Ndikho Xaba was born in 1934 in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa. He grew up in a decidedly musical home that had an organ; so at the height of WWII when he saw his mother and older brothers playing, he began experimenting. He first sounded out boogie woogie tunes, then big band sounds, popular tunes and local indigenous sounds that were everywhere in his environment. Ndikho found his voice, becoming an intentionally self-taught musician during the turbulent era of the 1950's when new revolutionary musical concepts were being conceived by spiritually connected, creative artists.
During the grueling apartheid days that gripped South Africa at that time he used his music to foster his political ideals. As a result of these activities, he was forced to leave his beloved country in order to save his life and be an effective tool in the overthrowing of apartheid.
Ndikho left South Africa in 1964 to act on Broadway in the play Sponono, by Alan Paton and Krishna K. Shah. From 1964 – 1998 (34 years) he lived in exile in the US, Canada and Tanzania,; always acting as a cultural ambassador raising the consciousness of his audiences with his music and the poetry of his wife, Nomusa Xaba This CD is an anthology of musical creativity that reflects those times and beyond when he returned to his beloved South Africa. As Ndikho says “As I approach the sunset of my life, this CD is my way of reflecting on a full, exciting, and challenging life experience.” As a creative artist, social activist, cultural worker, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Ndikho has had a varied, often times turbulent, yet rewarding experience here on mother earth. We invite you to share the experience.