Saturday, 6 March 2010

Ndikho Xaba
























Ndikho Xaba : Ndikho Xaba and the Natives
1969 by Trilyte # LR-7001

Privately Pressed holy grail Afro Spiritual Jazz on the Trilyte label out of Oakland, California. Incredible music in the same vein as Tribe and Strata-East. Thought to be the first ever appearance of Plunky Branch ; Plunky & Oneness Of Juju on a vinyl record. Extremely limited private pressing which is both beautiful & moving Spiritual Free Jazz. It features long groove based tribal jams with "Freedom" being an amazing bluesy soul stomp. The album features some really moving and inspired playing, and even some vocalizing (chanting, singing) J. Plunky Branch is an acclaimed Avant Afro-Funk Jazz saxophonist from Richmond. Bassist Ken Shabala (Kent Parker) came from Brooklyn. They met in college & formed a group called the Soul Syndicate with Kent Parker the lead singer. From 1966-68 they played the New York circuit until moving to San Francisco where in 1969 they met Lon Moshe (Ron Martin) creating this African-Avant-Garde group with Ndikho Xaba. They recorded this one lone lp, led by South African pianist/percussionist, Ndikho Xaba until soon forming Plunky & Oneness Of Juju releasing their first album in 1972 and relocating to New York.

1 Shwabada
2 Freedom
3 Flight
4 Nomusa
5 Makhosi

127 comments:

katonah said...

This one's gotta pull in some comments .... surely?

http://www.mediafire.com/?mlmmjmmoood

enjoy

dabulamanzi said...

wow! amazing share. been looking for so long!

halOhal said...

no doubt,
this is the one of Holy Grail.
I can't wait...

thanx

Reza said...

Putting your $500 albums up for everybody , what a kind man ;)

How was the hol then

winton tostello said...

Eternal gratitude my friend for the offerings.Much appreciated.

gilhodges said...

Ah! Finally get to hear Ndikho on bullhorn and seaweed horn! Been seeking this forever. Thank you.

corvimax said...

some comments? :-)
was in my search list from long time
thank you katonah!

Hoochie Coochie man said...

No words, I´m speechless.. THANKS :)

Erberken said...

Nucking Futs!!!!! Thank you for all the beautiful music you've shared!!!!!

freebones said...

wow. i've never heard of this, but the description sounds like it is something right up my alley. plus, the apparent rarity means you deserve a big thanks!

THANKS!

-fb

Solomon said...

Thank you!

Hoochie Coochie man said...

Oh man! I had to come back after I listened this and thank you again!
I knew nomusa was great but the whole album is a killer. Many many thanks!

blackclassical said...
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blackclassical said...

Wouldnt count on it blud! whats it upto now 3000 d/ls 12 comments

youre a mad cunt!

katonah said...

Thanks Greg, really feeling the "Love"!

g.raf said...

Thanks for giving us the chance to hear this rarity. Your generosity is much appreciated Katonah.

THE SCENERY WITHIN said...

you darlin!!!

Many big thanks

Arkadin said...

Oh happy day! Holy thanks - you're a singularity!

dimman said...

thanx a lot

Dr. Puck said...

Gracias!

The Super Sonic Sonar Radar said...

mmm! much obliged.

Sean said...

Thanks for this and your many other amazing shares!

A gentleman & a scholar.

Sean said...

Thanks for this is and your many other amazing shares!

Sean said...

Thanks for this is and your many other amazing shares!

Sean said...

Thanks for this is and your many other amazing shares!

fslmy said...

we're not worthy!

Dr. Johnny Fever said...

Damn! This is one heavy ass piece of vinyl. Amen to every snap, crackle and pop on this baby. Thanks katonah for an absolute stunner!!!

Simon666 said...

Lovely album, so many good tracks, really varied. Thanks Katonah!

blackclassical said...

Thought you would!

Bacoso made me use the salty language...

Simon666 said...

Happy Birthday BC ;)

katonah said...

thanks sean, that beefed things up a bit ...

fortherecord said...

hooo boy - thank you - readers at electricjive have been asking for this one - we found out via matsuli and we have given the electricjive readers who have not already found your site, a heads up - thanks again !! great

dputydwg said...

thank you!

verge said...

Thanks for this one. Can't wait to hear this shitt.
Don't stress the comments, though I know it seems like a lack of respect and appreciation. There's posts I put hours and hours into and get no more than 5 comments, if that.

