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Biography

Jabu Khanyile (1957 – 11 November 2006) was a South African musician and lead vocalist from the band Bayete.

In 1996 he won the Kora award for best Southern African artist. He performed internationally with Youssou N'Dour, Angélique Kidjo and Papa Wemba. He was known for his Pan-Africanist approach to music, attempting to unite different African styles. He generally performed in a Masai costume carrying a trademark fly-whisk, an East African symbol of royalty.

He died in 2006 after a battle with diabetes and prostate cancer.

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