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Zim Ngqawana

Zim Ngqawana (25 December 1959 10 May 2011) was a South African flautist and saxophonist.

The youngest of five children, Ngqawana started playing flute at the age of 21. He dropped out of school prior to meeting university entrance requirements but won entrance to a place at Rhodes University. He later studied for a diploma in Jazz Studies at the University of Natal. He was offered scholarships to the Max Roach/Wynton Marsalis jazz workshop and later a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts. At the University of Massachusetts he studied with jazz musicians Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef.

After his return to South Africa in the 1990s he worked with South African jazz musicians Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim. Zim features on Bjorn Ole Solburg and his Norwegian San Ensemble's album San Song. He toured the United States with his band 'Ingoma' in 1995 and made an appearance at Black History Week in Chicago.

Zim performed a duet with poet Lefifi Tladi in the documentary Giant Steps (2005), directed by Geoff Mphakati and Aryan Kaganof


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