Jazz on Junction free public concert

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The Amandla Freedom Ensemble with Strings brings creative collaboration to Newtown Junction this Sunday.
The Amandla Freedom Ensemble with Strings brings creative collaboration to Newtown Junction this Sunday.

The Amandla Freedom Ensemble with Strings brings creative collaboration to Newtown Junction this Sunday.

As the New Year gets into full swing, Newtown Junction is hotter than a Joburg summer. Situated in the cultural heart of Joburg, Newtown Junction combines its outstanding shopping experience with free live performances and exciting cultural events. Newtown Junction kicks off the calendar with Jazz on Junction this Sunday, 31 January 2016, from 1.30pm, at the outdoor piazza.

Open to all, this Sunday’s Jazz on Junction features The Amandla Freedom Ensemble with Strings, combining the musical talents of the Amandla Freedom Ensemble and Resonance String Quartet. Curated by Mandla Mlangeni, the collaboration promises creative dialogue and beautiful music.

The Amandla Freedom Ensemble is an urban arts music collective of young musicians performing the compositional anthology of bandleader and trumpeter Mlangeni, Tumi Mogorosi on drums, Ariel Zamonsky on bass and tenor saxophonists Oscar Rachabane and Nhlanhla Mahlangu. Dedicated to advancing South Africa’s musical legacy, the Ensemble is committed to collaborative partnerships with new and established musicians and composers, while promoting opportunities for everyone to experience live music.

Sunday Jazz on Junction will also see the launch of Mlangeni’s debut album Bhekisizwe.

Formed through their mutual love for chamber music, the Resonance String Quartet features the talents of Kabelo Motlhomi (violin), Kabelo Monnathebe (violin), Tiisetso Mashishi (viola) and Daliwonga Tshangela (cello). The Resonance String Quartet’s repertoire is extensive and they give the audience a classical spin on many genres of music, including Jazz, Kwela, Pop, Soul, Tangos, Hymns, Film/Musicals and African music.

Between the retailers, the restaurants, including the newly opened Potato Shed eatery, and regular exciting cultural events such as Sunday Jazz on Junction, there are many reasons to visit this new gem in Joburg crown.

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