Jabula: 1970s

Thunder in their Hearts - South African Jazz in Britain - Francis Gooding

Francis Gooding [+-]
Francis Gooding is a writer and researcher who has published widely on art, music and film. He worked as author and researcher on the Colonial Film: Images of the British Empire project (colonialfilm.org.uk), and is a member of the British Empire at War Research Group. He is a contributing editor to Critical Quarterly magazine, and is the author of Black Light: Myth and Meaning in Modern Painting (Blackwells, 2009).


This chapter looks at the arrival of the second wave of jazz exiles in 1970s, including the core members of the highly political Malombo Jazz Makers, Julian Bahula and Lucky Ranku, who had been at the forefront of the Black Consciousness movement and toured with Biko; the foundation of Jabula, and its very close connection with the AAM and ANC. It also chronicles the arrival of Ernest Mothle, Mervyn Africa, Ipi Ntombi, Pinese Saul, their link-up with existing exiles in the UK and the political scene in London. It describes the contemporary musical and political developments in SA, including A Ibrahim's return to South Africa to found as-shams, the 1976 uprising, and the phenomenon of alcoholism and depression in London among exiles. Finally, it looks at the Increasing musical links with continental solidarity movements, spearheaded by Jabula.

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Gooding, Francis . Jabula: 1970s. Thunder in their Hearts - South African Jazz in Britain. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jul 2025. ISBN 9781781790830. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24996. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24996. Jul 2025

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