Johnny Dyani

Mbizo Lives On and On…

On 30 November 2016, PASS hosted a 24hr live broadcast at Chimurenga HQ in Cape Town, paying tribute to healer, musician, composer and painter Johnny Mbizo Dyani (30 November 1945 – 24 October 1986). Mbizo Day featured music written and/or performed by Johnny Dyani, as well as rare interviews with the artist, comments by people who knew and worked with him, and tributes from people inspired by his life.

Revisit moments from this dedication via the Pan African Space Station on Mixcloud. We give thanks to Louis Moholo, Ikapa Jazz Movement, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Future Nostaligia, Lesego Rampolokeng and all involved in keeping Mbizo alive.


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3rd & 4th movement – Blue Notes for Mongezi

[display_podcast] Off “Blue Notes for Mongezi”. The remaining 4 Blue Notes, Dudu Pukwana, Chris McGregor, Louis Moholo and Johnny Dyani, recorded this suite, spontaneous compositions, on the day of Mongs’ memorial in London; 3 days after his death (murdered by Apartheid and the coldness of exile and more directly, medical negligence). Hard to find more emotion packed in a single recording.  ( continue reading

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