Johannesburg-based group formed in 1984: Jabu Khanyile (lead vocals, drums), Sello Mphatsoane (trumpet), Mfaniseni Thus (trombone, vocals), Themba Mkhize (synthesisers, vocals), Arthur Tshabalala (Piano), Fana Zulu (bass), Johnny Chonco (guitars), Kelly Petlance (alto sax, flute) and Makhaya Mhlangu (percussion).
Released the single “Blue Monday” in 1986. Their debut album was Mbombela (1987) followed by Hare Yeng Hae (1990).
In 1992 Bayete broke up and Jabu Khanyile went solo but continued to call his backing band Bayete, even though the line-up was completely different.
Under this set-up six further albums were released, credited to Bayete but essentially Jabu Khanyile solo albums: Mmalo-We (1993), Umkhaya-Lo (1995), Africa Unite (1997), Umathimula (1998), Thobekile (2000) and Hiyo Lento (2005).