Khaya Mahlangu will be performing at Niki’s Oasis, 138 Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg at 8 pm on July 22. Tickets R100. Phone: 082 448 6376.
Born 1954 in Soweto, Johannesburg, Khaya was influenced by his fathers music collection of local and international artists. He played the bugle in the Boys Scouts and later picked up the trumpet under Phineas Molefe Phetho in a programme for township youth run by Professor Khabi Mngoma. This was in 1971.
In 1972 he joined a high school band and later switched to saxophone, which was given to him by an uncle, Monde Hashe. In 1975, he joined a band called Harari, led by another uncle, Selby Fikile Ntuli, a keyboard player. In 1976 he joined a resident band of the only nite club in Soweto, The Pelican.
In 1977 he decided to study at the University of Zululand under Professor Khabi Mngoma until 1979.
A year later he joined a prolific band called Spirits Rejoice led by tenor great Duku Makasi. The following year he founded a band with Sipho Gumede called Sakhile and recorded four albums, and which toured Europe and Southern Africa extensively.
The mid 1980s saw Khaya releasing his debut solo album To you, my dear, and he was also active on the festival circuit, his distinctive tenor underpinning Afropop artists such as Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse.
In 1990 Sakhile performed at Wembley stadium in London for Nelson Mandela, the festival featured performers including George Duke and Anita Baker.
He has also performed with Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Vusi Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, and Jonas Gwangwa .
The gig has the backing of Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa.