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Pat Matshikiza // Sikiza Matshikiza LP

Pat Matshikiza // Sikiza Matshikiza LP

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A reissue of a record released in 1976 by Pat Matshikiza, a key figure in the South African jazz scene.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Born in 1938 in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Pat Matshikiza grew up in a musical family. His uncle, Todd Matshikiza, was a jazz columnist for drum magazines in the 1950s. Pat was educated at St. Matthews, a historic mission school in Keiskamahawk, where he played the organ. Performing and graduating with a teaching diploma, he moved to Johannesburg in 1958 and joined a community of professional black musicians centered around Dokei House, the headquarters of the Union Artists and African Music and Drama Society. Here, Pat Matshikiza joined the Jazz Dazzlers, a big band led by esteemed saxophonist Mackay Davache, as pianist, and later played with the Malombo Jazz Man at the Castle Lager Jazz Festival in 1962. He joined the Early Mabuza Quartet, a group that shared the championship.

Pat Matshikiza, who recorded on the As-Shams/The Sun label in the 1970s, collaborated with saxophonist Kippy Moeketsi on the 1975 collaboration album Tshona! Pat's solo debut album "Sikiza Matshikza" has been released.The members on this album are from the early days of the group that became Spirits Rejoice in 1976: Duke Makashi on tenor sax, George Taifmani on trumpet, Sifo Gumede on bass, Gilbert Matthews on drums and Sandile Rejoice on guitar. Shange (pictured alongside Pat Matshikiza in the album cover photo) welcomes him.

In the 1980s Pat Matshikiza retired from the jazz scene to earn a more stable income as a resident pianist on the hotel circuit. He revived his jazz career in the 2000s, playing clubs in Johannesburg and releasing a live album Originals (2004) and a retrospective Seasons, Masks and Keys (2005). He retired in 2011 after suffering a stroke, and his health continued to deteriorate until his death in 2014. Pat Matshikiza's mid-70s recordings mark the pinnacle of his career and are an integral part of the history of South African jazz on record.We hope these reissues highlight his artistic legacy and allow him to share his work with jazz lovers around the world. "

Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more We Are Busy Bodies releases available at Tobira.

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Includes DL code. 12" black vinyl. Edition of 700.

We Are Busy Bodies:

" Born in Queenstown in South Africa's Eastern Cape province in 1938, Patrick Vuyo Matshikiza was raised in a musical family. His uncle Todd Matshikiza was a jazz columnist for Drum Magazine in the 1950s and composed the music for King Kong - the all-black musical from 1958 that played in London's West End and launched the career of singer Mariam Makeba. Pat was educated at St. Mathews, an historic mission school in Keiskammahoek, where he played organ and graduated with a teacher's diploma. He migrated to Johannesburg in 1962 and joined the community of professional black musicians that orbited Dorkay House, headquarters of Union Artists and the African Music and Drama Association. It was here that Matshikiza was enlisted as a pianist for the Jazz Dazzlers, a big band led by esteemed saxophonist Mackay Davashe. then go on to join the Early Mabuza Quartet, a group that shared first prize with the Malombo Jazz Man at the Castle Lager Jazz Festival in 1964.

Recording for the As-Shams/The Sun label in the 1970s, Pat Matshikiza released the collaborative album Tshona! with sax giant Kippie Moeketsi in 1975. The album was followed in 1976 by Sikiza Matshikza, Pat's solo debut with Moeketsi appearing as a featured artist The personnel on the album were an early iteration of the group that would become Spirits Rejoice in 1977, with Duke Makasi on tenor sax, George Tyefumani on trumpet, Sipho Gumede on bass, Gilbert Mathews on drums and Sandile Shange (who appears alongside Matshikiza and Moeketsi on the album's cover photo) on guitar.

