Mozambican Music Star Gito Baloi Murdered in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa – Mozambican-born composer, bassist and singer,
Gito
Baloi
, was shot in the neck by two men who opened fire on him on Sunday,
April 3rd. The attackers took his wallet. The 39-year-old musician was returning
home after performing at the Lucit Candle Garden in Pretoria.

It is estimated that 20,000 people are murdered in South Africa each year. During 1988 Gito Baloi, Steve Newman and Ian Herman formed a collaboration which
they named
Tananas.
This world music band made several live performances in Namibia, Swaziland,
Mozambique, France, Sweden and Japan. Out of Tananas’s brief four year history
came four highly acclaimed albums: Tananas, Spiral, Time
and Orchestra Mundo. In 1996, Gito as part of Tananas won the “Best Contemporary Jazz Band Award”
at the South African FNB Awards.

Baloi is survived by his wife, Erica Hibbert, and their two daughters, Lorha
(8) and Tivia (6).

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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