TRC Valentine’s Grooves – 14Feb



Afrika Grooves with The Tune Recreation Committee:

The Tune Recreation Committee fresh from an exhilarating 2019 witnessed  their most succcessful record to date Afrika Grooves. The SAMA nominated album made a bold statement with a series of appearances at international festival circuits in Africa such as the Sauti Za Busara (Tanzania) Safaricom (Kenya) , Bassline Fest, Bushfire Festival (eSwatini), Zakifo and Sakifo (Réunion Island). This multi-faceted presentation has always focused on collaboration and musical exchange. Together with Standard Bank Young Artist Of The Year for 2012 Afrika Mkhize and  Mandla Mlangeni 2019  the TRC will present original  works by the band members in  various forms and guises. 


By bringing the best of what South African Music has to offer Afrika Grooves with the TRC is a springboard towards building and strengthening intercultural dialogue with other musical and artistic communities at large. The TRC features Clement Benny on drums, Nicholas Williams on bass, Reza Khota on guitar, Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet. 

 ‘Led by the trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni, this alliance of young South African musicians delves into the country’s syncretic cultural heritage — then ventures beyond. You hear Balkan folk, American funk, West African high life, South African free jazz. Most of all, you hear five bristling improvisers dancing together, modeling a kind of thoughtful communion.’ New York Times


Bandleader Mandla Mlangeni says about this exciting collaboration: “The focus of the endeavour is one that aims to build a documented heritage resource that challenges notions of colonial bias and seeks to expand a narrative of musicians, composers and artists through their own perspectives. Ours is an attempt to create a sustainable platform and network that for composers and musicians in a pairing of creative partnerships and collaborations with multi faceted artists.”


Afrika Mkhize


Mkhize has worked as a musical director and pianist for the late Miriam Makeba, and also contributed arrangements on her request for the Roma Philharmonic Orchestra in Italy. He has performed with numerous renowned artists, including Dorothy Masuka, Khaya Mahlangu, Zim Ngqawane, Musa Manzini, Vusi Khumalo, Sibongile Khumalo, Judith Sephuma, Oliver Mtukudzi, MXO, Marcus Wyatt, Zama Jobe, Papa Noel from France, Melanie Scholtz, Jimmy Dludlu, Allou April and TK. He has also recently recorded on Vusi Mahlasela and Nkanyezi Cele’s latest album.


In 2010 Mkhize arranged music for the Johannesburg Philharmonic Harmonic Orchestra featuring Abigail Kubeka, Dorothy Masuka, Mara Louw and Zenzi Lee, for a tribute to women in the arts at the State Theatre, hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture.


In November 2010, he scored arrangements for the Jazz Meets Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Prince Lengoasa. He is currently scoring full Big Band Arrangements for his favourite pianist, the late Bheki Mseleku, in his honour.



Clement Benny

Born and reared in East London, South Africa, Benny  received a natural music education in the community church and at age 16 realised he had an insatiable need and passion for music.

He graduated from being the lead singer, fronting a mass choir and gradually took on the director responsibilities and soon fell in love with the Drum Set. His inevitable progression from M.A.P.P to the University of Cape Town’s music program. He studied various courses comprising, theory, arrangement, ear training and harmony including drum set studies with Kevin Gibson and Graduate Studies with world renowned Efrain Toro.

As a multi-award winning artist he is the recipient of the Nelson Mandela-Harvard fellowship. He is extremely passionate about MUSIC education and has performed or recorded with several leading artists including Hilton Schilder, Danilo Perez, Andreas Lovren, Churchill Naude, Riku Latti, Abdullah Ibrahim , Professor Martin Zenker …


Nicholas Williams

Is a Pianist, Bassist and composer from Cape Town, South Africa. Williams is an active member of the Cape Town jazz and popular music scene playing with various acts as a pianist, bassist. He is the leader of the Nick Williams Project for which he is the Pianist and composer and released his self-produced debut album “Light and Dark” in 2016. He is also a founding member of the band Zingara featuring Italian singer Francesca Biancoli and drummer Kurt Diedericks. He has performed with South African artists Mark Fransman, Buddy Wells, Rus Nerwich, Kesivan Naaidoo, Louis Maholo, Kevin Gibson, Bokani Dyer, Reza Khota, Jonno Sweetman, Andile Yenana, Yonela Mnana, Lee Thomson, Gavin Minter, Claude Cozens, Keenan Ahrends, Mandla Mlangeni, Alvin and Errol Dyers and has performed with award winning artists Vicky Sampson, Beatenberg and Tresor. He has performed all over South Africa and internationally in Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also works as a composer, producer and session musician for various artists nationally and internationally.


