Mongezi Feza

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Mongezi Feza (11 May 1945 – 14 December 1975)[1] was a South African jazz trumpeter and flautist.


Feza was born in Queenstown, South Africa, in 1945, into a family of musicians, His elder brother, Sandi Feza, who taught him how to play the trumpet in the dusty streets of Mlungisi township in Queenstown. A member of The Blue Notes, Feza 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.[citation needed] 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 ('Cos 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.

Feza died in London, in December 1975, from untreated pneumonia.[1]


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.


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


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