: “Led by the trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni, this alliance of young South African musicians delves into the country’s syncretic cultural heritage — then ventures beyond. You hear Balkan folk, American funk, West African high life, South African free jazz. Most of all, you hear five bristling improvisers dancing together, modeling a kind of thoughtful communion.” New York Times
now available on all leading music downloads and streaming sites. A formidable quintet comprising of some of Cape Town’s finest young musicians. Featuring Clement Benny on drums, Nicholas Williams on bass, Keenan Ahrends on guitar, Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet and special guest Mark Fransman on alto saxophone, flute and accordion. The unit has also performed at last year’s 18th annual Cape Town Jazz Festival.
The TRC avoids the most common pitfalls in South African Jazz: It’s not beholden to sunny Cape Town traditionalism, and it doesn’t emulate any specific form of American jazz.” NewYorkTimes