In the 1980s, Matshikiza withdrew from the jazz scene to pursue a more stable income as a resident pianist on the hotel circuit. He resurrected his jazz career in the 2000s, performing in Johannesburg clubs and releasing the live album Originals (2004) and retrospective album Seasons, Masks and Keys (2005). He retired in 2011 after suffering a stroke and his health steadily declined until his death in 2014. Pat Matshikiza's mid-70s recordings mark a high point in his career and are essential documents in the history of South African jazz on vinyl. With these reissues, we hope to bring his artistic legacy to prominence and share his work with lovers of jazz around the world.
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Artist : Pat Matshikiza

Label: We Are Busy Bodies

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A reissue of a record released in 1976 by Pat Matshikiza, a key figure in the South African jazz scene.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Born in 1938 in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Pat Matshikiza grew up in a musical family. His uncle, Todd Matshikiza, was a jazz columnist for drum magazines in the 1950s. Pat was educated at St. Matthews, a historic mission school in Keiskamahawk, where he played the organ. Performing and graduating with a teaching diploma, he moved to Johannesburg in 1958 and joined a community of professional black musicians centered around Dokei House, the headquarters of the Union Artists and African Music and Drama Society. Here, Pat Matshikiza joined the Jazz Dazzlers, a big band led by esteemed saxophonist Mackay Davache, as pianist, and later played with the Malombo Jazz Man at the Castle Lager Jazz Festival in 1962. He joined the Early Mabuza Quartet, a group that shared the championship.

Pat Matshikiza, who recorded on the As-Shams/The Sun label in the 1970s, collaborated with saxophonist Kippy Moeketsi on the 1975 collaboration album Tshona! Pat's solo debut album "Sikiza Matshikza" has been released.The members on this album are from the early days of the group that became Spirits Rejoice in 1976: Duke Makashi on tenor sax, George Taifmani on trumpet, Sifo Gumede on bass, Gilbert Matthews on drums and Sandile Rejoice on guitar. Shange (pictured alongside Pat Matshikiza in the album cover photo) welcomes him.

In the 1980s Pat Matshikiza retired from the jazz scene to earn a more stable income as a resident pianist on the hotel circuit. He revived his jazz career in the 2000s, playing clubs in Johannesburg and releasing a live album Originals (2004) and a retrospective Seasons, Masks and Keys (2005). He retired in 2011 after suffering a stroke, and his health continued to deteriorate until his death in 2014. Pat Matshikiza's mid-70s recordings mark the pinnacle of his career and are an integral part of the history of South African jazz on record.We hope these reissues highlight his artistic legacy and allow him to share his work with jazz lovers around the world. "

Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more We Are Busy Bodies releases available at Tobira.

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Includes DL code. 12" black vinyl. Edition of 700.

We Are Busy Bodies:

" Born in Queenstown in South Africa's Eastern Cape province in 1938, Patrick Vuyo Matshikiza was raised in a musical family. His uncle Todd Matshikiza was a jazz columnist for Drum Magazine in the 1950s and composed the music for King Kong - the all-black musical from 1958 that played in London's West End and launched the career of singer Mariam Makeba. Pat was educated at St. Mathews, an historic mission school in Keiskammahoek, where he played organ and graduated with a teacher's diploma. He migrated to Johannesburg in 1962 and joined the community of professional black musicians that orbited Dorkay House, headquarters of Union Artists and the African Music and Drama Association. It was here that Matshikiza was enlisted as a pianist for the Jazz Dazzlers, a big band led by esteemed saxophonist Mackay Davashe. then go on to join the Early Mabuza Quartet, a group that shared first prize with the Malombo Jazz Man at the Castle Lager Jazz Festival in 1964.

Recording for the As-Shams/The Sun label in the 1970s, Pat Matshikiza released the collaborative album Tshona! with sax giant Kippie Moeketsi in 1975. The album was followed in 1976 by Sikiza Matshikza, Pat's solo debut with Moeketsi appearing as a featured artist The personnel on the album were an early iteration of the group that would become Spirits Rejoice in 1977, with Duke Makasi on tenor sax, George Tyefumani on trumpet, Sipho Gumede on bass, Gilbert Mathews on drums and Sandile Shange (who appears alongside Matshikiza and Moeketsi on the album's cover photo) on guitar.

In the 1980s, Matshikiza withdrew from the jazz scene to pursue a more stable income as a resident pianist on the hotel circuit. He resurrected his jazz career in the 2000s, performing in Johannesburg clubs and releasing the live album Originals (2004) and retrospective album Seasons, Masks and Keys (2005). He retired in 2011 after suffering a stroke and his health steadily declined until his death in 2014. Pat Matshikiza's mid-70s recordings mark a high point in his career and are essential documents in the history of South African jazz on vinyl. With these reissues, we hope to bring his artistic legacy to prominence and share his work with lovers of jazz around the world.
 "

Artist : Pat Matshikiza

Label: We Are Busy Bodies