Tribute to Mankunku’s Yakhal'inkomo
Featured Artists: Percy Mabandu (word), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Linda Sikhakhane (sax), Andile Yenana (piano), Shane Cooper (bass), Ayanda Sikade (drums)
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival
Percy Mabandu is an award-winning journalist, writer and artist and his book, Yakhal’inkomo: Portrait of a Jazz Classic, explores the significance of jazz in South Africa’s history and politics through the years. The title, taken from the 1968 album by saxophonist and composer Winston Mankunku Ngozi, captures the struggle of black people living in apartheid South Africa. To celebrate Mankunku’s iconic body of work Mabandu creates a multi-disciplinary performance 50 years since Yakhal’inkomo’s release, bringing together a team of fine musicians who’ve been touched by Mankunku’s life and music. The result is a creative ritual that converges music and literature, spoken word and jazz improvisation, and a project that becomes as deeply commemorative as it is imaginative and searching.