Thursday, December 04, 2008
To the Slaughter
In 1968 Winston Mankunku Ngosi - together with bassist Agrippa Magwaza, pianist Lionel Pillay and drummer Early Mabuza - recorded and released the LP "Yakhal' Inkomo" (the bellowing bull; the noise made by cattle as they go to the slaughter). In the same year Winston received the Castle Lager jazz Musician of the Year Award. "Yakhal' Inkomo" became one of the biggest selling jazz albums of all time in South Africa, re-released by Teal in 1975, 1985 and 1989 before making it to CD in 1996.
Imagine how frustrated Winston must have been when this show (and recording) was set up by Ray Nokwe's Jazz Appreciation Society and he found himself stranded at Johannesburg Airport! Its a very good recording of a great evening. Who knows what might have been if Winston had made it. To my knowledge this LP has never been anthologised or re-issued. Looks like a short-run private pressing. I found it by chance in a pile of reject LPs at Chilli Vinyl in Johannesburg on a recent trip. The cover grabbed me and then I couldn't quite believe what I was holding. Funny how the LPs find you.
Mankunku Jazz Show - Live at the Y
1. Love for Sale :: Soul Jazzmen
2. Give Me The Simple Life (feat Vuyiswa Ngwangu) :: Soul Jazzmen
3. Dongmana :: Jazz Faces Quintet
4. My Heart Stood Still :: Lionel Pillay Trio
More information on Winston
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