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Peter Ndlala’s Unit 5 Biography: 

  • Peter Ndlala – Bass
  • Nobhule Ashanti – Piano
  • Muneeb Hermans – Trumpet
  • Duncan Johnson – Tenor Sax
  • Carlo Fabe – Drums

Bassist Peter Ndlala was born in Rondebosch in 1973 and later moved to Wynberg.He now stays in the

location called Langa and is one of the most beautiful out skirts in Cape Town.He has a unique style and sound that is so powerful and sensitive.He leads you on a musical journey that is characterised by passion.He phrases his solo’s into melodies that force’s you to sing along through out the night.He studied a two year course at M.A.P.P (Music Action for People’s Progress.

He then started playing with the M.A.P.P jazz ensemble and went to the Guinness Jazz festival in 1992.He was later discovered by the most popular jazz legend of South Africa by the name of Winston Mankunku Ngozi.He then continued playing until he had to find himself musically. He is now one of the greatest composers in our generation.

Peter’s music is a combination of afro music and fusion, with a lot of influence of jazz improvisation. He has played with musicians like Winston Mankunku Ngozi,Sylvia Mdunyelwa,Rene Mclean son of the Jackie Mclean well know saxophonist during Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s era. Eroll Dyers,Judith Sephuma,Selaelo Selota, Macoy Mrubata, Szwazi Dlamini, Mimi Ntenjwa ,(Sbongile Khumalo),(Jimmy Dludlu),Khaya Mahlangu,Robbie Jansen, Bhani Rachabane, Stompie Mava, Stompie Manana,Lungiswa Plaatjies, Amampondo, Kunle Oudetao,Loading Zone,Loyiso Bala,Lira, Zama Jobe,Desmond Meyer,Maxwell Vidima,Tucan Tucan,Moreira Chonguica,HHP,Andreas Wellman, Tlale Makhene,(Ray Blue),Tshina Africa, Fitsroy Ngcukana, Ezra Ngcukana and Duke Ngcukana and the most well known R&B singer Rashaan Patterson.

Recordings: Sylvia Mdunyelwa ”African Diva Live”

Kunle Oudetao ”Beyond the borders”

Selaelo Selota ”Painted Faces”

Desmond Meyer ”

Maxwell Vidima ”Sagiya and

Mimi Ntenjwa ”Escence of my soul”

Nkanyezi Cele ”Tshina Africa”

Jazz portie ”Summer in Cape Town”

International Tours:

Mexico City

France Nice

Holland Amsterdam


Japan Tokyo


Hong Kong

Cuba Havana

Belgium Brussels

England London and Portsmouth

Scottland Edinburg and Glasgow

Denmark Copenhagen

New York Washington D.C.

Ireland Dublin

Germany Berlin


National Tours”

Zimbabwe Harare

Namibia Windhoek

Congo Brazaville


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