THE year was 1964. The venue was Orlando Stadium, the country’s soccer Mecca and, in the 1960s, the arena of jazz competitions.
The event was the Castle Lager Jazz Festival. Three young men from Mamelodi, Pretoria, the Malombo Jazzmen, caused a stir and left a lasting imprint on the collective psyche of the 60000 revellers.
They were leader and guitar wizard Philip Tabane, flautist and harmonica player Abbey Cindi, and Julian Bahula on skins.