Sax legend Goduka records his first album at 80

MAKING SWEET MUSIC: Tally Goduka, 80, on saxophone, re c o rd s his first album, featuring musician friends, from left, Joe Putye, 73, Tsuri Mahashe, 65, Retsi Pule, 76, and producer Sakhile Simane, 28. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH
MAKING SWEET MUSIC: Tally Goduka, 80, on saxophone, re c o rd s his first album, featuring musician friends, from left, Joe Putye, 73, Tsuri Mahashe, 65, Retsi Pule, 76, and producer Sakhile Simane, 28. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

A LOVE of music recently saw Tally Goduka, 80, record his first album at Legends Showcase in East London’s Berea. The Mdantsane muso started playing in the late 1950s and has never had the opportunity of recording an album.

“I started in 1958 with a penny whistle at West Bank Location, but later changed to an alto saxophone,” Goduka said. In the early 1960s, Goduka attended Telleric Music School, being tutored by Eric Nomvete.

His musical journey saw him work with a number of musicians from across the country. Now, after more than four decades in the industry, Goduka will finally have recordings of some of his songs.

Goduka is one of the Receipts for Legends Launchpad programme, a partnership between Legends Studio in Berea and the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council ( ECPACC).

The programme aims to preserve the province’s musical heritage by giving musicians like Goduka an opportunity to record their music. Goduka said he was excited about recording after years of performing and teaching.

“Music is my life. I am glad that I will leave something like this when I die,” he said. The saxophone player is also one of the founders of Mdantsane’s GBM Music Academy and studio manager Gary Ndlovu said it had been a dream of his to have his own studio to create programmes that engage and assist the community.

“The atmosphere in studio is electric,” Ndlovu said. “I am humbled to work with such amazing professionals .

“There is a lot of wisdom and every session is a learning oppor tunity,” he said. Ndlovu said this was the first step to creating a platform for legends like Goduka.

“We want the music passed on to the next generation, as well as creating possible market opportunities and income streams for these wonderful musicians who have been playing for over 40 years,” he said.

Ndlovu said Goduka’s project had already created more than nine jobs. Goduka’s upcoming album is produced by internationally acclaimed trumpeter Sakhile Simane, 28, one of Goduka’s music students.

Simane said he was honoured to be producing the legend’s work. The coming weeks, Ndlovu said, would see a photo shoot of Goduka for CD covers. “The last leg of his project is the album launch, at Legends Showcase venue,” he said.

Goduka said: “I cannot wait to finally have my own CD out.” “Our school has three members who tutor music theory and practical in various types of musical instruments,” he said. Legends Showcase engineer

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