Artist Profiles: Mzwandile Qotoyi

Mzwandile Qotoyi – Bass & piccolo marimba, African drums, percussion, vocals, and dance.

Born on 12 November 1951, in Langa, multi-instrumentalist Mzwandile Qotoyi is known as ‘The Big Man’. As a boy, after school he used to jam in the streets with his homemade guitar and drums and then went on to study classical music at the University of Cape Town. As a teenager he started playing in the St. Francis Cultural Church Choir, where he met Dizu Plaatjies and the other members of Amampondo.

Mzwandile also collaborated with Dizu on DZM Projects. The pair is featured on Ethno Trance Live and produced an album from the Queen of Xhosa folk music, Madosini.


Uyandibiza (Claremont Records, 1983)
Searching for the missing link ‎(Teal Trutone Music, 1986)
State Of Emergency ‎(Assembly Records, 1988)
Feel The Pulse Of Africa (Claremont Records, 1989)
State Of Emergency ‎(ProJazz, 1990)
An Image Of Africa (EWM Records, 1992)
Drums For Tomorrow (M.E.L.T. 2000, 1997)
Inyama ‎(Mountain Records, 1997)
Vuyani ‎(M.E.L.T. 2000, 2000)
Raw And Undiluted ‎(M.E.L.T. 2000, 2005)
IntSholo ‎(Mountain Records, 2008)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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