The Tune Recreation Committee is primed to make a grand offering with the launch of their second album Afrika Grooves with the TRC.

Tune Recreation Committee: Afrika Grooves

This multi-faceted presentation to be showcased in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Zanzibar will focus on collaboration and musical exchange between three Standard Bank Young Artists For Jazz winners; Afrika Mkhize (2012), Mark Fransman (2008) and Mandla Mlangeni (2019). The TRC will present original works by the band members in various forms and guises.

The TRC features Clement Benny on drums, Nicholas Williams on bass, Reza Khota on guitar and Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Fransman will join as special guest in selected performances on accordion, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone. Pianist Afrika Mkhize will contribute his own original pieces.

Thoughtful communion

The Tune Recreation Committee unit, whose debut album Voices of Our Vision made the New York Times’ Best Albums Of 201” list also performed to rousing applause at the 18th edition of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

“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, modelling 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 caters for composers and musicians in a pairing of creative partnerships and collaborations with multi-faceted artists.”

Tune Recreation Committee: Afrika Grooves Performances

Cape Town

Sun 20 Jan 3.30pm: Jazz In The Native Yards R100

Kwa Sec 52 NY 138 Gugulethu, 8001

Bookings: 060 960 8935

Fri 25 Jan 7.30pm Breaking Bread R100

1 Ryk St, Brooklyn, Cape Town

Bookings: 082 303 2026

Sat 26 Jan 8.30pm Olympia Bakery R150

134 Main Rd, Kalk Bay

Bookings: 082 892 0350

Sun 27 Jan 8pm The Labia Theatre R150

68 Orange St, Gardens

Bookings: 021 424 5927

Tues 29 Jan 8pm Hank’s Olde Irish

110 Bree St, Cape Town

Bookings: 021 422 2770

Wed 30 Jan 8pm Drawing Room Café R80

87 Station Rd, Observatory

Bookings: 072 509 8279

Thurs 31 Jan 8pm Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge

61B Harrington St, Cape Town

Bookings: 0214612276


Fri 1 Feb 8pm The Roving Bantu Kitchen

125 Caroline St, Brixton, Johannesburg

Bookings 072 223 2648

Sat 2 Feb 3pm Eyethu Lifestyle Centre R100

651 Tshabalala St, Soweto

Bookings: 073 456 3887

Sat 2 Feb 8pm Ginz On Dynasty R150

19 Westbrook Drive, Sandton

Bookings: 011 775 1600


Sun 10 Feb 7.30pm Sauti Za Busara Main Stage