Mandla Mlangeni: Tune Recreation Committee
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival
Mandla Mlangeni is this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. Raised in Soweto, Mandla’s three central interests are clear – a deep interest in his African heritage; a passionate musical inquisitiveness; and a strong political awareness. These three sources of stimulation have led him through explorations of avant garde African jazz to his own fascinating compositions that combine classical music with the jazz tradition with strong African intonations and wonderfully funky modern beats.
Mlangeni has an ability to harness the great musicians around him and a passion to continue driving forward, promoting his gigs and those of others, arranging tours, undertaking exchanges, and playing with as many musicians as he can. He is keeping alive the old sounds of South Africa and moving them into a new space around the world.
This, his first SBYA gig, harnesses powerful local voices of his generation to give life to his fascinating musical ideas.
Trumpet: Mandla Mlangeni
Sax: Mark Fransman
Piano: Afrika Mkhize
Guitar: Reza Khota
Bass: Nicholas Williams
Drums: Clement Benny
- See also: SBYA Mandla Mlangeni: Amandla Freedom Ensemble – Born To Be Black: A Celebration of the Conscious Soul