Amandla Freedom Ensemble returned late last year with their second album called Born To Be Black: A Celebration Of The Conscious Soul.
Led by Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet) his beautiful compositions are executed with impeccable dynamism by the ensemble in the form of Tumi Mogorosi (drums), Ariel Zamonsky (bass) Oscar Rachabane and Nhlanhla Mahlangu (tenor saxophones).
The twelve-track album is intended to be a journey of musical meditation and healing. A trip to the less travelled.
“It’s bringing a life to music and bringing music to life in the sense that for a large part this represents a unifying voice. It’s a generational mix of older established artists and younger musicians coming together to celebrate our musical heritage,” explains Mlangeni.
The feel is very spontaneous and exploratory. Check the deeply spiritual ‘Mama Ngibongakonke’ and the evocative ‘Ndigiliza’. Elsewhere ‘Movement’ and ‘Izingxoxo’ pick up the pace with some rhythmic grooves. My highlight is the gracefully swinging ‘Daddies Funk’ – a six minute long and very warming peice of jazz! ‘Born To Be Black’ is a varied project that has many standout moments.
Released November 23rd, 2017