by Mandla Mlangeni

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There is no such thing as ‘the voice of society. It is discordant tones in there. Myriad noises clashing. Letting blood. Preserve what history whose story when it is all the telling of official lies? Ghosts of butchered pasts and phantoms of the aborted future rendered concrete in this present pushed to blasted forgetfulness. ‘fuck off with your suffering’ they say, otherwise come over to the green side with us...your rituals are impotent...kill gods like we did in the past...they never helped you so why keep wasting your time...the gautrain is leaving you behind’ and it is warm in this illusion

Excerpt from Lesego Rampolokeng's text from The Story I am About To Tell


released November 12, 2015
Personnel: Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet) Shabaka Hutchings and Oscar Rachabane (tenor saxophone), Yonela Mnana (piano), Ariel Zamonsky (bass), Tumi Mogorosi (drums)



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Amandla Freedom Ensemble Johannesburg, South Africa

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 Tumi Mogorosi (drums), Ariel Zamonsky (bass) Oscar Rachabane and Nhlanhla Mahlangu (tenor saxophones). ... more

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