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Origin South Africa
Genres Jazz-fusion
Years active 1987–1993
Labels Gallo, Sony
Members Steve Newman
Gito Baloi
Ian Herman

Tananas, (pronounced tuh-naa-nuhs) is a South African band formed in 1987. Originally it consisted of Mozambican Gito Baloi (bass and vocals), Ian Herman (drums and percussion) and Steve Newman (acoustic guitar).[1] First recorded by the independent label Shifty Records.[2] Tananas combines jazz, Mozambican salsa and township jive (or mbaqanga). They have released eight albums, the last two on the Sony label.

Tananas have built a loyal following in their home country since the late 1980s, and they have performed at WOMAD festivals around the world. They have worked individually or as a band with Paul Simon and Sting,[3] and have shared a stage with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega and Youssou N'dour.[4]

The band broke up in 1993 but did reunite for some performances until Gito was shot dead in Johannesburg on April 4, 2004 while on his way home from a concert in Pretoria.[5] He was 39 years old.



  • Tananas – 1988
  • Spiral – 1990
  • Orchestra Mundo – 1994
  • Time – 1994
  • Unamunacua – 1996
  • The Collection – 1997
  • Seed – 1999
  • Alive in Jo'burg – 2001


  1. ^ "Tananas: Biography". VH1.com Urge Music Downloads. All Media Guide, LLC. 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  2. ^ Makurube, Peter (July 2, 1998). "Tananas together again". ZA@play. Daily Mail&Guardian. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Tananas (South Africa)". South African Music. music.org.za. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  4. ^ "issue 66". SA Rock Digest. 2000. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3600593.stm