Caiphus Semenya

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Caiphus Semenya
Born (1939-08-19) 19 August 1939 (age 79)
Johannesburg, South Africa
GenresSouth African jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger
InstrumentsSaxophone, percussion, synthesizer, vocals
Years active1950s–present
Associated actsQuincy Jones, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Miriam Makeba, and many others

Caiphus Semenya (born 19 August 1939) is a South African composer and musician.[1][2] He left South Africa for Los Angeles in the 1960s, together with his wife, singer Letta Mbulu.[3] Among the artists with whom he worked are Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Hotep Galeta, Miriam Makeba, Lou Rawls, Nina Simone and Cannonball Adderley. Semenya also arranged the Swahili chant in the intro to Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" from the 1987 Bad album.[4]



  • The Very Best of Caiphus Semenya (Columbia, 1996)
  • Woman Got a Right to Be (1996)
  • Streams Today... Rivers Tomorrow (Munjale, 1984)
  • Listen to the Wind (CBS, 1982)

With Quincy Jones


  1. ^ "Caiphus Semenya". Discogs. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Caiphus Semenya: Biography by Steven McDonald". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Semenya, Caiphus (South Africa)". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Liberian Girl", Michael Jackson.
  5. ^ Motale, Phalane (13 September 2015). "New awards to honour Afro musos".
  6. ^ "Caiphus Semenya: ACT Lifetime Achievement Award for Music". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  7. ^ "THE 58TH ACADEMY AWARDS: 1986". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 6 May 2016.

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