The Marabi Club is the home of superb food and drink accompanied by fine live jazz performances. Visible from the street only by the discreet black canopy above a small metal door in Doornfontein, downtown Johannesburg, the Marabi Club harks back to a vibrant history.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the rise of the Doornfontein slumyards, created in the wake of one of the world’s richest gold rushes, gave rise to an urban culture known as ‘marabi’. As the foundation of this new culture, the music was energetic and improvisational. It was a lifestyle prompted by the need to escape the hardships of the working week – defined by illegal shebeens, where the fierce talk of politics was accompanied by the equally disruptive soundtrack of jazz.
Today the Marabi Club, tucked into the basement of Hallmark House, evokes this history through the many careful details of the club’s interior. Add excellent food, a long bar, jauntily dressed waitrons offering friendly and slick service, and live jazz, and you’ll get why most people who visit this Maboneng landmark are captivated by the electric atmosphere.
We recommend that you try if for yourself… the Marabi Club is one of Jozi’s hottest and most authentic music and dining experiences.
Born in Johannesburg and educated at the Silwood School of Cookery in Cape Town, Katlego’s first placement was at La Colombe, which was announced South Africa’s number one restaurant at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. He has also done stints at The Roundhouse (where Eat Out Top 10 restaurant Salsify is now situated) and other top culinary establishments. “I cut my teeth under the leadership of some of the country’s most talented and celebrated chefs, including Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen, and John Shuttleworth of Rust en Vrede,” he explains.
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