Xolani Faku

Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture

Xolani Faku was born and raised in the vibrant township of New Brighton, where he first developed a hunger for music. Inspired by his uncle, the legendary Feya Faku, Xolani was influenced by the sounds of his horn. Under the guidance and mentorship of the legendary saxophone player Dudley Tito, the leader of The Soul Jazzman, Faku started his journey with the trumpet. He is also versed as a Xhosa vocalist, composer, and arranger, as well as playing numerous indigenous instruments including the istolotolo (jaw harp), imikhombe (whistle flutes), uhadi (chest harp), and African drums. He gained recognition in the Eastern Cape as a regular feature of the province’s major festivals, including the National Arts Festival, East London Buyelekhaya Music Festival, the Nelson Mandela Metro Mamela Music Festival, the Wild Coast Isingqi Sethu Cultural Music Festival, the Ndlambe Music Festival among others. Let Faku’s musical talents take you on a journey through his influences and his roots.

  • Genre: Jazz
  • Format: Video
  • Duration: 1hr
  • Language: Music
  • Ages: All ages
  • Available From: June 27, 2020

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Trumpet: Xolani Faku
Alto Sax: Phakamile Msizi
Bass Guitar: Khayalethu Nazo
Drums: Andile Nomjila
Piano & Keys: Sicelo Tabata
Lead Guitar: Ndumiso Ntantiso