Julian Sebothane Bahula (1938-2023)

We mourn the loss of Julian Sebothane Bahula, a distinguished musician, composer, African music promoter in the UK, and passionate political activist. Julian passed away peacefully on Sunday the 1st October @2:30am, surrounded by his loved ones, after a short and courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile duct).

A true pioneer in both music and activism, Julian Sebothane Bahula played an integral role in the fight for a free and democratic South Africa. As a founding member of the renowned Malombo Jazz Ensmble in the early 1960s, he used his music to raise awareness about apartheid and the imprisonment of political activists. His commitment to the cause was unwavering, as he tirelessly fundraised for the exiled African National Congress (ANC).

Julian made history by initiating the campaign for the democratic dispensation & release political prisoners in South Africa. He organise “Free Nelson Mandela Concert” and all political prisoners @ Alexander Park, London to coincide with Mandela’s 65th birthday Concert

He organised the very first “Free Nelson Mandela Concert” at Alexander Palace, London, coinciding with Mandela’s birthday concert, with Anti-Apartheid Movement. Through his music and advocacy, he brought global attention to the struggle for justice and freedom in South Africa

Julian is survived by his loving wife, Pinky Miles-Bahula, and leaves behind a legacy that extends to his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and the global music community. His dedication to the principles of justice and equality will forever inspire us all.

We honor Julian Sebothane Bahula’s memory and the indelible mark he left on the world.

Contact Details:

Rapitse Montsho

Tel: 082 040 5628/074 633 1125