Don’t miss the Amandla Freedom Ensemble in KZN this week

Amandla Freedom Ensemble

Amandla Freedom Ensemble

Considered the hardest working young jazzman in Joburg today, Mandla Mlangeni is taking his Amandla Freedom Ensemble to new and greener pastures in the form of a series of concerts through KwaZulu-Natal.
This mini-circuit is supported by the Luthuli Museum and Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the SAMRO Foundation. It receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and Concerts Norway.

As part of the circuit, the Amandla Freedom Ensemble will perform at Sansikane Primary School in Cato Ridge and at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville for learners from Northern KZN.

The young trumpeter and composer will lead the energetic quintet in this series of performances that will include some known tunes and new compositions. The repertoire is designed to showcase music from his forthcoming debut album, Bhekisizwe, due for release later this year.

The tour will feature guest appearances by some of the best jazz musicians that KZN has to offer.

The 29-year-old Mlangeni has been lauded for the socio-political savvy he brings to his music. He composes music bent on confronting the charged and often contentious spirit of the times: the land, the people and the passion these dynamics inspire in public discourse inform his wide musical vision.

A graduate of music composition from the University of Cape Town,  he balances this academic training with the depth of lessons gleaned playing with elder jazz men and musicians like Hugh Masekela, Khaya Mahlangu, Louis Moholo and Steve Dyer. Mlangeni has toured internationally and locally with his Amandla Freedom Ensemble and other outfits of young lions he leads: Tune Recreation Committee (TRC) and Native Groove Collective (NGC).

He is part of a new generation of South African jazz musicians shaping a new path for the music and its future.

  • Catch the Amandla Freedom Ensemble at these dates and venues:
    Thursday, October 22 at The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana (ex-Goble Road), Morningside at 7 pm. Tickets R100.
    Friday, October 23 at the Luthuli Museum, Groutville at 6 pm . Tickets R30.
    Saturday, October 24 at Seaman’s Corner, Hammarsdale Unit 3 at 6 pm. Tickets R30
    Sunday, October 25 at The Rainbow Restaurant, Pinetown at 1 pm. Tickets R60.

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