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Merry Blackbirds

Christopher Ballantine

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online - The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition, issue Published in print January 2002 |
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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South African dance band founded in Johannesburg in 1930 or 1931. Initially named Motsieloa’s Band (after its founder and manager, the impresario and entertainer Griffiths Motsieloa), it was established as a five-piece group (two violins, trombone, piano, and drums). In 1932 the band changed its name to the Merry Blackbirds, and around the same time one of the violinists left and an alto saxophonist was added, soon to be followed by a tenor saxophonist and

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