Jazz muso to blow at Guga

2015-07-23 06:00

Mandla Mlangeni is from the cool jazz school of thought.

Mandla Mlangeni is from the cool jazz school of thought.

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Fresh from an outstanding performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Johannesburg based trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni leads his Tune and Recreation Committee (TRC) band for yet another sheer performance at the Jazz in the Native Yards on Sunday 19 July in Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre, Langa from 2pm.

Mlangeni is a young, vibrant graduate of music composition from the University of Cape Town. Currently writing and performing his music with his various bands, including the Native Groove Collective (NGC) and the newly established Amandla Freedom Ensemble, the show is sure to be a hit.

Forming part of the TRC this Sunday is Yonela Mnana (piano), Peter Ndlala (bass) and Claude Cozens (drums).

Besides being a bandleader and composer, Mlangeni performs regularly as a freelance musician in various capacities. He has led the TRC in numerous other projects in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Britain and Botswana, where he performed a wide variety of music, ranging from the Classics, Jazz, Pop and Indigenous African Music.

He has performed with many celebrated musicians, including Barney Rachabane, Marcus Wyatt, John Davies, Hugh Masekela, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Susana Baca (Peru), Mark Fransman, Louis Moholo , Dizu Plaatjies and Khaya Mahlangu.

He describes the sound of TRC as “Mesmeric harmonic movements, hypnotizing vamps, miniature tone poems and minor-key melodic riffs. Basically, cool jazz for a new school”.

.The TRC gig starts at 2pm at Gugu S’thebe Cultural Centre in Washington Avenue, corner Church Street in Langa. Tickets available at the door at R60 per ticket. Enquires 082 093 5369

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