This mini-circuit 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; 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. The29-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.
Mlangeni is 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.
The Amandla Freedom Ensemble Bhekisizwe Tour is conceived to provide a greater platform to expose new and interesting works for jazz lovers.