The Art Of Noise

by Noise Khanyile

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A Shifty Record release produced and recorded by Lloyd Ross

Liner notes from the Globestyle Release:
This album demonstrates Noise Khanyile’s range of both traditional and jive music. In 1960 he began to play shebeens, and he also learned how to play the violin. His violin playing was influenced by Mareza, probably the most famous jive violist of the early ’60s.

Noise Khanyile - violin, vocals, guitar
Boxer - bass
Sobiziwe - concertina
Joseph Malema - electric guitar
Ian Herman - drums
Reggie Mfeka - drums
Pat Khanyeza - backing vocals
Temple Sedibe - backing vocals

Amagugu Akwazulu is:
Dudu Hlophe - vocals
Marjorie Nombebe - vocals
Julie Mangqu - vocals


In 1964 Noise was still playing acoustically. He did not begin to play in a band that used drums until 1969. He went to Trutone Records, made a record, switched to EMI’s Umsakazo label but although the worked hard at several sessions, the result in being paid was a session fee of about 8 rands ( UKP 0.50) per side.

Noise Khanyile -Dlamini

In 1972 he recorded with the Boyoyo Boys, a big jive band at the time. He worked with the legendary producer West Nkosi on sessions like ‘2 Mabone’ which went gold twice for the FGB label. These ‘Mabone’ records were a bit of a craze among jive musicians. Mabone means headlight and the number describes the number of headlights on a car. There were loads of Mabone titles ‘3 Mabone’, ‘4 Mabone’ etc.

But jive music had not made much progress since it originated and consequently the newer sounding disco took over as a popular form in the mid-’70s. Jive as a music form was put into the shade by disco for some time, but Noise remained optimistic about its survival. Noise has never made disco records, he went back to the traditional music and also marabi, an early jive guitar picking style, where the instrumentation is guitar picking and rhythm guitar, plus occasional addition of saxophone, but no drums or bass guitar.

Noise Khanyile -Via Scotch Land
In 1989 Noise had recorded with Mahlatini, the renowned groaner, and he made a special appearance as a member of the Jo’burg City Stars’ that same year. More on this collaboration later…
Noise Khanyile -The Art Of Noise with the Jo’burg City Stars & Amagugu Akwazulu


released May 31, 1989


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Noise Khanyile KZN, South Africa

Zulu multi-instrumentalist *Noiseh Khanyile has been incorporating violin and mandolin into both his traditional and township jive performances since the late 60's. He has played with many of the hottest acts in South Africa including the legendary Boyoyo Boys of Johannesburg. ... more

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