Anyway, thanks for all the links!

Corey said...
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matthew said...

Massive and generous share. Thanks Katonah!

the jazzstronaut said...

Hey Katonah, just gotta say thanx for this incredible share. Been trying to get hold of it for quite a while, thank you soooooo much.

Andy said...

Yeh! Big thanks,gee there's some real dickheads about.A great share,a simple thanks is not to much to ask.

Clap Yo Handz said...

Thank you! Looks great

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Miles said...

i'm arriving late to the party as usual, but judging from the comments it's been a great one. i can't pretend to know much about the artist or the lp, but i've trusted your taste and direction in the past and have yet to be disappointed. i'll look forward to giving this a virtual spin.

Edward said...

The download keeps breaking off -- I've tried multiple times already. Any suggestions?

verge said...

I had the same problem with the download but it did finally finish after about 6 to 7 hours.
Some great stuff on here, though.
Thanks again.
If anyone wants me to upload it on a different server for them, let me know. Only if it's cool with katonah though. Let me know.

katonah said...

Hi Verve,
Would prefer to keep this one on just the Mediafire link. I think the issues with the download is a mediafire thing, i get the impression they are trying to tighten up on certain types of files. Either that, or they are playing around with the free download times in order to get more people to join up to a premium account.

verge said...

KAtonah, I understand. No problem.
Thanks again for all the dope rips.
Peace,
verge

O-D said...

Been trying to find this for a minute! Very dope.

Pierre said...

Hi Katonah,
And thanks so much for giving access to this jewel.... but the link seems to not work anymore :-(
peace
p

ushaped said...

hello katonah,

missed out on this grail earlier, is it possible to access the file again?

thx in advance

炒飯 said...

far from eye, far from heart...................................................

Yusef said...

Katonah, I've been following your blog for 6 months. Bro, you are putting out some incredible material. Thank You so much for your enthusiasm in the music and for sharing as well. I'm hoping you
can re-upped 'Ndikho Xaba' sometime in the near future. You've turned me on to recordings and artists that have been undetected from the music databases. Once again I want to Thank You for your time and energy.

katonah said...

Theres been some serious downloading going on but a lack of comments.

back on anyway

Yusef said...

Katonah, I've just downloaded, and played along with my Shekere. WOW!!!! What an experience.
I went to heaven and back.
My acknowledgements and gratitude towards you, Thank You. One day I'll be able to share some rarities with you and the community.
Peace and Blessings to u......

MrBill said...

Not familiar with these guys, but based on your description I had to check it out, and I'm glad I did. Thanks, Katonah!

taro nombei said...

A fantastic brilliant share...
Many thanks, very generous Katonah!
TN

-t! said...

Thank you so much for the share and your generosity...
-t!

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Tim said...

Ouch! What a record to post. Having big problems with the download - mediafire telling me it's set to private!? Can you help??

janbeatz said...

nice one,very nice site and post,great work,have a great easter!

馨儀 said...

我喜歡用心經營的blog~ ^^.........................

Rise said...

Downloaded this earlier - just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the great music! No chance i could have afforded to buy this myself!

R

katonah said...

thanks for the comments rise.
much appreciated

invisiblenigma said...

Whats good Katonah? Any way I could get crack at this one? Thanks

subdive said...

oh no!
its set to private ... i was looking for it soo long! please repost

subdive said...

oh no!
its set to private ... i was looking for it soo long! please repost

Tone said...

ahh please re-up!!!!

owlqaeda said...
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owlqaeda said...
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owlqaeda said...

ack, what i meant to say is this whole entire treehouse loves all the music u share here. i haven't been sleepin, just travelin & would really appreciate a re-up on this one here, obviously. here's hoping. thx again for everything else

owlqaeda said...

dear katonah,
re-up pretty please? i've only heard nomusa & an entirely too brief excerpt of shwabada, but i don't expect to get sumptin fer nuttin. owl trade ya my upload of the ethiopian jazz genius hailu mergia & the walias - tche belew lp. mulatu astatqe is their featured guest & humble mascot on these fine & forgotten stabs:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4I75W8GW

i would've mailed u privately but can't quite figure out how. if u already have the mergia, i have a few other obscure blog virgins u may dig, mostly all african though. i guess u can reply here if u're so inclined. did i mention i'd really appreciate a re-up? guess so. fingers crossed

2wrecks said...

