Guideon Mgibe Nxumalo

Early-Mart (Limited Edition) (KRS 107)

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Early-Mart (Limited Edition)

Guideon Mgibe Nxumalo

Soul Town


LPS 167824

KRS 107



LP 24,78 €

Gideon Nxumalo was a key figure during the formative years of South African jazz in the 1950s, helping shape the emerging South African jazz sound as a pianist and composer and contributing to the scene as a radio presenter, music teacher and arranger. His recorded output as bandleader/composer is comprised of three iconic albums from Jazz Fantasia (1962) to Gideon Plays (1968) to Early-Mart (1970).

Early-Mart was Gideon Nxumalo's tribute to his friend and musical compatriot, drummer Early Mabuza (Castle Lager Big Band, Mankunku Quartet), who died in 1969. Nxumalo assembled what journalist and observer Leslie Sehume reports was a 14-piece band for the album, which was recorded during a legendary overnight session in February 1970 and released just months before Nxumalo's own death on 24 December 1970.


  • SIDE A
  • A1 Early - Mart
  • A2 Frustration
  • SIDE B
  • B1 Slow Blues
  • B2 When the Saints Go Marching In