Ratau Mike Makhalemele

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Ratau Mike Makhalemele was a South African saxophonist, active since the 1960s.

He was a member of the soul-jazz group The Drive during the 1970s.[1]

His album "Searching For The Truth" received a South African Music Award (SAMA) as Best Traditional Jazz Performance in 2000.[1]

In 1990 he released an EP of John Lennon covers called "Mind Games", produced by Trevor Rabin from the bands Yes (band) and Rabbitt.[2]

He has worked as a session musician with a wide range of musicians, including performance on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland.

He died in 2000, aged 58.

His niece is former Miss South Africa and television personality Basetsane Makhalemele.


  1. ^ a b Harris, Craig. "Ratau Mike Makhalemele". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  2. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/mike_mind_games.html Retrieved 21 March 2014