What people remember about Bassline
Bheki Rashio Nzimande
Sound engineer Bheki Nzimande got his first sound engineering job in 2001 at the old Bassline in Melville. He was still a student then.
Brad Holmes kept him on as the club’s sound engineer until they parted ways in 2004.
“Those days were magical. What I remember most was the authentic nature of the space.” Nzimande recorded Tumi and the Volume’s Live At the
The jazz bassist says he has nothing but great memories of Bassline.
“There are so many good things that happened there for musicians, it was a great vibe and the people were great. Between Bassline and Kippies we had a place where we could play. We miss those days.”
There was a time when Sipho “Hotstix ” Mabuse was the manager of Kippies, another very popular jazz joint. But Bassline was a place he always held in high esteem, despite the competition.
“Bassline was always in competition with Kippies, but Kippies always came out on top. But Brad [Holmes] had been generous to ask me to perform at Bassline. He always overlooked the competitiveness of our venues. I was grateful to perform there and I thank Brad for it.”