Shortly after a string of critically acclaimed releases. The Amandla Freedom Ensemble is back at the Orbit on Thursday 28 June 2018 with their South African Music Award-nominated album, Bhekisizwe.
The Amandla Freedom Ensemble (AFE) has been described by the Jazz Times as an 'urban arts ensemble which wraps elliptical melodies in three-part harmonies, rich with impasto, swinging like broken chandeliers.'
An urban arts music collective of young musicians dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the South African music legacy. The AFE participates in artistic dialogue and collaborations with many of the living legends of South African music, particularly jazz and indigenous music. As a cultural movement the group is founded on the pillar of promoting opportunities for everyone to experience live music. As an ensemble AFE is committed to promoting quality and artistic renewal through collaborations with established musicians, workshops with composers/arrangers with the mission of contributing to the canon of our dynamic musical heritage.
The Amandla Freedom Ensemble highlights the compositional material of bandleader Mandla Mlangeni(trumpet) and executed by an impeccable dynamism by the ensemble in the form of Yonela Mnana (piano) Siphiwe Shiburi (drums), Brydon Bolton (bass) Oscar Rachabane (tenor sax) and Mthunzi Mvubu alto sax.
'Mlangeni senior's legacy breathes throughout his son's socially conscious music – from Lesego ¬Rampolokeng's brutally honest demythologisation of post-apartheid South Africa on the album sleeve to the multilayered Zim's Whim and nostalgic Soldier's Lament.The title track alone is worth the album's price, and is deserving of special mention. First, because Bhekisizwe is a cripplingly sexy tune with all the makings of a future standard. Second, it is the album's most literal reference to his father.' Mail and Guardian
Mandla Mlangeni – trumpet
Yonela Mnana – piano
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums
Brydon Bolton – bass
Oscar Rachabane – tenor sax
Mthunzi Mvubu – alto sax