About the Band
JABULANI – The Zulu word meaning “we are happy”.
JABULANI – The name of the band whose music makes one feel happy.
Enjoy the fun happy sound of Brian Litvin and Jabulani. Based in Toronto, Ontario, this band provides the exciting happy sounds of South Africa which, together with exotic traditional dancing provides an exciting experience to any audience.
The band, led by Brian Litvin, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, plays a blend of Township Jive, Zulu Maskande, Traditional Zulu music and South African Jazz. Brian learned these styles first hand from street walking guitar players, migrant workers in hostels, and from the very townships that bred these wonderful sounds. The end product is music that is uplifting and exciting with driving rhythms.
After numerous musical collaborations, the sound of Jabulani has matured and is now a tight, melodic group who sings in both English and in Zulu. With the contributions from well known musicians, George Morellato on drums and vocals, Gideon Sipho Litvin on bass and vocals, Mafa Makhubalo on percussion and vocals Brian Litvin (on guitars and vocals) has found his nucleus. The rhythm section lays down a beautiful foundation underneath Brian’s traditional thumb and fore finger melodic guitar style to deliver the South African sound at its best.
GEORGE MORALLETO hails from Schumaker, Northern Ontario, has been playing and teaching drums professionally for over 40 years. He is an extremely versatile drummer and percussionist and has been a key member in multiple ensembles including Out-A-Sight and Rumcoco Cafe.
MAFA MAKHUBALO hails from Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is trained in multiple dance disciplines and has studied dance at exclusive Dance schools in South Africa and in Canada. Mafa has performed in Amsterdam, Morroco, Greece and Canada representing South African art and culture.
In addition to enjoying the music, audiences are thrilled by the exciting spectacle of traditional Zulu dance.
Jabulani has performed on multiple stages from National Music Festivals to official Consular events. Some highlights of the bands performances include Mariposa Folk Festival, Afrofest , Winterfolk , Bana ‘y Afrique , the Variety Club International Gala. The band has performed at a multitude of community events including and the official Canadian birthday parties for Nelson Mandela’s 95th and 90th birthdays.
They performed at number of memorial services for Nelson Mandela on his passing, including the official Toronto memorial service at University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, attended by the Lieutenant Governor and Premier of Toronto, amongst other dignitaries.