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date: 15 October 2019

Ntshoko, Makaya [Makhaya]locked

  • Lars Rasmussen
  •  and Gary W. Kennedy



(b Cape Town, Oct 29, 1939). South African drummer. In Cape Town in 1958 he was a member of the trio led by Dollar Brand (later known as Abdullah Ibrahim). He recorded in Johannesburg in September 1959 in a sextet, alongside Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Kippie Moeketsi, and the double bass player Johnny Gertze, under the leadership of the visiting American pianist John Mehegan. Later that same month, or in the next, he joined the Jazz Epistles, in which Brand replaced Mehegan (who had returned to the USA), and early in 1960 the group recorded the seminal South African hard-bop album Jazz Epistle: Verse I. It disbanded soon thereafter, and Ntshoko returned home to Cape Town, where he formed his own group, the Jazz Giants. In 1962 he recorded the album Jazz Fantasia in a quintet consisting of Moeketsi, Dudu Pukwana, the pianist Gideon Nxumalo, and the double bass player Martin Mgijima....

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