Trumpeter and vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis has celebrated a highly successful 2019, in which he released his debut album Somandla and was nominated for the SAMA award for best Jazz Album of 2019, and won at the Mzansi Jazz Awards.

A great follow-up is that he was also named on the line-up for the 2020 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF 2020).

Mandisi Dyantyis. Picture: Anton Kruger
Mandisi Dyantyis. Picture: Anton Kruger

Sacred act of prayer

His debut album is a work premised on the sacred act of prayer, peppered with issues of current societal interest and romantic sentiment delivered in the persuasive elegance of his mother tongue, isiXhosa.

Somandla has tracks that are more traditional gospel, it has tracks that have elements of Afro-pop as well as songs that speak to jazz and Afro-jazz audiences.

On the success of this debut album, he has played the Summer Silo Concerts to 3000 people, as well as at the J&B Met.

The backdrop

Mandisi Dyantyis was raised in Port Elizabeth and began playing trumpet aged eight. He studied classical music throughout his schooling career and emerged from the University of Cape Town with a BMus Honors Degree in Jazz Studies in 2005.

He is a versatile musician who is also a composer, arranger and producer in jazz, western classical and African indigenous music. He has played with the likes of Jimmy Dludlu, Abdullah Ibrahim Big Band, Robbie Jansen, Max Vidima and Moreira Chonguica. He has produced, played and co-written on Nomfundo Xaluva’s multi award winning albums Kusile and From Now On.

The trumpeter takes to the stage at Africa’s Grandest Gathering alongside local and international music icons such as Jonathan Butler – with special guest Candy Dulfer from the Netherlands, Kwetu Trio (featuring Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade), Lira, MF Robots from the UK and Nduduzo Makhathini.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) takes place on 27 and 28 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

General access tickets for the 2020 festival are available at Computicket at R999 for a Weekend Pass and R649 for a Day Pass:

What: Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020
Who: Mandisi Dyantyis
The album: Mandisi Dyantyis Somandla
When: 27, 28 March 2020