In conjunction with Concerts SA, the DaniMali Quintet, led by saxophonist extraordinaire Nhlanhla Mahlangu, will enthrall listeners at Niki’s Oasis in Newtown this Friday, 22 January.
Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu hails from Mamelodi East. His first encounter with music was in 2003 at an orphanage (SOS), where an art project was run on weekends in correspondence with the UNISA community engagement and outreach program.
Mahlangu’s first exposure to jazz came through the records of Nat King Cole and the then Dollar Brand. By the age of 16, Mahlangu had picked up the saxophone and, almost from the moment the first he started playing, it was apparent he had a talent for it. The young musician loved to imitate the sounds of Charlie Parker and Manenberg Coetzee.
One of the earliest ensembles Mahlangu played in was led by Yonela Mnana. Later he met and started working with Nduduzo Makhathini’s band, where the young musician began to fully explore his experimental side of modal music and recorded as a sideman.
Mahlangu reflects on the music the group is producing: “The music for this project is focused a lot at bringing more colours from different genres. We are still addressing the question, or rather the subject matter, of identity and human relations. What we hope to achieve with this material is gain more insight on the identity of our people in South Africa now and how we relate to one another. The idea is to use the music as a medium to spark conversations about the afore mentioned subjects and hopefully find common ground especially among races and tribes, so to speak, issues that affect them negatively and positively”.Be part of this unifying experience!
DaniMali Quintet Features:
Nhlanhla Mahlangu on Saxophone (Band Leader)
Nhlanhla Radebe on Bass
Lungile Kunene on Drums
Ntando Ngcapu on Piano
Special guest- Sbusiso Mkhize on Trumpet & Flugel Horn
Date: Friday, 22 January 2016
Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Niki’s Oasis, 138 Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg