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MP3 Gito Baloi - Beyond

Originally from Mocambique, Gito Baloi is an icon in Southern Africa. Since he burst onto the scene as bassist and vocalist with the awesome trio Tananas (featuring Steve Newman on guitar and Ian Herman on drums), his music has touched audiences all over

10 MP3 Songs in this album (42:24) !
Related styles: WORLD: African, REGGAE: Roots Reggae

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Coming to South Africa from his birth land, Mozambique aged just sixteen, Gito Baloi began what was to become an illustrious musical career. By the time he was twenty he was a household name all over Southern Africa touring internationally as vocalist and bassist for the group Tananas. From 1995 he began a concurrent solo recording career, releasing four albums before his untimely death – he was killed in central Joburg, South Africa on his way back from a performance in Pretoria on 4th April 2004.

“Beyond” is a post humous album, ten previously unreleased tracks which Gito had begun recording and which were completed by producer Dave Reynolds and a host of big name studio guests: Steve Newman (of Tananas), Paul Hanmer, Ian Herman (of Tananas), Dave Reynolds, McCoy Mrubata, Moses Khumalo, Pedro Da Silva Pinto (of 340ml), Tlale Makhene, Tony Cox, Frank Paco, Nibs Van Der Spuy, Deepak Ram, Rui Soeiro (of 340ml), Bernice Boikanyo, Paulo Chibanga (of 340ml), Thuli Mdlalose, Eliot Short, Vusi Maseko and Graeme Sacks.

According to Dave “… literally hundreds of unreleased compositions by Gito, recorded but never finally produced or distributed, provide rich ground for an outstanding album. Gito’s fan base speaks volumes for the need for this project: spanning a broad spectrum from youth to the elderly, his audiences included jazz lovers, world music junkies, instrumental and vocal music lovers, across all the colours of our country. His work is a piece of our nation’s collective history. Gito’s themes were timeless and universal, reflecting a deep respect for our country’s culture and ethos. And his values - love, respect, passion, courage and peace – share a vision full of hope for young musicians.“

Beyond is also a charity venture with donations from all the people involved and some funding from the National Arts Council of South Africa. 100% of the proceeds of album sales will go to the GITO BALOI MEMORIAL TRUST a fund which was created for his children.

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