Biographical Profile of Mandla Mlangeni
I was raised in Soweto, Johannesburg and am a young vibrant graduate of music composition from the University of Cape Town. I have toured internationally currently at the helm of three different bands the Tune Recreation Committee (TRC), Amandla Freedom Ensemble(AFE) and the Native Groove Collective(NGC)mainly as a composer/arranger, bandleader and trumpeter. I have performed with the likes of Hugh Masekela, Louis Moholo, Steve Dyer, Susana Baca (Peru), Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and many more.
My original music can be described as “combing church music with American post-bop and the bounding interwoven cycles of Eastern Cape music”, but I am not averse to experimenting with pop, rock, big band, salsa, Balkan beats and even R&B.
I am an adept musician in many styles of music and believe I can contribute immensely to the music scene in South Africa and beyond. I envisage my music integrated into the very fabric of contemporary music culture.
I have performed with several jazz musicians such as Marcus Wyatt, Barney Rachabane, Hotsix Mabuse, Hugh Masekela, John Davies and Afrika Mkhize, to name a few. Have participated in numerous shows, musicals and operas.
I have experience in several other genres of music such as classical, have entered several competitions, orchestra courses, eisteddfods, and graded examinations. I have taught and performed extensively while a student at the UCT.
I have performed in other settings such as in Hip Hop, Ska Balkan, R & B, African Salsa etc.
I participated in an exchange program in Oslo at the Nowergian Music Academy. I was part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band 2006 which has performed at several Jazz festivals including The Cape Town Jazz Festival, Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. I Performed regularly with the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, UCT Big Band, Morrera Chonguica, Hilton Schilder, Toured Europe with a Balkan Rock band UDI, Toured Germany with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra, toured Sweden with the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, Successful tour in the UK and Israel with SA's leading Opera company (Cape Town Opera),have composed music for 2011 season of Mac Mckenzie’s Goema to critical acclaim, currently writing music and performing with a group that I have formed called the Tune Recreation Committee. I am in demand as freelance musician in Cape Town and Johannesburg.