Before WWII Cecil had a small dance orchestra known as Cecil Sapseid and His Savona Band. After the war, he emigrated to Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) where one of his duties was to go with recording engineers into rural areas to record tribal music on reel to reel recording equipment for re-broadcast on the African Service. It was that music that influenced his composing music such as Imbote, based on a traditional beer drinking song.
During his time in Lusaka he also recorded a weekly musical programme for broadcast on the English Service Radio and also wrote a weekly comedy show for the same broadcasting service.
b. 23 October 1906 in Marylebone, London, UK
d. 25 October 1981 in Fish Hoek, Capetown, South Africa