Makaya Ntshoko

Makaya Ntshoko

Also known as Makaia Mtshoko, Makaia Ntshoko, Makaya Ntshako, Makaya Ntzhoko, Makhaya Ntshoko, Makuya Ntzhoko, Mokaya N'stehoko, Nakaya Ntshoko, Ntshoko, Ntshoko Makhaya

Discography of Makaya Ntshoko:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Willisau Concert 4 Audio 1976 Hat Hut Records
2 The Willisau Concert 4 Audio 1976 Hat Hut Records
3 Hannibal In Antibes 2 Audio 1978 Inner City Records
4 Makaya & The Tsotsis 5 Audio 1974 Enja Records
5 Soul Eyes / "Jazz" Live At The Domicile Munich 4 Audio MPS Jazz Series


Although the South African career of the drummer Makaya Ntshoko spans but a very short period, his name is legendary.



Born in Cape Town in 1939, he grew up in Langa. Early on he learned from musicians such as George Castle (bass), Banzi Bangani (trumpet), [a=Morris Goldberg] (alto) and the drummers Columbus Phakamile Joya and Maurice Gawronsky. He teamed up with "Dan Boy" Danayi (alto) and Martin "Lilly" Mgijima and had the opportunity to jam and perform with Cups Nkanuka (tenor) and his Peninsula Stars.

In 1959 he joined fellow Cape musicians [a=Dollar Brand] and Johnny Gertze on a trip to Johannesburg where together with [a=Kippie Moeketsi], [a=Jonas Gwangwa] and [a=Hugh Masekela] they formed the legendary Jazz Epistles. The group was committed to serious, progressive jazz and recorded their ground breaking album.


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