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Born to Be Black @The Orbit
11 February 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Born to Be Black is the third such installment of the collaborator endeavor which promises an evening of musical fireworks in the form of inter generational musical dialogue between the intense piano improvisations of Andile Yenana, the sultry sounds of US born tenor reed man Salim Washington 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 70’s. All three figures remain massive figures in the South African music landscape- 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.
Born To Be Black 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.
Veteran South African drummer Louis Tebogo Moholo Moholo captured the rampaging spirit of his old band The Blue Notes and as the last surviving member of the multi-racial South African émigré band The Blue Notes, whose freewheeling spirit was such a seismic force in late 1960s London jazz scene. Cape Town-born drummer returned to his homeland in 2005 and is reliving the anthemic themes and freewheeling improvisations that will be delivered by an exceptional assemblage of young and old at Johannesburg’s premier jazz venue the Orbit on the Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February 2016.