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Blake Hellaby


Blake Hellaby is a multi-instrumentalist whose career started in Cape Town, South Africa, but has gone onto perform across Africa and Europe. His music journey started with classical piano lessons at the age of 7 and continued right throughout school. At the age of 14, Blake was introduced to jazz for the first time and was immediately drawn to everything about it. He then started saxophone lessons and was taught by the legendary South African saxophonist, Buddy Wells. The classical expectations of Blake’s school kept him very busy and jazz lessons only started when he finished high-school and started a degree in jazz at the University of Cape Town


Another Perspective

Label: Hellaby House
Released: 2021
Track listing: Wish; In The Darkness - Interlude; Out of the Candlelight; Circumstances; The Lord Is My Shepherd; Your Word Is A Lamp To My Feet; Praise; Cry (intro); Cry; Forward - Interlude; Forward



Label: Hellaby House
Released: 2020
Track listing: Retro-Duction; Trippy: High Rhode; S.Y.B.; Funk Your Life; Loose; Intermood; Searching, Found, Forgotten; 1-2; Hodge; Call-In; Come Over; Pause; Pushing Through; Sunday Chillin'


Article: Multiple Reviews

South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis

Read "South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As sure as the sun will shine on Chapman's Peak and the winds will sweep over Table Mountain, South Africa will continue to flourish and birth new music worthy of worldwide attention. The West may typically pay little to no mind to South African jazz and the artists who shape it, but that has yet to ...


New Beginnings

Label: Under The Influence
Released: 2016
Track listing: Monday; The First Hellabies In Africa; He Who Loves Us; Me; For Shepherd; All That Surrounds Me; Noonku; Thank You Lord for Listening; Time For Change; Take Me To Church; Some Say It's 6


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