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date: 19 April 2021

Mankunku (Ngozi), Winston locked

  • Nishlyn Ramana

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(b Cape Town, June 21, 1943). South African tenor saxophonist. He grew up in a musical family and began playing piano at the age of ten. From his mid-teens he taught himself to play alto and tenor saxophones, and his formative influences were John Coltrane, the South African saxophonist Cups and Saucers Nkanuka, and the double bass player Midge Pike, with whom he played his first professional engagements. He worked extensively with most of the major South African jazz artists and groups, including Chris MacGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Barney Rachabane, and Victor Ntoni, as well as the Soul Jazz Men. Unlike many of his colleagues who left South Africa in the 1960s to further their careers in Europe and the USA, Mankunku remained in the country. During a performance in Cape Town with an all-white big band he was obliged to play hidden behind a curtain because mixed-race bands were deemed unlawful by the apartheid government. Following the release in ...

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