The multi-disciplinary, genre-bending and intergeneration collaborative endeavor is part of a two-month period of performances in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and the CPO performance which includes the UWC Choir, is the culmination. This bold project creates new and interesting narratives junta posed with choral renditions on the struggles of South Africa’s past, while swinging through the perplexities of its present day and conducting the foundations of its future. The Ensemble's focus is to collaborate with the strongest musical forces within the jazz, classical and indigenous scene while also working with the UWC Choir and Koleka Putuma. This new endeavour with creative director Mandla Mbothwe at the helm seeks to create new ways of seeing ourselves and the world in which we live.
The project includes residencies in Stellenbosch and Cape Town and presents an opportunity to collaborate with other seemingly disjointed genres of arts imagine a cutting edge jazz ensemble in conjunction with South Africa's leading orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic and the award-winning UWC Choir.
The Amandla Freedom Ensemble comprises Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet), Nhlanhla Mahlangu (alto sax), Gontse Makhene (percussion), Siya Makuzeni (trombone and vocals),
Yonela Mnana (piano and vocals) and Ariel Zamonsky (bass).