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TITLE: SIPHO GUMEDE - DOWN SOUTH
 
 
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Description: Sipho Gumede, a man of extraordinary musical talent, was born in Cato Manor, Durban. His earliest musical memory is of playing guitar and pennywhistle. The guitar was homemade: a 5 gallon tin, wood and fish gut. He and his friends would play the tunes of Spokes Mashiyane, Zakes Nkosi and Lemmy "Special" Mabaso. At the age of 12, Sipho went to stay on a farm some 30kms from Umlazi. He was exposed to many different kinds of music - vocal and soulful traditions, the music of weddings and funerals. After school each day, he'd pass the time watching cattle practicing on a borrowed guitar.This period was crucial in the formation of Sipho's musical outlook. Just before his death from cancer in 2004, he returned to his beloved Kwa Zulu Natal to play his guitar against a backdrop of some of the province’s most stunning landscapes, which take in two World Heritage sites. A Tekweni TV production


 
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