising several South African exiles and leading musicians of the British free jazz scene in the seventies and is the founder of Viva la Black and The Dedication Orchestra. His first album under his own name, Spirits Rejoice on Ogun Records, is considered a classic example of the combination of British and South African players. In the early 1970s, Moholo was also a member of the afro-rock band Assagai.

Moholo has played with many musicians, including Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, Irène Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, Peter Brötzmann, Mike Osborne, Keith Tippett, Elton Dean and Harry Miller.

Moholo returned to South Africa in September 2005, performing with George Lewis at the UNYAZI Festival of Electronic Music in Johannesburg. He now goes under the name Louis Moholo-Moholo because the name is more ethnically authentic.

References[edit]

  • Philippe Carles, André Clergeat, and Jean-Louis Comolli, Dictionnaire du jazz, Paris, 1994.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Louis Moholo with Keith Tippett/Mervyn Africa/Pule Pheto Mpumi: Duos Ogun 014
  • Louis Moholo's Bra Louis-Bra-Tebs & Octet Bra-Louis-Bra Tebs/Spirits Rejoice Ogun 017/018
  • Louis Moholo's Viva-la-Black Freedom tour: Live In South Afrika 1993 Ogun 006
  • Louis Moholo's Viva-la-Black Exile Ogun 003
  • Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit An Open Letter to My Wife Mpumi Ogun 031
  • Louis Moholo-Moholo with Marilyn Crispell Sibanye (We Are One) Intakt 145

External links[edit]

  • When free jazz means freedom by Gary May, originally published in French in 2005 in the magazine ImproJazz. This site also includes a 2010 interview with Moholo-Moholo by Olivier Ledure, also originally published in ImproJazz.
  • FMP releases