Mandla Mlangeni: Amandla Freedom Ensemble
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival
SBYA Mandla Mlangeni: Amandla Freedom Ensemble – Born To Be Black: A Celebration of the Conscious Soul
Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2019 Mandla Mlangeni’s second SBYA performance explores a different side to his music – he intends it to be an “odyssey of musical meditation and healing; a journey into the less travelled where sonic realms are constantly in flux. Ours is a canvas of our imagination where our colours are hues of an ascending melodic line or the crescendo of boisterous horns grooving to the syncopated rhythms of a new song”.
Mlangeni uses his peers as the foundation of the group, but then asks three musical elders to join him for inspiration in drawing from the past to reach a new present. This young artist is fluent in the language of Jazz – he has a BMus from UCT and was a member of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band in 2006 – but is exploring new forms of musical expression.
Trumpet: Mandla Mlangeni
Sax:Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Simon Manana
Bass: Ariel Zamonsky
Percussion: Gontse Makhene
Drums: Siphiwe Shiburi
Sax: Salim Washington
Piano: Andile Yenana
Drums: Louis Moholo-Moholo