February 13, 2010

"The Monk" 1973 to 2001

Moses Taiwa "The Monk" Molelekwa(born April 17, 1973 in Tembisa; died February 13 2001) was a pianist, producer from a family of jazz musicians. He was a genius of our times who played outside South African tradition or society. He also did work beyond jazz with TKZee.

He also played with Miriam Makeba, Jonas Gwangwa, and others. In 1988 Hugh Masekela asked him to join his bands and this period saw him winning the first of several awards. His solo career began in 1994 with the debut Finding Oneself. By 1996 he had gained widespread attention as a solo artist winning two FNB South Africa Music Awards for traditional jazz and was seen as a rising star in South African jazz.

May his soul rest in peace.

No comments: