Statue to namesake of Kippies Jazz Club unveiled

Kippie Moeketsi by Guy du Toit and Egon Tania

A bronze sculpture of a lone man seated on a chair and holding his precious saxophone, was unveiled on 25th September.

Kippie Morolong Moeketsi by Guy du Toit and Egon Tania
Kippie Morolong Moeketsi
Kippies 1987
Kippies 1987

Located outside the ‘original’ Kippies Jazz club in Newtown, and designed by Guy Du Toit and Egon Tania, a second empty chair encourages the spectator to sit next to the figure of Kippie Morolong Moeketsi after whom the famous Club was named when it was built in 1987. Modelled somewhat bizarrely on the still extant Edwardian toilet, about 200 metres to the north to the side of the parking lot, the jazz bar was funded by Anglo Vaal to seat about 80 people.


Kippies, the jazz club closes down

Edwardian toilet to north of the present Kippies
Edwardian toilet to north of the present Kippies

The building was closed down in 2005 after it was found to have major structural flaws. The club was moved down to the former Songwriters’ Club in Quinn Street in 2006, but was closed again in 2008. The refurbished 1987 Kippies building  will become an events’ space and a jazz museum rather than a music venue.  Kippie Moeketsi, who played with many of the jazz greats such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Jonas Gwangwa, Hugh Masakela, amongst others, died destitute in 1983 at the age of 58 after many years of alcohol abuse.

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3 thoughts on “Statue to namesake of Kippies Jazz Club unveiled

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  2. I love your background story about the edwardian toilet but I feel that you are not saying enough about a man I consider to be the father of South African Jazz.

    Jeremiah Morolong “Kippie” Moeketsi was a supernova.

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