As a guitarist, Philip Tabane ( 25 March 1934 – 18 May 2018) was an astounding performer on his beloved Gibson sem-acoustic. He recorded from the sixties right through until this century. Although I did not understand Venda, his singing language, his unique musicality, tone and complex rhythmic accompaniments made his performance incredibly dynamic and moving. He called it a kind of ‘spirit’ music, and it was. However big or small the venue, it was always packed when Malombo performed, much dancing and ululations, and women shouting ‘Chisa! Chisa!’ (‘Hot! Hot!). Philip Tabane, the closest axeman Sefrika ever had to a Hendrix.
Philip Tabane 1976
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Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.