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Sipho Gumede Dies

South African bassist Sipho Gumede died on Monday, July 26, at the Parklands Hospital in Durban, South Africa, reportedly of lung cancer. He was 52 years.

Gumede is pictured with his band Sakhile in the July/August 2004 issue of JazzTimes in the opening spread of Gwen Ansell’s feature “Soweto Blues: Jazz Under Apartheid.” American jazz fans will know his work from two releases Heads Up: Smooth Africa (he co-wrote “Gumba in Durban” and “When Days Are Dark, Friends Are Few.”) and Africa Straight Ahead. A video for “When Days Are Dark, Friends Are Few” can be seen here.

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