Amandla Freedom Ensemble in Luthuli Museum

2015-11-04 06:00
Photo: supplied The Amandla Freedom Ensemble performs.

Photo: supplied The Amandla Freedom Ensemble performs.

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MANDLA Mlangeni, who hails from Johannesburg, considered to be one of the hardest working jazz musicians performed at the Luthuli Museum on Friday evening.

Accompanied by his Amandla Freedom Ensemble, Mlangeni’s performance at the museum was part of a series of concerts to be held throughout KwaZulu-Natal.

These concerts will showcase music from Mlangeni’s 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.

This series of concerts is supported by the Luthuli Museum and Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within The SAMRO Foundation.

Mlangeni is a young trumpeter and composer who leads the Amandla Freedom Ensemble, a quintet that includes some popular tunes and new compositions in performances.

The 29-year-old Mlangeni has been lauded for composing music that touches on socio-political issues.

Mlangeni is a graduate of music composition from the University of Cape Town.

He balances his academic training with the depth of lessons gleaned from working with legendary jazz musicians such as Hugh Masekela, Khaya Mahlangu, Louis Moholo and Steve Dyer.

Mlangeni has toured internationally and locally with his Amandla Freedom Ensemble.

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