Founder and bandleader of The Merry Blackbirds and, with his childhood friend Griffiths Motsieloa, co-founder of a variety group called the African Darkies in the mid 1920s. The Merry Blackbirds was the backing band for the variety group. (In the mid-1930s the name of the group was changed to the Darktown Strutters and finally in 1938 to the Pitch Black Follies.)
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Interview with Christopher Ballantine published in South African Music Studies 34-35(1):229-261 ; 2015.
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