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Johnny Dyani Biography, Wiki, Age, Songs

Johnny Dyani

Johnny Dyani whose full name is Johnny Mbizo Dyani was born on 30th November 1945 in Eat London, South Africa and died on 24th October 1986 in Berlin, Germany. He was a South African jazz double baddist and pianist who performed during the apertheid era and played for almost his entire career in exile.

Johnny Dyani Early Life

According to his biography Johnny Dyani was the son of Ebenezer Mbizo Ngxongwana and his wife Nonkathazo. Dyani was believed to have been a triplet, but both his siblings and his mother tragically died during childbirth. Out of fear that Dyani too would die, the people surrounding him had Dyani baptised immediately and he was named Johnny.
He was adopted by Minnah Dyani who was her step mother but raised him as tho he was her own.

Johnny Dyani Career

Johnny Dyani music career began when he was still young as he used to play piano and also played two self-made instruments: a one-string bass made from a tea box and a stick, and a guitar made from an oil tin. He played on the streets which exposed him to Kwela music.
Johnny Dyani showed musical diversity in his early years as he played drums and trumpets with the boy scouts and a church boy brigade, as opposed to playing the double bass which he became renowned for in his professional career. Dyani found his love for bass when he came into contact with other artists.
He was hired by Chris McGregor who was the founder of ‘The Blue Notes’after hearing him play with pianist Tete Mbambiza making him a member of the group.
In 1964 they were invited to the Antibes Festival in France, the band left South Africa to seek musical and political freedom rom the apartheid government.
The band travelled between Zurich aand Geneva where they played in bars between 1964 and 1965 before settling in London in April 1965 playing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
In 1966, the Blue Notes broke up. Johnny left for Rome to play alongside American saxophone player Steve Lacy. Later that same year, Lacy invited Dyani and Louis Moholo to join him and Enrico Rava to play in Argentina.

Johnny Dyani Songs

  • Jo’burg – New York
  • Grandmother’s Teaching
  • Namhanje
  • Lonely Flower in the Village
  • Confession of Moods
  • Wish You Sunshine
  • Magwaza
  • Blame It On The Boers
  • Ziker
  • Ntsikana’s Bell
  • Ntyilo Ntyilo
  • Year of the Child
  • Saud
  • The Walk Street
  • Eyomzi
  • Heart with Minor’s Face
  • Funk Dem Dudu
  • Dedicated Abdullah Ibrahim
  • Song for Biko
  • Msunduza
  • Kippieology
  • Angolian Cry
  • Does Your Father Know
  • Adhan & Allah-O-Akbar
  • Kalahari Lives
  • Blues for Moyake
  • Moniebah / The Pilgrim
  • Needle Children
  • U.D.F.
  • Portrait of Mosa Gwangwa
  • Pretoria Three
  • Suburban Fantasies