Jimmy Dludlu  

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Location: Cape Town
Jimmy Dludlu
“Jazz maestro”, “guitar phenomenon” or “guitar wizard”, these are the terms some have used to describe the musical genius of Jimmy Dludlu. With three acclaimed albums under his belt and another to follow, this is a far cry from the young boy who at age 13 taught himself how to play the guitar when he picked up his cousin’s home made guitar and started imitating jazz and African music he heard on the radio. His first performances were at township weddings and functions with his cousin but Jimmy’s musical career took off in earnest in the mid 80’s when he worked with a number of southern African bands including Swaziland’s Impandze as well as Anansi with Ghanaian saxophonist George Lee. In 1990 Jimmy worked as a session musician with amongst others McCoy Mrubata and his band Brotherhood which a year later won the Gilbey’s Music of Africa Competition. In September 1990 he took part in the Market Theatre production Conversations with Canadian Bruce Cassidy on trumpet and South African Barney Rachabane on sax. In 1991 Jimmy went to found the highly successful group Loading Zone which went on tour across the continent backing South African legends such as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and Sipho Mabuse. A highlight of his work with Loading Zone was their tour of Namibia in 1992 when they were spotted by Democratic Republic of Congo megastar Papa Wemba who invited the band to tour with him on several dates in Namibia.