Zim Ngqawana

Portrait of the singer Tutu Puoane

 

Update 10. Mai 2011:
Zim Ngqawana brach heute früh bei einer Probe zusammen und starb an den Folgen eines Infarkts. Wir trauern um einen herausragenden Musiker, der die gegenwärtige Jazzszene Südafrikas massgeblich geprägt hat.
 
Zim Ngqawana begeisterte mit seinem Timbre und einem faszinierenden Wechsel zwischen melodischem Gesang und energiegeladenem Free Jazz.
Der südafrikanische Saxophonist löste in seiner Heimat Diskussionen aus. Manche verdächtigten ihn wegen der verwendeten Xhosa-Gesangsstrukturen und der an Dorfleben erinnernden Mundharmonika, Fahrradklingeln und Trillerpfeifen des Traditionalismus. Anderen galt er als elitär, da er seine Kompositionen immer in Suiten strukturierte. Doch Ngqawana verband das Alte mit dem Neuen, und sein pulsierender, und in jüngster Zeit mit elektronischen loops bereicherter Sound erkundete Grenzen. Bei seinen letzten Konzerten im bird's eye am 4. und 5. Juli 2008 stellte er die hier im Jahr zuvor aufgenommene CD Zimology Quartet live at bird's eye vor.

CD cover Zimology Quartet live at bird's eye

 

 

 

 

CD: Zimology Quartet live at bird's eye (liner-notes):
I have great pleasure in introducing Ayanda Sikade and Nduduzo Makhathini on their first European tour with me. I am moved by the intensity of their performance, particularly Nduduzo's arrangement of Afro Blue which has been added to our Book. This composition is a link between a Cuban composer, Mongo Santamaria, John Coltrane (who popularised it) and Africa.
Performing at the bird's eye jazz club in Basel the Zimology Quartet paid tribute to Makaya Ntshoko the legendary drummer of Jazz Epistles fame who has made Basel his new home. He is one of the men who paved the way for us, who made our careers possible. They set the standards for us, they made the sacrifices.
They left home to establish a South African Sound, a South African vibration, a South African resonance, a thought process – a yearning for freedom. Our sound is a bit like that – it is not a sound for entertainment – it is a sound for inner attainment. We hope that through sound, music, vibrations, resonance we will perpetuate life, existence – sound, love, life!
All the music here is firsttakes and no overdubs. Please listen with all your senses and enjoy - Zimology

1. Afro Blue 18:05
2. Qula Kwedini 04:51
3. Biological Warfare 18:07
4. Meditation #1 02:58
DJ Zim Suite 21:09
5. First Movement
6. Second Movement
7. Third Movement
8. Fourth Movement
9. Rap 05:38
10. Hipmonk 06:35

line-up:
Zim Ngqwana: wood-winds, kalimba, isikhova, vocals, piano on track 5 (1st - 3rd movements)
Nduduzo Makhathini: piano and vocals
Herbie Tsoaeli: bass and vocals
Ayanda Sikade: drums and vocals

Produced by: Zimology
Published by: Ingoma
Recorded at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club, Basel 29 April 2007
Recording Engineer: Michael Scherrer
Tour Organiser & Photographs: Veit Arlt

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Concert review by Lewis Nkosi
The late South African writer, who had made Basel his temporary home in the later stage of his life, wrote a review of the concert. It is available here for download courtesy of Nkosi's partner Astrid Starck.