Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival
Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Mandisi Dyantis began playing the trumpet at an early age. Whilst studying at UCT he was selected for the Standard Bank National Youth Big Band in 2003 and 2004 and then the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band in 2005 and he returns to perform in Makhanda for the first time in 14 years – a matured, versatile musician who is also a composer, arranger, educator and producer, not only in Jazz but also western classical and African indigenous music.
He currently holds the position of Associate Director and co-Music Director of the Isango Ensemble. His recently released debut album Somandla has caused quite a stir, and not surprisingly – it’s hauntingly beautiful and so South African!
Voice, trumpet: Mandisi Dyantyis
Sax: Buddy Wells
Piano: Blake Hellaby
Bass: Stephen de Souza
Drums: Lumanyano Mzi
Photo credits: Lindo-Mbhele