Malombo music pioneer and guitar genius Dr Philip Tabane passed away on this day in 2018. The man whose unique sounds inspired generations of musicians whose craft is rooted in the beating of the cowhide drums synonymous with his Malombo music was sent off to the blowing of flutes, trumpets and beating of drums. Pictures by Lucas Ledwaba

The original members of the Malombo drummer Julian Bahula and flautist Abbey Cindi flanked by poet and artist Lefifi Tladi lead pall bearers at the funeral of their friend Dr Philip Tabane in Mamelodi. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
a flautist blows farewell notes to the departed master. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Malombo music pioneer Dr Philip Tabane was sent off to the beating of drums at the Mamelodi cemetery. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
a send-off to the beating of drums. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Pallbearers stand guard during the funeral service of Dr Philip Tabane at the Mamelodi Cemetery near Tshwane. Tabane died in hospital on 18 May after a long illness. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
Mourners pray at the funeral service of Dr Philip Tabane who pioneered the Malombo music genre in Mamelodi. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media
A mourner sings a hymn during the funeral service of the late Dr Philip Tabane in Mamelodi. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba/Mukurukuru Media

Further reading on Dr Philip Tabane:

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/sundayworld/lifestyle/talk/2018-05-27-a-healer-of-troubled-souls-dr-malombo-shunned-fame/

https://www.news24.com/citypress/voices/tabane-reached-into-the-depths-of-the-human-soul-to-heal-to-hurt-to-torment-20180525

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