Reza Khota

Is a guitarist with a distinct voice and performs with a musicality and technical facility that recalls the rich history of the instrument. He is equally comfortable performing composed and improvised music. The guitarist performs regularly at festivals such as the National Arts Festival and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. He was the composer and guitarist for the crossover Indo/Jazz band Babu. In 2008, Babu released their debut album Up Roots (nominated by the Mail and Guardian as one of the top 20 SA albums of the decade). The band was also nominated for two Sama awards and conducted a successful tour of South Africa funded by Mmino. In 2009 Babu also conducted a successful tour of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and a year later in Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Madagascar.

Reza has also collaborated with people in the world of fine arts, most notably in performance pieces by William Kentridge and Nicholas Hlobo. He is a frequent collaborator in South Africa’s new Jazz scene and can be heard in bands such as: Kesivan and the Lights who played to a standing ovation at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall in October 2014 as well as the Shane Cooper Quintet who’s album “Oscillations” received widespread praise from local and international press. In addition to being a sideman in these bands Reza has his own quartet featuring Jonno Sweetman, Shane Cooper and Buddy Wells and released there debut album: Transmutation in early 2014. The band have since released their second album: Liminal in 2018. Reza was an artist in residence in Bern, Switzerland from Oct – Dec 2013, and is currently an artist in residence at UWC’s Center for Humanities Research. He recently composed music inspired by the music of Toumani Diabate for classical guitar maestro John Williams.

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Mandla Mlangeni 

Standard Bank Young Artist 2019 for Jazz

Trumpeter composer, bandleader has a host of skills ranging from teaching, performing to arranging and composing in diverse styles of music. Amongst other activities he is currently involved in composing and performing music with several projects in South Africa and abroad. Most notably the 2016 production of Oratorio For A Forgotten Youth 2016 at the Artscape Opera House. The Mill SA/CH (SA/SWISS collab), Behind The Curtain and BirdSong Ensemble a collection of South African and German musicians who have collaborated in producing independent contemporary music.  Mlangeni has toured extensively with the Cape Town Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess from 2009- 2014 with productions at the many opera houses in Europe. Mlangeni is a recipient of 2016 Pro Helvetia Artist In Residence in Bern, Switzerland. He was also a participant of the Take Five presented by SERIOUS Music UK at the Bore Place Residency in Kent England 2016. He has performed and collaborated with several distinguished jazz musicians such as both locally and abroad including but not limited to David Murray, Evan Parker, Feya Faku, Louis Moholo, Shabaka Hutchings (UK), Ganesh Geymeier (CH), Barney Rachabane, Hotsix Mabuse, Hugh Masekela, Khaya Mahlangu, Andile Yenana and Afrika Mkhize, to name a few. Mlangeni is curator of several other initiatives in Johannesburg such the Monday Blues at the Bassline (in memory of of Peter Makurube) and a host of other concert series under the banner of Afrikan Freedom Principle. He is founding member of Amandla Freedom Ensemble 2016 SAMA nominated Best Jazz Album. Mlangeni’s other outfit aptly named the Tune Recreation Committee (TRC) listed as New York Times’ Best Albums for 2017 and made their debut appearance at the 2017 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The New York Times mentions, “this alliance of young South African musicians delves into the country’s syncretic cultural heritage — then ventures beyond. You hear Balkan folk, American funk, West African high life, South African free jazz. Most of all, you hear five bristling improvisers dancing together, modeling a kind of thoughtful communion”.


Performance Dates

Fri 14 Feb Young Blood Gallery

Sun 16 Feb Gugas’thebe  

Tues 18 Feb Hank’s In The Native Yard

Wed 19 Feb Drawing Room

Thurs 20  Jagger Lounge 



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