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AFRICA MY LOVE - An Evening with Louis Mhlanga & Friends - Stellenbosch

AFRICA MY LOVE - An Evening with Louis Mhlanga & Friends - Stellenbosch

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24 June 2024
Louis Mhlanga & Friends
Endler Hall (Stellenbosch)
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AFRICA MY LOVE – Louis Mhlanga & Friends Live at Endler Hall: A Celebration of African Jazz Excellence for the IAML Congress, Featuring Sima Mashazi. Experience the soulful rhythms and rich melodies of Zimbabwean jazz legend Louis Mhlanga and his stellar ensemble on June 24th!

By Underground Press

Published Friday, 21 June 2024 11:02

[Stellenbosch 19 June] – The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) Congress is thrilled to announce a special performance by Zimbabwean-born jazz guitarist Louis Mhlanga on Monday, June 24, at the Endler Hall. This event promises to be a highlight of the congress, which runs from June 23 to 28 at the Konservatorium, marking the first time the IAML Congress is held on African soil.

Louis Mhlanga, celebrated as one of the finest African jazz guitarists of our time, will be joined by an outstanding rhythm section featuring top South African musicians: Schalk Joubert on bass, Jonno Sweetman on drums, and Blake Hellaby on piano. Additionally, the performance will include a special guest appearance by local songstress Sima Mashazi.

Mhlanga's repertoire for this performance will showcase original compositions by himself, Joubert, and Mashazi, as well as iconic South African jazz standards. The audience will experience a rich tapestry of languages through music, including Shona, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, and English.

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Schalk Joubert, a longtime collaborator with Mhlanga, praises him highly: "Louis Mhlanga should be regarded as a national treasure. He is a musician of the highest order. I have been performing with him for more than a decade and every time it feels like one is experiencing a miracle."

The IAML Congress brings together a diverse group of specialists including music and audio-visual librarians, music archivists and documentation specialists, musicians and musicologists, as well as orchestra, opera, and chorus librarians, music publishers, and suppliers from around the world. The congress aims to promote the work of music libraries, archives, and documentation centres in preserving and sharing musical culture and heritage. This year's programme will emphasise African content, celebrating the continent's rich musical traditions.

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About Louis Mhlanga

Louis Mhlanga, an award-winning artist and producer, is widely regarded as one of the best African jazz guitarists alive. Born in Zimbabwe and now based in South Africa, Mhlanga began his career in the 1970s, leading various bands and blending American and Zimbabwean influences into his unique sound.
He has collaborated with notable Zimbabwean acts such as Shaka, Talking Drum, Ilanga, Mudzimu, and Oliver Mtukudzi, and has also worked with South African legends including Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri, Sipho Mabuse, Mlungisi Gegane, and Busi Mhlongo. Mhlanga has produced albums for Thomas Mapfumo, Nigerian King Sunny Adé, and South Africa's Vusi Mahalasela.

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