Trumpeter/ Flugelhorn/ Composer, Feya Faku was born in New Brighton, a South African township in Port Elizabeth which has earned the title of South Africa’s “university of jazz”, after producing some of the country’s jazz greats.
Feya started playing without any formal training and received theory and practical lessons from various artists around Port Elizabeth. He later completed a Performer’s Diploma in Jazz Studies at the University of Natal.
He has been associated with some of South Africa’s classic jazz musicians including Barney Rachabane, Thandie Klaasen and the late Duke Makasi and was the youngest member of the Winston Mankunku Ngozi Quintet.
Feya has worked extensively with Abdullah Ibrahim and recently completed the recording of a CD for the Mahube project – an interesting combination of African music and jazz. Feya’s involvement in Mahube and other projects such as NU Connection, Jazz Counterculture and his leadership of his quintet The Core, is a demonstration of his dedication to Jazz as an evolving art form, based on the understanding and appreciation of its classic form.
Feya sites South Africa’s “gentle genius”, Bheki Mseleku, as mentor and spiritual influence on his career. Since 1994, Feya has worked with the Paul van Kemenade Quintet (Holland).