Mozambican Music Star Gito Baloi Murdered in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa – Mozambican-born composer, bassist and singer,
, 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
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).