Julian Bahula obituary

Drummer and bandleader who broke apartheid laws and promoted African music nights at the 100 Club in London

The musician and activist Julian Bahula, who has died aged 85, was the first player to introduce indigenous African drums to South African jazz, an innovation that was crucial to the music of the Black Consciousness Movement in the 1970s.

In political exile in the UK from 1973, he was a tireless activist for the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the African National Congress, gigging at rallies and benefits with his group Jabula. In 1983, working with Mike Terry of the AAM, Bahula organised the first large-scale concert to publicise the fate of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners of apartheid.

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