All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Winston Mankunku Ngozi

Winston Mankunku Ngozi Winston Mankunku Ngozi

He was born in Retreat, Western Cape, in 1943, the first child in a musical family. He played piano at the age of seven, and later clarinet and trumpet. In his mid-teens he learned the alto and tenor saxophone. He cites John Coltrane, local saxophonist “Cups & Saucers”, pianist Merton Barrow, as well as bassist Midge Pike as major influences.

Mankunku chose to remain in his native Cape Town during apartheid. This meant that he was subjected to the Separate Amenities Act and similar apartheid legislation. A classic tale tells of his performance with an all-white big band in the Cape Town City Hall in 1964, where, because a mixed-race band was unlawful, he was forced to play behind a curtain so as to remain out of sight.

In 1968 he recorded the famous blockbuster “Yakhal' Inkomo”, with Early Mabuza, Agrippa Magwaza and Lionel Pillay. It won him the Castle Lager “Jazz Musician of the Year” award for 1968. Another colleague was Abdullah Ibrahim.

He died on 13 October 2009 after a long struggle with illness.


Tags

Photos

Albums

Album Abantwana Be Afrika by Winston Mankunku Ngozi

Abantwana Be Afrika

Sheer Sound
2003

buy
Album Molo Africa by Winston Mankunku Ngozi

Molo Africa

Sheer Sound
2002

buy
Album Yakhal' Inkomo by Winston Mankunku Ngozi

Yakhal' Inkomo

World Record Co.
1968

buy

Watch

Similar

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.

MUSICSTACK
Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers
AMAZON
CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more
HD TRACKS
Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads
CD UNIVERSE
Specializing in music, movies and video games
REVERB
Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.