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MRA
JZZ_034
Big Band
ZAR 250.00


Written for Christopher Columbus 'Mra' Ngcukana, father of some of Cape Town's jazz stalwarts, Ezra and Duke, this is a 'war song' or 'mzabalazo', some say it contains some of Mra's own riffs. This arrangement is basically a more structured version (and then for full bigband) of the one recorded by Chris McGregor's 'Brotherhood of Breath' on the live album 'Travelling Somewhere'. Featured on that recording are some of the original Blue Notes who went into exile with McGregor in the early 1960's including Pukwana on alto sax, Mongezi Feza on trumpet and Louis Moholo on drums. 'Mra' is short for the South Africanism 'My Bra' which in turn is a hip version of 'My Brother'.
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