Died: 9th September 2008 England
Proper recognition of this fine multi-instrumentalist's (piano, composer, vocals, saxophone, guitar) talents seemed long in coming, but since 1991 this modest and dignified performer has been very much in the limelight
touring internationally and releasing several albums with major record labels, as well as featuring on some massive releases from other artists.
Bheki Mseleku arrived on the Johannesburg music scene in 1975 as an electric organ player for an R&B outfit, and has over time adapted and grown into one of the world's finest musicians.
He is one of a number of supremely talented musicians who left South Africa and its oppressive apartheid system to take up residence in London, leaving South Africa's shores in the late 70's.
After extensive touring around Europe and the U.K., his debut performance at Ronnie Scott's in London 1987 saw him teaming up with some of the more prominent figures from London's Jazz revival scene.
This eventually lead to the release of his star-studded debut album "Celebration" in 1991, featuring the likes of Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson, Eddie Parker, Jean Toussaint, Michael Bowie and Marvin Smith
The album was well received and supported with a heavy touring schedule, and a deserved nomination for British Mercury Music Prize for Album Of The Year.
Bheki Mseleku Discography
|Bheki Mseleku||Celebration (Album)||World Circuit||UK||1992||Sell This Version|
|SA CD 001||Bheki Mseleku||Meditations (CD, Album)||Samadhi Records||SA CD 001||UK||1992||Sell This Version|
|Bheki Mseleku||Timelessness (Album)||Verve Records||France||1994||Sell This Version|
|314 521 337-2||Bheki Mseleku||Meditations (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Verve Records||314 521 337-2||USA & Europe||1994||Sell This Version|
|Bheki Mseleku||Star Seeding (Album)||Verve Records||US||1995||Sell This Version|
|Bheki Mseleku||( Beauty Of Sunrise ) (Album)||Verve Records||Europe||1997||Sell This Version|
|SSCD 094||Bheki Mseleku||Home At Last (CD, Album)||Sheer Sound||SSCD 094||South Africa||2003||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|Wild 005||The Bomb Droppers* Feat. Bheki Mseleku||The Bomb Droppers* Feat. Bheki Mseleku - Supercharge / Once In Our Lifetime (12", W/Lbl, Sta)||Wildlife (2)||Wild 005||UK||1998||Sell This Version|