Brian Litvin and Jabulani

Brian Litvin and Jabulani

 Thornhill, Ontario, CAN
BandWorldFolk

Southern African Township rhythms and jazz and combined with Zulu-style guitar and harmonies combine to a create a wonderful sound that is unique, fun and refreshing. Audiences love the energy and groove. Together with Traditional dance creates a fantastic show.

Biography

JABULANI ( Jah- bew-lah-knee)
JABULANI - The Zulu word meaning we are happy.
JABULANI - The name of the band whose music makes one feel happy.

Jabulani, based in Toronto, has been performing their unique brand of World music for eight years in Canada. The band, led by Brian Litvin, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, plays a blend of Township Jive, Zulu Maskande, Traditional Zulu music and South African Jazz. Brian learned these styles first hand from street walking guitar players, migrant workers in hostels, and from the very townships that bred these wonderful sounds. The end product is music that is uplifting and exciting with driving rhythms.

Before coming to Canada, Brian was a successful performer in his native South Africa. Together with his band, Fireflies, and as a solo act, Brian was a well known entertainer at venues and festivals across the country. He was one of a select few musicians that brought traditional Zulu music to white audiences in the days of apartheid South Africa. He also delighted both black and white audiences, with his blending of indigenous musical styles.

After numerous musical collaborations, Brian Litvin has found his nucleus. With the contributions from well known musicians, Mafata Lemphane, from Lesotho, on bass guitar and vocals, the versatile Canadian, George Morellato on drums and vocals, Mafa Makhubalo from Bloemfontein, South Africa, on percussion and vocals, the sound of Jabulani has matured and is now a tight, melodic group who sings in both English and in Zulu. The rhythm section lays down a beautiful foundation underneath Brians traditional thumb and fore finger melodic guitar style to deliver the South African sound at its best.

In addition to enjoying the music, audiences are thrilled by the exciting spectacle of traditional Zulu dance. They are also treated to some entertaining anecdotes from Brians history in South Africa in the days before apartheid fell.

Jabulani has performed on multiple stages from National Music Festivals to official Consular events. Some highlights of the bands performances include Afrofest 2010 Baobab Stage CLosing Act, Mariposa Folk Festival 2009, Afrofest 2008, Bana Y Afrique Music Festival 2008 and 2007, the Variety Club International Gala 2009 and the official Canadian party for Nelson Mandelas 90th birthday.

JABULANI has released a EP entitled Muzis Dream and are in the process of completing their second release of more original material.

This is true world class, world music at its happiest.

Contact: Brian Litvin - jabulani@rogers.com
Hm: 905 881 3410 Cell: 647 886 2789

Lyrics

Walking Song

Written By: Brian Litvin

Walking down the street
Can you feel the beat
Of a zulu guitar

Flying down the stairs
Music in the air
It’s the song of my Heart

Chorus: Ha la la ha la la ha la la ha la la
Ha la laaa ha la laaaa ha la laaa

There’s no time to talk
Playing whilst we walk
Our legs keeping time
Sing and tell your line
Then I’ll tell you mine
And show how we play

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Those days of…wonder…. long since gone
But brothers live and linger on
Alive and well in heart and song
Destinations are unknown
Many seeds that have been sewn
And love that’s grown and grown and grown

Chorus

Pawn shop bought guitar
Carried wide and far
As he sings along
Playing as he walks
Singing as he talks
His walking song

BRIDGE

CHORUS

OUT !!!!

Jo'Burg Town

Written By: Brian Litvin

JO’BURG TOWN Brian Litvin

VERSE

Sunshine feeling,White smiles gleaming
Hills of Gold take me way way back (background: I’Golide)
Taxi’s screaming , downtown Jozi’we (Johannesburg)

Curbside barbers, paint tins for their chairs
Robots red, peddlers run to sell their wares (background: I’Golide)
Oh yeh , I’m back,
back in Jo Burg Town,
X 2

GUITAR RIFFS

CHORUS

NO matter where I lay my head
No matter where I choose to roam
No matter where I make my bed
No matter what I call home

Well, memories pump through my veins
All those feelings still remain
Johannesburg, my days of old
It’s in my soul

VERSE

Blanketed babies, tied on mothers back
Gogo’s walking with head held stack (background: I’Golide) [GoGo = Grandmother]
Barefoot Children, dreaming fantasies

Rosebank pavements, dodge the hawkers
Masks and drums cover sidewalk cracks
Oh yeh , I’m back,
back in Jo Burg Town,
X 2

BRIDGE

Sala Khale , Sala Khale (X 8) [Stay Well]

On last 4 lines:

i’Khaya Lam ngiThanda uKumbule [I love my home]

CHORUS

NO matter where I lay my head
No matter where I choose to roam
No matter where I make my bed
No matter what I call home

Well, memories pump through my veins
All those feelings still remain
Johannesburg, my days of old
It’s in my soul