Bheki Mseleku - pianist, guitar, saxophonist, vocalist, composer, recording artist
The South African jazz scene is proud of its heritage and the musicians tend to integrate that essence into their style.
Proper recognition of this fine multi-instrumentalist's talents seemed long in coming, but since 1991 this modest and dignified performer has been touring internationally and releasing several albums with major record labels, as well as appearing on 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 ('87) saw him teaming up with some of the more prominent figures from London's Jazz revival scene. He became known for riveting performances which include him doubling on the sax while playing the piano. This led to the release of his debut album Celebration,(1991) the album was well received and supported with a heavy touring schedule, and received a nomination for British Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year.