- West Nkosi
West Nkosi (born Johannes Hlongwane,
1940- October 8, 1998) was a South Africanmusic producer, saxophonist and songwriter.
Nkosi was born in
Nelspruit, South Africa. He was an original member of the Makgona Tsohle Bandwhich backed Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. He was also a producer in the Mavuthela Musicsubsidiary of Gallo Record Companywhere he produced thousands of recordings by several famous South African artists, including the first 22 records for Ladysmith Black Mambazo(he managed the group until their international discovery in 1987). Nkosi also produced all the international releases for Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, and the Makgona Tsohle Band between 1986 and 1991, when he left both the Mahlathini and the Queens and Makgona Tsohle to concentrate solely on producing. Nkosi did, however, return to the recording studio with the critically-acclaimed "Rhythm of Healing: Supreme Sax and Penny Whistle Township Jive", in 1993.
Nkosi was paralyzed in an automobile accident in August 1998, and died from his injuries two months later, at 58 years old.
*Rhythm of Healing: Supreme Sax and Penny Whistle Township Jive (1993)
*Sixteen Original Sax Jive Hits (1991) - Vol 1
*Sixteen Original Jive Hits (2000) - Vol 2
*"West Nkosi, 58, a Producer of South African Musicians" by
Jon Pareles," The New York Times", October 13, 1998
* [http://africanmusic.org/artists/nkosi.html West Nkosi at African Music Encyclopedia]
* [http://www.afropop.org/explore/artist_info/ID/1272/West%20Nkosi/ West Nkosi at Afropop.org]
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