What people re­mem­ber about Bassline

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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

Bassline al­bum.

Her­bie Tsoaeli

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.”

Sipho Mabuse

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.”

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