Video – Trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni talks the art of jazz ahead of new album release

Trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, composer and bandleader of numerous ensembles, such as Amandla Freedom Ensemble, a music collective set to release their second album, titled Born To Be Black: A Celebration Of The Conscious Soul later this month.

The recording is a collaborative endeavor between himself, the piano improvisations of Andile Yenana, US-born tenor reedman Salim Washington and South African percussionist Louis Moholo-Moholo.

Ahead of the album drop, we interview Mandla about his commitment to jazz and using music to speak out about the social and cultural politics of South Africa.

Find out more about Amandla Freedom Ensemble.


Filming: Nikki Zakkas
Producer: Nikki Zakkas
Editor: Nelani Majozi


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