Mandla Mlangeni is a young Composition graduate from the University of Cape Town, with a host of skills ranging from teaching and performing to arranging and composing diverse styles of music. Mlangeni is currently involved in composing and performing music with several bands in South Africa. He has toured extensively with the Cape Town Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess and the Mandela Trilogy to the UK (2009 and 2012), Israel(2010) ,Mlangeni has performed with several jazz musicians such as Marcus Wyatt, Barney Rachabane, Hotsix Mabuse, Hugh Masekela, John Davies and Afrika Mkhize, to name a few. Mlangeni has participated in numerous shows, musicals most notably ShowTimes’ production of Jersey Boys tour to Singapore (2012).
Mlangeni has experience in several other genres of music such as classical, and has entered several competitions most notably the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship (2012 runner up), orchestra courses, eisteddfods, and graded examinations. Mlangeni has taught and performed extensively while a student at the UCT. Mlangeni has participated in an exchange program in Oslo at the Nowergian Music Academy (2007/2008). Mlangeni was part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band 2006 which has performed at several Jazz festivals including The Cape Town Jazz Festival, Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Mlangeni has performedregularly with the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, UCT Big Band, Morrera Chonguica, Hilton Schilder, Toured Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Croatia (2007)with a Balkan Rock band UDI, Toured Germany with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra, toured Sweden with the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band. Mlangeni has composed music for 2011and 2012 season of Mac Mckenzie’s Goema Orchestra. Mlangeni is in demand as freelance musician in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Mlangeni is very interested in the rewards of education and imparting expertise to young eager minds. He is equally at home teaching and coaching brass instruments and ensembles, as he is teaching music theory. Mlangeni’s experiences have allowed him to become a versatile musician, comfortable with a variety of musical styles.