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Russell Herman

Outdoor Jazz Festival


Herman grew up in District Six; after his parents died, he lived with his older brother. At the age of fifteen he went from school to concentrate on the music. He first studied autos with the jazz and the Spanish guitar (one of his early bands Estudio is named after a play by Andrés Segovia). Soon he played with Abdullah Ibrahim and with Basil Coetzee and founded his own fusion bands such as District Six, Oswietie and together with Bheki Mseleku and Sipho Gumede Spirits Rejoice. [1] With Robbie Jansen, pianist Tony Cedras, flutist Qadir Khan and violinist Louis Wald, he founded Estudio, for which he also composed and arranged.


In 1982 he moved to London, where he worked with Brian Abrahams and his band (which was also called District Six) and founded Kintone as his own project. He also began to work as a music producer. When Mseleku followed London in 1987, he played in his band and supported him in his future career. As a producer, he has appeared outside of Mselekus Celebration with albums by North Indian flautist Deepak Ram and drummer Vusi Khumalo. He continued with Winston Mankunku as well as with Hi-Life International and was involved in the recording of Jonas Gwangwa's album Flowers of the Nation.


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Taken in August 1983