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Musa Manzini: South African Jazz Musician Plays Guitar Through Brain Surgery to Preserve His Talent


When doctors needed to figure out which parts of the brain jazz musician Musa Manzini uses to play, they gave him a guitar during brain surgery. 

Manzini, a musician in South Africa, was kept awake during surgery to remove a brain tumor earlier this month so doctors at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban could preserve the parts of the brain he needs. 

While they delicately probed the musician’s brain to make sure he still had use of the fine motor skills needs for his career, Manzini strummed his beloved guitar.  

“The decision to perform an awake craniotomy rather than one under general anaesthesia was motivated by [doctors’ concerns] to preserve and restore my finger movements, taking into consideration my career as a musician,” Manzini told IOL, a South African news…

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Watch South African Jazz Artist Play Guitar During Brain Surgery


A video of a man playing guitar during a six-hour surgery for a brain tumor has recently surfaced. That man is South African jazz artist Musa Manzini, a music professor and multi-instrumentalist, whose lead instrument is the bass guitar. Over the years, Manzini has performed in many continents and countries, recorded albums as leader and collaborated with such artists as Jonathan Butler and Gavin Minter. However, this is one performance that is likely to remain a stand-out one in his career for quite some time.

The video shows Manzini plucking the strings of an acoustic guitar while lying on his back in the operating theater, surrounded by medical staff. This allowed the doctors to observe which areas of his brain he used to play music, allowing them to preserve those areas and also to restore…

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Here’s why this South African musician played the guitar during his brain surgery


A South African musician made headlines over the past week for playing the guitar during his brain surgery. 

Musa Manzini, a jazz musician, was kept awake during the six-hour operation at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban. According to the doctors, the decision to keep him awake and make him play his guitar was to preserve and restore his finger movements.

The medical technique, known as “awake craniotomy,”  helps doctors in delicate brain operations. 

“It increased the margin of safety for us, in that we could have real-time feedback on what we were doing,” said Dr Rohen Harrichandparsad, one of the neurosurgeons. 

The procedure was captured on video, which showed Manzini strumming away as the doctors worked on him.

“We had to…

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South African Musician Plays Guitar While Surgeons Operate on His Brain


A South African musician played a guitar during his own three-hour-long brain surgery to remove a tumor at Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospital in Durban.

In video footage of the incident Musa Manzini can be seen awake and strumming on an acoustic guitar as several surgeons operated on his brain. The medical technique, known as “awake craniotomy,” aids doctors in carrying out delicate brain operations wile preserving neural pathways.

“It increased the margin of safety for us, in that we could have real-time feedback on what we were doing,” Dr. Rohen Harrichandparsad, one of the operating neurosurgeons, said, according to The Guardian.

“We had to ensure that whatever pathways he was using for music were preserved,” he told The New York Times. “There’s no single pathway, but a multitude…

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‘Open-Minded’: WATCH S African Musician Play Guitar During Brain Surgery


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A South African guitar player, going through an “awake craniotomy”, or a brain surgery operation, when a surgeon removes a brain tumor while the patient is awake, played the guitar so doctors could verify that the operation was a success.

“There you are, do your thing”, one of the operating team said while handing a guitar to Musa Manzini, suffering from a brain tumor.

The performance was a must as an “ability to produce music” proves that the brain is capable of complex operations, thus, is absolutely functional, the Star reported, referring to one of the doctors who took part in the musician’s surgery.

“It increased the margin of safety for us, in that we could have real-time feedback on what we were doing intraoperatively”, the Associated…

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South African jazz artist plays guitar during brain surgery


JOHANNESBURG, Dec 22 (Reuters) – South African jazz artist Musa Manzini has played his music all over the world, but one performance stands out – strumming his guitar while surgeons operated on his brain.

A video of the multi-instrumentalist and university lecturer taken during the six-hour surgery for a brain tumour, shows him lying on his back in the operating theatre, surrounded by scrubbed-up medical staff, plucking the strings of his guitar.

This allowed doctors in the South African city of Durban to observe which areas of his brain Manzini used to play music, allowing them to preserve those areas and also restore some movement to his fingers, which were affected by…

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