Kintsho Ka Tshabalala (also known as ‘The Bongo Man’) was born in South Africa a long time ago. He’s an Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Musician, Producer, Fashion Designer and Teacher. His career boasts an impressive and exhaustive list of credits. As an actor in the early 60′s he appeared in the film classic ‘Zulu’ with Michael Caine. As a musician in South Africa at a very early age he led a very successful chart-topping Penny-whistle band. As a dancer he performed (more than once) at The Royal Command Performances for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (as part of a South African Dance Ensemble). As a percussionist (what he’s best known for) he toured the world many times over, playing alongside Africa’s first lady of song Miriam Makeba and later the legendary South African trumpeter and band-leader Hugh Masekela.
Eventually Kintsho moved to London and joined African Big Band Osibisa. He also worked at legendary Jazz Club Ronnie Scott’s where he got to meet and play alongside Jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. His love of music and dance eventually led him to the streets of Harlem, where he established himself as a much in demand session musician, working and touring with such music legends as George Benson, Donny Hathaway and Ralph McDonald (at New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall). In the 70’s he was also a member of the very successful Disco group A Taste of Honey. Going from strength to strength he later got involved with the world famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, working with superstar choreographer Debbie Allen (Fame).
After spending some time working and teaching in New Zealand, Kintsho finally settled in Australia in the late 80’s. He worked extensively, splitting his time between studio sessions and live work with bands like Cat, Relax with Max and Scott Carne’s Human Soup. He eventually settled on the Gold Coast in the late 90’s, where he became resident percussionist at Queensland’s infamous Berlin Bar. In the 4 years he spent there, Kintsho (along with musical partner Don Nadi) managed to achieve almost legendary status, working alongside some of the biggest names in dance music, including: Bob Sinclar, Derrick Carter, Dimitri from Paris, Masters at Work (Little Louie Vega & Kenny Dope Gonzalez), Lee Burridge, Dj Pierre. Mateo & Matos, Miguel Miggs, Sandy River and many more…
*** It is now time for us to ‘GIVE BACK’ and support our friend in need… All proceeds from this concert go to help pay for the much needed ‘special’ cancer treatment our dear friend Kintsho needs. ***
A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie