Legendary South African musician, Ndikho Xaba is dead. He died June 11 at the age of 85.
The announcement of his death was made with a short statement released on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning.
The post reads; “For those of you who may not know Baba Ndikho Xaba made his transition on June 11, 2019 at about 9am. It was a smooth peaceful transition for which we are eternally grateful.”
The youngest of six boys, Ndikho Xaba was born in 1934 in Pietermaritzburg. His first instrument was the penny-whistle, which he taught himself to play. Ndikho would go on to play several other instruments throughout his career – all self-taught.
After landing himself on the radar of the notorious police ‘Special Branch’ during the Apartheid era for being present ANC Youth League meetings and events with musical group Tympany Slickers in the late 50s, Ndikho had to maintain a low profile.
In 1962 he joined Alan Paton’s theatre production Sponono. Not only was it hugely successful in South Africa, but it also went on to become the first African play to run on Broadway.