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Tsoaeli, Herbie Motlatsi (tsoaedi) (South Africa)  
Herbie Tsoaeli

HERBIE Tsoaeli cut his musical teeth in Nyanga East Township, Cape Town, South Africa, where he was born and raised. Since moving to Johannesburg in 1995 Herbie has developed a reputation as one of the most accomplished and in-demand electric and acoustic bass players in the country.

Herbie performs regularly with Zim Ngqawana, Bheki Khoza, Sibongile Khumalo, and the legendary South African tenor saxophonist, Winston Mankunku Ngozi. He is the featured bassist on Mankunku's 2003 album "Abantwana be Afrika".

bass guitar
Genre: African Jazz, jazz, mbaqanga

A key focus for his creativity has been the quintet Voice, together with Andile Yenana (piano), Sydney Mnisi (saxophone), Lulu Gontsana (drums) and Marcus Wyatt (trumpet). The album "Voice: A Quintet Legacy" was recorded.

Herbie has worked with internationally renowned artists such as the pianists Abdullah Ibrahim and Bheki Mseleku. He has toured the United States and Europe with Zim Ngqawana and has participated in a cultural exchange project with Keith Tippet and his band "Mujician". The project served to showcase the music of the South African diaspora, as advanced by such musicians as the late Chris MacGregor, Dudu Pukwana and Johnny Dyani.

Herbie has also participated in an exchange programme termed "Friends Across Borders" involving musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Germany. In 1997-98, Herbie participated in a sponsored project of 12 musicians brought together to showcase the music of Southern Africa. In addition to a number of rave performances in South Africa and Europe, an outcome of the project was a recording under the name Mahube, which means 'dawn' in the Setswana language of Southern Africa.

Herbie Tsoaeli
Herbie is largely self-taught but has studied through community jazz and music development programmes in Cape Town, especially in the late 1980's when he was a member of the afro-pop groups Ikwezi and Peto. These included the non-profit organisation Music Action for People's Power (MAPP), as well as Merton Barrow's Jazz Workshop in Cape Town.

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