Amandla Freedom

Amandla Freedom Ensemble

Born to be Black:  A CELEBRATION OF THE CONSCIOUS SOUL : DIGITAL ALBUM RELEASE AND LAUNCH DATES

 

Born to Be Black: A Celebration Of The Conscious Soul is the latest offering in a culmination of a studio recording that endeavours to bring a sonic journey of musical collaboration and fraternity.The album exists as a canvas that forms part of an intergenerational dialogue between the intense piano improvisations of Andile Yenana and the extraordinary dynamic range of South African percussionists Louis Moholo-Moholo, who played a pivotal role in the influential community of South African exiles who transformed the evolution of British jazz from the 60’s, UK rising saxophone star Shabaka Hutchings and revered American jazz firebrand saxophonist and educator Prof.Salim Washington. All remain massive torchbearers in the South African music landscape – this progressive collaboration of masters is also paired with the audacious and far-reaching musical musings of the Amandla Freedom Ensemble led by young trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni

We invite you to join us as we launch our unique musical offering between the  Amandla Freedom Ensemble, Louis Moholo, Salim Washington, AndileYenana, Khaya Mahlangu, Thebe Lipere and Siya Makuzeni

Proudly presented at the Orbit Home Of Jazz (81 de Korte St, Braamfontein)

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October 20:00

R200 entry

 Artwork by: Mzwandile Buthelezi

Artwork by: Mzwandile Buthelezi

 

Born To Be Black: A Celebration is due for release on iTunes 24 October 2017. Featuring some the best voices in the South African jazz scene Bra Louis Moholo (drums), Andile Yenana on piano, Salim Washington (bass clarinet, flute and tenor sax),Shabaka Hutchings (tenor sax), Zoë Modiga(vocals) Resonance String Quartet - SA and Keenan Chas Ahrends (guitar). This progressive collaboration is also paired with the audacious and far-reaching musical musings of the Amandla Freedom Ensemble with Tumi Mogorosi (drums) Gontse Jnsq Makhene (percussion) Ariel Zamonsky (bass) Yonela Mnana (piano),Sisonke Xonti (bari and tenor sax), Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu (alto sax) and Oscar Rachabane (tenor sax) led by young trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni. Born To Be Black: A Celebration of The Conscious Soul is a vision, which encompasses the echoes of South African township groove and no-holds-barred freedom alongside the vibrant and mesmerising chants of the drums. In the rich jazz history of old lions making inspired new music with a young ones, ‘Born To Be Black’ is in every way a proclamation of our rich musical history. Artwork and Illustration: Mzwandile Buthelezi

 Image by Ignatius Mokone 

Image by Ignatius Mokone 

 

The Amandla Freedom Ensemble have in recent years positioned themselves as a musical tour de force with an original cultural identity and agenda of creating new music that speaks to both young and old. Described by the Jazz Times (USA) as an “urban arts ensemble which wraps elliptical melodies in three-part harmonies, rich with impasto, swinging like broken chandeliers.” 2015 The ensemble extensively performed within the SADC regions and to date they have participated at the Harare International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe, the MTNBushfire Festival in Swaziland and subsequent tours in Maputo, Mozambique. The AFE have concluded the extensive run in a culmination of performances at several music festivals such as the Fete de la Muziq and the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. A successful CD launch and a subsequent nomination for Best Jazz Album has seen a deluge of collaborations and performances with many and diverse artists such as Afrika Mkhize, HerbieTsoaeli, Mark Fransman and several notable engagements position the ensemble at the forefront in creating an original platforms to showcase new and original sounds. The Amandla Freedom Ensemble is steadily capturing the attention of many jazz patrons and new audiences wherever it performs. It’s latest presentation Born To Be Black draws on an exciting and vibrant group of musicians with an appetite for different genres in a setting primed for all kinds of audiences.

 Pic by Ignatius Mokone

Pic by Ignatius Mokone

 

A prominent feature in the album is veteran South African drummer Louis Tebogo Moholo Moholo. He has since returned to his homeland in 2005 and will be revisiting the anthemic and freewheeling improvisations that will be delivered on two special nights at the Orbit Home Of Jazz (81 de Korte St) Firiday 27 and Saturday 28 October 20:00. The lineup is an exceptional assemblage of young and old who have performed at sought after performance venues in South Africa and abroad.