FNCC Jazz Night
Trumpet-player, Composer and Bandleader - Mandla Mlangeni has demonstrated his talent on many local and international stages. He was recognized in 2019 as the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz, one of SA’s highest accolades. Mlangeni leads various creative and critically acclaimed projects. The Tune Recreation Committee made their debut appearance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and then had their album 'Voices of Our Vision' listed as on the New York Times’ Best Albums for 2017. The Amandla Freedom Ensemble has released two albums including the SAMA nominated ‘Bhekisizwe’, named after Mlangeni's activist and lawyer father who was assassinated by apartheid forces. Mlangeni also leads the Swiss-based Birdsong Ensemble, and has played or collaborated with legends such as David Murray (US), Evan Parker (UK), Feya Faku, Hugh Masekela and Shabaka Hutchings (UK).
Big Ben is a Windhoek-based singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Since bursting onto the scene in 2001, this multi-award-winning artist has bewitched audiences around the globe, leaving his melodious mark in South Africa, Angola, Canada, and Germany. Elusive and genre-defying, Big Ben's musical prowess defies conventional categorization, prompting the Windhoek Observer to recently anoint him as a folk’s musician. But his creativity knows no bounds—when he's not mesmerizing crowds with his performances, he channels his talents into crafting mesmerizing soundtracks for film and theater, infusing his music with a kaleidoscope of innovative ideas and approaches. Brace yourself for an unforgettable journey into the world of Big Ben.
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