Director: Nhlanhla Masondo
Cinematographer: Mbali Mdluli, Similo Gobingca
Language: English, Zulu with English subtitles

  • DURATION : 90 min
  • COUNTRY : South Africa


Multi-instrumentalist, music historian and philosopher, Ndikho Xaba has led an extraordinary life dedicated to music and Africa. From his roots playing an organ at home to international stages, some shared with Sun Ra, he has created music described as spiritual, eclectic and ground breaking. His first public performance in 1960 in  Mkhumbane , the musical written by Alan Paton and Todd Matshikiza, set in motion events that culminated in his exile in the USA. His time in Chicago and his subsequent return to South Africa render precious insights in to the history of the country s performing arts. Including rare archival footage of his early performances and accolades from some of South Africa's greatest musical icons, this is an ode to a man  whom Jazz is too small to define .


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