Jabula (isiZulu: "rejoice") was a musical ensemble of South African musicians exiled in England during the Apartheid era,[1] led by Julian Bahula.[2]



The four musicians who became Jabula met in London, where they were living after leaving their native South Africa. The group was formed in 1974 and consisted of:

Between 1975 and 1982, Jabula released five albums.[3] In addition to their own albums, the group also performed with Mike Oldfield for his albums Ommadawn (1975), Incantations (1978), and Amarok (1990).

On 21 July 1979, Jabula appeared at the Amandla Festival along with Bob Marley, Dick Gregory, Patti LaBelle and Eddie Palmieri, among others.[4]

Their second album, Thunder into Our Hearts (1976), is dedicated to the trumpeter Mongezi Feza (1945–1975), with whom the group played in the run-up to its recording, but who had died.




  1. ^ "Jabula" Archived 2020-08-09 at the Wayback Machine, Strut Records, 21 October 2014.
  2. ^ Biography at Jabula Music.
  3. ^ "Artists and Albums of the '70s and '80s | Jabula". Jazz Rock Soul. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Amandla: The Festival of Unity, 1979", bobmarley.com.