I'm dying to hear this but it has been set to private... )o:

faud said...

pwooooooooooooo !!!!!!!

thanks for all

katonah said...

It's bank holiday Sunday and it's pissing down with rain.

Xaba back on line ...

brandon said...

Many thanks for your generous posts.I have been hoping to hear this album ever since hearing Namusa from the Oneness of Juju best of compilation.

brandon said...

Just finished listening to the whole album a couple of times and it is helping cheer up this miserable bank holiday. Thank you!

owlqaeda said...

daps katonah, this slab is pure fire!

Simon666 said...

Big thanks for the hailu mergia, owlqaeda, love it. And love your name too :)

Pierre said...

Katonah, HUGE thanks and respect again for all these posts ! AWESOME.
Many thanks also to owlqaeda for the magical hailu mergia & the walias.
You guys know what's important in life.
Merci merci merci.
p

brandon said...

Thank you to owlqaeda for the glorious Hailu Mergia LP - new artist to me and what an amazing album.

owlqaeda said...

no worries yall, sharon is karen. tanx again katonah. i would have waited years to actually hear the thang, if ever. dream come true. i done this outpost of discerning taste to me own fledgling bloggy sidebar thingy. i'm certain u don't need the business but there tiz. heart ~
oq
http://holywarbles.blogspot.com

swboy said...

Late as usual but...
Another fantastic post Katonah!
Thanks for all the great music.
I'm consistantly blown away by
what you're posting.
[and Owlqaeda: the Mergia disc is sweet.]

taro nombei said...

Having given it a lot of listens, I dropped back here just to say how much I've appreciates this one. Thanks again Katonah.

And very glad I did come back this way, as otherwise I'd've missed Owl's hailu mergia share.

Thanks indeed friends!

The Music Ingredient Chef said...

Robin Kenyatta has an album "Nomusa"

Featuring production by Ndikho Xaba ... same song different take. Great collection filler. FYI if you didn't know ...LOVE THE BLOG !

Michael said...

Haven't listened yet but I trust your taste. Thanks in advance.

What Cheer? said...

hi All

this is one of my favorite records ever. i've just come across an extra copy in Near Mint Condition if any of you are looking to actually own this on vinyl:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180538295696&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

i also thing it's great this has been shared here so that someone who can't afford to buy it can hear it!

c. daltry
whatcheerrecords
rhode island

Holly said...

Thank you!!!

Feq'wah said...

Unbelievable! So many thanks...you will get, like forever...

:)

jeronimo m.m. said...

mediafire says set to private... please repost

jeronimo m.m. said...

plz

Francesco Ceccarelli said...

No hope for a repost? :-(

emile63 said...

any chance of a repost please.

Simon said...

Please please please repost :)

musique said...

prettyplease?

hunt6308 said...

Hey! Ndiko Xaba! I wonder if you can remember me, I took a load of your very first album to 105 jazzfm radio and had them played for free to help sell more. My father recorded this album (It was your first) in Compton CA. and my uncle was Cousin Wash. My name is Robert Hunt. How are you and your family?

hunt6308 said...

My name is Robert HUnt and my email addres is hunt6308@yahoo.com

katonah said...

at Robert Hunt, great comments. Do you have a rip of the other album with Cousin Wash? Would love to hear it, could do aspecial post here. Hope to hear from you

katonah said...

at Robert Hunt, great comments. Do you have a rip of the other album with Cousin Wash? Would love to hear it, could do aspecial post here. Hope to hear from you

hunt6308 said...

I will try to locate that album for you!

hunt6308 said...

I will try to locate that album for you!

katonah said...

that would make my year Hunt. been after a listen to that gem for years.

best
katonah

Ndikho Xaba said...

Thank you so much for your positive feedback on Ndikho Xaba and the Natives which we recorded in 1970 in CA. It is so nostalgic! I returned to South Africa in 1998 and my wife Nomusa joined me in 2009. Together we are currently working on a compilation CD of my work from 1970 - present. We will keep you posted of the progress

katonah said...

Wow, the man himself !!

Truly humbled Ndikho, this album is as you know a holy grail around true jazzheads. This has easily been the most popular post here which is a reflection of high regard in which it is held.
A masterpiece.
Fantastic to hear that you are in the process of constructing a compilation. If you ever need or require any promotional posts here or at justjazzart please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Many many thanks for taking the time to get in touch, and best wishes for all your future projects.

