Amandla Freedom Ensemble Presents - Born to Be Black: A Celebration of The Conscious Soul
Journey across South Africa through Musical Collaboration
Johannesburg, East London and Cape Town
Born To Be Black is intended to be a proclamative journey of musical meditation and healing. A journey into the less travelled. Musical territories where sonic realms are constantly in flux. Ours is a canvas of our imagination where our colours are hues of an ascending melodic line or the crescendo of boisterous horns grooving to the syncopated rhythms of a new song. The assemblage of such diverse musicianship will attract a wide patronage of artists and aficionados.
Born to Be Black is the culmination of an endeavour to bring a journey of musical fireworks from 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 60a€™s and revered American jazz firebrand saxophonist and educator Prof. Salim Washington. All three figures remain massive figures in the South African music landscape a€“ 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.
Veteran South African drummer Louis Tebogo Moholo Moholo returned to his homeland in 2005 and will be revisiting the anthemic and freewheeling improvisations that will be delivered during September (Heritage Month) by an exceptional assemblage of young and old at sought after performance venues in South Africa and abroad.
Born To Be Black: A Celebration of The Conscious Soul is supported by The Arts & Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity and an ANT Funding Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
We invite you to join the journey of a unique musical offering between the Amandla Freedom Ensemble, Louis Moholo, Salim Washington and Andile Yenana presented at the
Thursday 1 September 18:00 Newtown Junction Free
Friday 3 September 23:00 The Chairman Durban
Wednesday 07 September 13:00 Wits Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Free
Morris Isaacson High School 16:00 (Cape Gate Music School) featuring SkyJack CH/SA R80
Saturday 10 September 13:00 UNISA Soshanguve Campus Free
Monday 12 September 20:00 Bassline Newtown Monday Blues R50
Saturday 17 September 19:00 Steve Biko Centre Ginsburg King Williamstown R100
Sunday 18 September 16:00 Stirling High School Auditorium East London R100
Tuesday 20 September 19:00 Gugaa€™ SthebeLanga featuring Paul van Kemenade (Netherlands) Three Horns And A Bass R100
Friday 23 September 20:00 Slave Church Long St Cape Town R100
Sunday 25 September 16:00 Johannesburg Theatre (Fringe) a€¨special guest Paul van Kemenade Three Horns And A Bass R150
Monday 26 September 13:00 Tshwane University of Technology Arts Campus Free
Sunday 2 October 14:00 Rainbow Restaurant R80
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 a€oeurban arts ensemble which wraps elliptical melodies in three-part harmonies, rich with impasto, swinging like broken chandeliers.a€
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. 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.
Featured Soloists: Louis Moholo (drums) AndileYenana (piano), Prof. Salim Washington (bass clarinet, flute and oboe)
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Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet) NhlanhlaMahlangu (alto saxophone), Oscar Rachabane (penny whistle and tenor saxophone), Sisonke Xonti (baritone saxophone) GontseMakhene (percussion) Ariel Zamonsky (bass) TumiMogorosi (drums) - www.amandlafreedom.com , Twitter @MlangeniVukani, Facebook and Instagram AmandlaFreedomEnsemble
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, a€˜Born To Be Blacka€™ is in every way a proclamation of our rich musical history.
Pro Helvetia Johannesburg has for some time been investing in transnational collaborations, exchanges and joint projects among organisations and creative practitioners operating across the SADC region, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Their investments are focused on projects, networks and platforms that have a shared interest in building a stronger regional creative fabric.
About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africaa€™s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. Follow ACT on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/actorgza or like the Trusta€™s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arts-Culture-Trust-ACT/162339817162875
About Nedbank Arts Affinity
The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed nearly R15 million through our Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to our clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 555 111. For more information please visit www.nedbankarts.co.za
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