Mandla Mlangeni on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Mandla Mlangeni is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader with a host of skills ranging from teaching, performing to arranging and composing in diverse styles of music. Mlangeni is always looking some version of hip. Blame it on his roots, because his elevated sense of style hinges on his hanging around elder statesmen of jazz from an early age. Mlangeni was chosen by the National Arts Festival as this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. This prestigious award is presented annually to deserving artists, affording them national exposure and acclaim.