Best
Katonah

hunt6308 said...

It is so nice to hear from you and I really am trying to get a copy of that album for you. I am waiting to hear from Cousin Washes son who has inherited all of his stuff. I want to hear the (Healing Song) again.

katonah said...

Hi Hunt, great to hear the search continues, it is much appreciated. Waiting to it hear with baited breath, an alternate version of Healing song, can't wait.....

Mama Nomusa said...

Not sure when you say "Healing Song" if you mean the piece I did in honor of my ancestors "Shwabada" but Shwabada will be on the new compilation. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments.

Mama Nomusa said...

This technology stuff has got me tied up! The last comment should have come from Ndikho himself. This is Nomusa, his wife. I will work on getting it straight.

katonah said...
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katonah said...

Mama Nomusa as well!, so many thanks for all the correspondance. Please don't hesitate to get in touch regarding any infomation about the forthcoming compilation. I have always considered the "Natives" lp, a beautiful and special album. I've never been able to track down a copy of the lp with Cousin Wash, and can't wait to get the oppotunity to hear it. The prospect of a compilation is very exciting, and i'm sure if there's any justice, will be a complete sucess.

Looking forward to hearing from you guys again soon. Once again, let me know if there is anything i can do to help or promote any future projects.

best regards
Katonah

hunt6308 said...

Sorry about this waiting for the search for a copy of that album. My communication skills with my cousin are not what they used to be, there seems to be more BS than logic.

katonah said...

Please don't apologise Ndikho.
It's an honour that you're making all the efforts to source a copy. As you can see from all the comments here, your Natives album is held in such high esteem.
Best wishes, and keep in touch.
Katonah

loons said...

ahhhh please renew this link! I've been looking for this album for soooo long... it would be awesome to be able to hear more then just the one song.

Karl said...

Has anybody this album in Flac ? I cant find it anywhere.

inetgoose said...

Could you please repost?

Tom.T said...

Please could you repost this, i'm dying to hear the whole thing

bwana said...

unfortunately the link is private - is there any chance of re-uppin'? Thanx in advance!

alefbetac said...

Please renew the link!!!

Enoque said...

Please, Please, Please... Renew the link again.

Enoque said...

Thanks A Lot.

Mama Nomusa said...

I am happy to announce that Ndikho has self produced a CD that will be available on CD Baby in a few weeks. I will keep all of you posted. Thanks so much for your support! Nomusa Xaba

katonah said...
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katonah said...

That's amazing news, let me know if there's anyway i can help to promote your new presentation.

best K

Mama Nomusa said...

Greetings all,

On Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday - July 18, 2012 - we were honored to have Gwen Ansell, Jazz History Writer for Business Day in South Africa do an excellently crafted review of Baba Ndikho Xaba's Anthology CD - Sunsets. Click on this link to view it. Feedback is appreciated.
www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=176528

The CD (which includes Nomusa, Shwabada and features Ndikho on digeredoo etc.) is now available on CD Baby. cdbaby.com/cd/ndikhoxaba

We can use all the help we can get getting the word out. And we are very grateful to you Katonah for keeping this blog going. Peace, Nomusa & Ndikho Xaba

BushMan_NL said...

This is beautiful... Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

Mama Nomusa said...

Thank you BushMan. Now we are waiting for all the bloggers/fans on this blog to show their appreciation and love by buying the CD - Sunsets by Ndikho Xaba @ CD Baby. It's only $12.95 and we of course appreciate your support and feedback! Keep it coming until we create a Tsunami of love and appreciation for Transformational Music!

Harold Parker said...

Dear Katonah et. al. you should look up the documentary "Last Grave at Dimbaza" if you want to see first hand what we were fighting for with our music and in our spirits.

Mshengu Shabalala (ken shabalala - kent parker)

spread love,
haroldparker19@gmail.com

matt said...

Just to let you know that an officially licensed deluxe vinyl edition will be coming via matsuli Music later this year...http://eepurl.com/TqqJT

katonah said...

Great news, thanks Matt

Greg Kozak said...

Robin Kenyatta's rendition of Nomusa is a scorcher. My speakers smoke whenever I play it. Absolutely superb, first-rate music.

katonah said...

Greg

You know it, heavy jazz
Heavy sounds