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Gideon Nxumalo

Gideon Nxumalo

Gideon Nxumalo


Gideon “Mgibe” Nxumalo (1929-1970) is best known in his home land of South Africa. There he was not just a musician, but also a composer, writer, actor and artist. From about 1950 to 1970 Gideon was prolific in his jazz career while continuing to be a productive cultural hero for the nation of South Africa. His efforts have led him to work with other South African jazz musicians such as Kippie Moeketsi(sax) and Dudu Pukwana(sax/piano) in his 1962 live recording "Jazz Fantasia". Read more on Last.fm
Gideon “Mgibe” Nxumalo (1929-1970) is best known in his home land of South Africa. There he was not just a musician, but also a composer, writer, actor and artist. From about 1950 to 1970 Gideon was prolific in his jazz career while continuing to be a productive cultural hero for the nation of South Africa. His efforts have led him to work with other South African jazz musicians such as Kippie Moeketsi(sax) and Dudu Pukwana(sax/piano) in his 1962 live recording "Jazz Fantasia".

Despite his strong presence in South Africa, he is virtually unknown anywhere else outside of Africa and his recordings are a rare find. He was able to embrace a full range of composition and craftsmanship across several genres of music from swing and big band tradition to African indigenous music. While Mozart was an essential inspiration to him, as seen in his string quartet writing and his works for chamber orchestra, he also had a strong identity in African choral singing and an uncanny foresight in preempting an age where the orchestral platform would be married to the art forms of his people and people of the African diaspora. Read more on Last.fm.

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