Mongezi Feza

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Mongezi Feza (1945 – 14 December 1975)[1] was a South African jazz trumpet player and flautist.

Biography[edit]

Feza was born in Queenstown, South Africa, in 1945. A member of The Blue Notes, he left South Africa in 1964 and settled in Europe, living in London and Copenhagen. As a trumpeter, his influences included hard bopper Clifford Brown and free jazz pioneer Don Cherry. After The Blue Notes splintered in the late 1960s, he played with British rock musician Robert Wyatt,[2] progressive rock band Henry Cow, and most extensively with fellow ex-Blue Notes musicians Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor and Dudu Pukwana.[1] Feza's compositions "Sonia" and "You Ain't Gonna Know Me ('Cause You Think You Know Me)" remained in the repertoire of his colleagues long after his death. In the early 1970s, Feza was also member of the afro-rock band Assagai.

He died in London in December 1975 of untreated pneumonia.[1]

Discography[edit]

Album appearances[edit]

with Harry Miller's Isipingo[edit]

with Dudu Pukwana[edit]

Underground recordings[edit]

  • 1965 The Blue Notes featuring vocalist Patrice Gcwabe
  • 1967 The Blue Notes featuring vocalist Tunji Oyelana
  • 1968 Unissued LP (Bootleg) of Brotherhood of Breath.

Bibliography[edit]

Philippe Carles, André Clergeat, and Jean-Louis Comolli, Dictionnaire du jazz, Paris, 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed June 2010
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 267. CN 5585.