Sipho Gumede

Sipho Gumede (1952 – 2004) was a very influential South African musician. Bass player and songwriter and more recently a vocalist.

He started off playing in a band in Durban in 1968. Went up to Johannesburg in the early 70s where he made a living as a fringe musician until 1975 when he formed Spirits Rejoice.

Recorded the album African Spaces in 1976 and Spirit’s Rejoice in 1980, including the hit “Shine on” (1980). Gumede left to form Sakhile in 1981. Sakhile played a stronger form of African jazz than did Spirit’s Rejoice.

They aligned themselves with the political left and released a number of albums in the 1980s. When the band broke up Gumede pursued a solo career in the 1990s until his death in 2004.

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