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DEATH OF MR “Q” (article first published : 2008-02-10)

The memorial service to the late Mr “Q” (Gabriel Qunta Mbhele) was held at the BAT Centre’s Sipho Gumede Hall. It was attended by local artists, poets, band members and musicians as well as Mr Q’s previous learners from the BAT Music Skills Programme who gave a live performance honouring their late teacher. Band members from STAX also made an appearance.

The son of Christopher and Rebecca Mbhele, Gabriel Qunta Mbhele was born at Mariannhill Catholic Mission near Pinetown where he started playing the organ at the age of five and wrote his first composition at nine. His first music teacher was a 90 year-old monk from the monastery who introduced him to the beauty and depth of classical church music. As a result, by the time he reached high school he was already performing works by Beethoven, Bach and Mozart.

At the age of fifteen he had already put together his first band before becoming a member of a group at Ongoye (1978–1981) where he studied under the hand of Professor Khabi Mngoma, father to jazz opera diva Sibongile Khumalo. This was where Mr Q obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree and a teaching diploma in 1981.

It came as no surprise that, in 1983, Mr Q founded STAX –the people’s band. This was one of South Africa’s most popular bands to have emerged from KwaZulu-Natal to take the world by storm with hits like Nothing For Mahalla. This double platinum smash single, in 1985, established STAX as a force to be reckoned with in the world of its own sound called Afro–Fusion. In 1985 after a near fatal accident STAX broke up, only to reunite in 2005.

With the passion of his early teachers Mr Q has taught Music Theory at Inhlakanipho High (KwaMashu), Mpumalanga College in Hammarsdale, F.U.B.A in Gauteng and BAT Centre in Durban. He is survived by his father, his two siblings and a daughter.




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