Bayete - Blue Monday - La Casa Tropical (EU) 12''
Much like the self titled debut, Blue Monday had no real success but it kept the band together and most importantly solidified Jabu as the lead vocalist. After complaints from fans the rest of the band forced him to get up from behind the drums so the crowds could see where his voice was coming from. Continuing to play live shows around Southern Africa it would take Simon Buthelezi accidentally stumbling into one of their shows in Johannesburg for them to sign their first major label deal with EMI. They would record their most successful album to date “ Mbombela“ which had an updated version of their original song “Shosholoza”. This album blended afro sounds, jazz, marabi and kwela. Their intended sound all along. It was still censored at the time of release but the ban was lifted near the end of the decade and even saw the music video for the song being broadcast on state owned stations. From then on the success of Bayete and it’s members was set in motion. While others used the momentum to pursue careers outside of the group and South Africa, Jabu took full control assembling a new group of players and changing Bayete to his backing band. The newly formed Jabu Khanyile & Bayete gained him international fame and won a number of awards including Song of the Year in 94’ for the post-apartheid love ballad “Mmalo we”