An impresario in every sense of the word, Jabu Hlongwane’s career has encompassed the role of concert designer, producer, artist, arranger, record company executive and entrepreneur. Born in 1961 in the small township of Dlamini in Soweto, Hlongwane is one of seven children and was raised in a religious household.
He spent his formative years in Soweto before moving to KwaZulu-Natal with his family where he finished schooling at Amangwe High School.
Hlongwane’s affinity for music started in high school where he was an active member of the school choir.
This love for music extended beyond the school grounds as he learned how to play the guitar and formed a trio with his younger brother and sister, as the family settled in KwaZulu-Natal.