Born To Be Black : 18 September 2016

A Celebration of The Conscious Soul

A Celebration of The Conscious Soul

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, ‘Born To Be Black’ is in every way a proclamation of our rich musical history.

Journey across South Africa through Musical Collaboration


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 Auditorium – East London R100
• Tuesday 20 September 19:00 Guga’ 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) 
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 “urban arts ensemble which wraps elliptical melodies in three-part harmonies, rich with impasto, swinging like broken chandeliers.”
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.

Amandla Freedom Ensemble is:
Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet), Nhlanhla Mahlangu (alto saxophone), Oscar Rachabane (penny whistle and tenor saxophone), Sisonke Xonti
(baritone saxophone) Gontse Makhene
(percussion) Ariel Zamonsky
(bass),TumiMogorosi (drums).

Featured Soloists: Louis Moholo (drums) AndileYenana (piano), Prof. Salim Washington (bass clarinet, flute and oboe)

Stirling Auditorium
Sunday, 18 September @ 4 pm
Tickets at the door – R100. Pensioner & student discounts available
Cash bar