group, chess. In 1986 they released Down By The River, an album composed and produced by George van Dyk of hotline. other members of chess were Jean
chellew, Irene Coetzee, Aston Jarrod of cinema fame as well as Todd Twala, who later created Baobab, which developed into the internationally acclaimed
musical “Umoja” with thembi nyandeni, known for her role as King Shaka’s mother Nandi in the film Shaka Zulu. Born and bred in Mofolo-north, Soweto,
thembi befriended todd at primary school and joined Ipi tombi in 1976. the sound track of Umoja, The Spirit Of Togetherness, produced by Fernando Perdigao,
was nominated in the Best producer category of SaMa 8. In the very same year – 1976 – they released another album, Make Your Move, with penny rose
replacing Aston Jarrod on drums. the success of chess was shortlived and the untimely death of Thelma Segona Robbed local music of a real gem.