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Friday, 04 September 2009 13:58

Gito Baloi courtesy Sheer Sound South Africa

Gito Baloi

Born: September 30, 1964, Mozambique

Died: April 4, 2004, Johannesburg, South Africa

Age: 39

Cause of death: Shot by murdering thieves for his wallet.

Notable because: A respected and well loved South African based bass player senselessly killed to become another statistic of South Africa's culture of crime.

Gito Baloi, a bass guitarist originally from Mozambique, lived and performed in South Africa for many years. He was shot dead in Johannesburg city centre, in an apparent robbery. His murder came one week before 2004's general election, in which South Africa's high crime rate was supposedly an important issue with annual murder artes running at About 20,000.

Gito Baloi, 39, was driving home from a gig in Pretoria when he was attacked. Eyewitnesses say he was shot three times through the window of his car by two men as he dropped off a friend in central Johannesburg. Mr Baloi managed to stagger away from his car, before he collapsed and died. The murderers took his wallet, but his musical equipment was left at the scene.

The bass guitarist's musical career had a humble beginning, as he performed his first live gigs with a borrowed instrument in his native Mozambique. His innovative sound reached South Africa during a 1986 tour.

Originally known for his collaborations and as a member of the trio Tananas, his haunting voice and bass guitar also shine through his solo albums "Ekhaya"(1995), Na Ku Randza"(1997), "Herbs & Roots"(2003) and the posthumously released "Beyond" (2008).

His friend South African musician Tim Parr wrote a moving pice in his memory called 'Nothing in this world'.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2009 14:52

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