Ngakana Monyelo

Afaya/Ngaka Ya Meropa

Ngakana Monyelo also known as Ngaka Ya Meropa is a prolific percussionist who has worked with an array of musicians both locally and internationally.

Originally from Johannesburg, Ngakana has helped pioneer the modern Johannesburg contemporary sound with groups like L8 Antique and The Brother Moves On. Ngakana went on to record an album with the New Orleans band Gold Standard, getting greats reviews from the Offbeat Jazz magazine. Ngakana is one of the few SA musicians registered as composer in the US Library of Congress. And he continues to push boundaries of sound.

Hear his magic on the song Inhambane playing an infectious talking drum