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date: 19 October 2020

Feza, Mongezilocked

(11 May 1945–14 Dec. 1975),
  • Jeremy Rich

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was born in Queenstown, South Africa. Not much is available about his childhood or his early life. British singer Richard Wyatt, who collaborated with Feza in his final years and was deeply shaken by Feza’s early death, claimed that Feza told him that he began to drink alcohol when he was only about nine years old. His older brother taught him to play trumpet in 1957, and the American jazz legend Miles Davis became one of Feza’s earliest influences. Later, Feza also viewed trumpeter Don Cherry as a major inspiration. From his youth Feza was known for puffing up his cheeks while he played, and he told British music reporter Val Kilmer in 1970 that he wasn’t concerned what anyone else thought of his unusual habit. Sometime around 1960 Feza s virtuosity on the trumpet caught the attention of Eric Nomvete an established jazz band leader and saxophonist ...

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