The story of Bayete starts years before their first release under that name. In the early 80’s Mbaqanga stars The Soul Brothers were looking for a group to open for them on their upcoming shows. This opportunity led to the formation of a group named “Jaws (13)” after member Christopher Dlathu. Soul Brothers bassist Zenzele Mchunu would produce and help write their self titled debut album on the Moonshine (4) label but after more than 2 years together the group would disband following his tragic death in 1984. In the months following the death of Zakes that the remaining members of Jaws would meet Linda Bernard. It would be Linda’s support that led them to sign a one record deal with the label and the record their first album under the new name, Bayete. Unfortunately the debut was a flop. Shortly after recording their first album, the band added Jabu Khanyile (drums), Themba Mkhize (keys) and Fana Zulu (Bass) to their roster. Themba and Fana had come over from Sakhile. Originating Bayete member Mfaniseni Thusi also had a short stint and started his musical career in Johannesburg by joining Sakhile. After a failed debut, two year absence from the studio, and a roster that consisted of just two original members, Bayete were ready to make another move. Luckily It was at this time that they would meet talent scout Jerry Mhlanga and sign with the independent Decibel Music, the English division of the parent company De La Music. Going into the studio they had their lead single “Blue Monday” lead single.

Much like the self titled debut, Blue Monday had no real success but it kept the band together and most importantly solidified Jabu as the lead vocalist. After complaints from fans the rest of the band forced him to get up from behind the drums so the crowds could see where his voice was coming from. Continuing to play live shows around Southern Africa it would take Simon Buthelezi accidentally stumbling into one of their shows in Johannesburg for them to sign their first major label deal with EMI. They would record their most successful album to date “ Mbombela“ which had an updated version of their original song “Shosholoza”. This album blended afro sounds, jazz, marabi and kwela. Their intended sound all along. It was still censored at the time of release but the ban was lifted near the end of the decade and even saw the music video for the song being broadcast on state owned stations. From then on the success of Bayete and it’s members was set in motion. While others used the momentum to pursue careers outside of the group and South Africa, Jabu took full control assembling a new group of players and changing Bayete to his backing band. The newly formed Jabu Khanyile & Bayete gained him international fame and won a number of awards including Song of the Year in 94’ for the post-apartheid love ballad “Mmalo we”.


FLAME (V) 4061531 Bayete - Mbombela album art Bayete Mbombela (Album) Flame (13) FLAME (V) 4061531 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
FLAME (V) 4064691 Bayete - Hare Yeng Hae album art Bayete Hare Yeng Hae (Album) Flame (13) FLAME (V) 4064691 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
CIDM1115 Bayete - Mmalo-We album art Bayete Mmalo-We (Album) Mango, Mango CIDM1115 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CDRBL 236 Bayete - Umkhaya-Lo album art Bayete Umkhaya-Lo (Album) Teal Records CDRBL 236 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
CDRBL 251 Bayete - Africa Unite album art Bayete And Jabu Khanyile Bayete And Jabu Khanyile - Africa Unite (Album) Mango, Island Records Ltd. CDRBL 251 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
CDMAGIC (WB)35, 724349308626 Bayete Bayete(CD, Album) The CCP Record Company, The CCP Record Company CDMAGIC (WB)35, 724349308626 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
CDRBL 263 Bayete - Umathimula album art Jabu Khanyile, Bayete Jabu Khanyile, Bayete - Umathimula(CD, Album) Teal Records CDRBL 263 South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
CDRBL 276 Bayete - Thobekile album art Bayete And Jabu Khanyile*, Bayete And Jabu Khanyile* Bayete And Jabu Khanyile*, Bayete And Jabu Khanyile* - Thobekile(CD) Ccp Records (3) CDRBL 276 South Africa 2000 Sell This Version
CDHEITA 003 Bayete - Hiyo Lento album art Jabu Khanyile, Bayete Jabu Khanyile, Bayete - Hiyo Lento(CD, Album) HEITA! Records CDHEITA 003 South Africa 2005 Sell This Version
STIDMC 053 Bayete - Uzophumelela album art Kilamafra & Bayete Kilamafra & Bayete - Uzophumelela(Cass, Album) Sting Music STIDMC 053 South Africa 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DCK (C) 74 Bayete - Blue Monday  album art Bayete Blue Monday (Maxi) Decibel Music DCK (C) 74 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
SINCD 210 Bayete - The Remixes album art Bayete The Remixes(CD, Maxi) Teal Records SINCD 210 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version


TELCD 3063 (117) Bayete - SA Gold Collection album art Bayete SA Gold Collection(CD, Comp) Universal Music TELCD 3063 (117) South Africa 2008 Sell This Version