The Jazz Ministers – Zandile (Gallo BL 51, 1975)
Victor Ndlazilwane’s Jazz Ministers were one of the great festival bands of the 1970s – it seems that hardly a jazz fest passed without this popular and very accomplished group putting in a turn. Some background on Victor Ndlazilwane and the group has been provided on Electric Jive already (Nomvula’s Jazz Dance, here); the LP we share today is the 1975 set Zandile, once again featuring the teenage Nomvula Ndlazilwane at the ivories, and the great Johnny Mekoa on flugelhorn. The Zandile LP was reissued with a different cover in 1981 (check the flatinternational page, here, for details on both issues of this great album), and for a live version of ‘Take me to Brazil’, check the Strut LP Next Stop Soweto, vol 3, here.
Johnny Mekoa – Flugelhorn
Victor Ndlazilwane – Tenor sax
Nomvula Ndlazilwane – Piano
Boy Ngwenya – Bass
Shepstone Sothoane – Drums and cow bell
Produced by Ray Nkwe