Import LP – SRK 897245 – Imvuselelo – BirdSong Ensemble

UKジャズ・シーンを席巻する「シャバカ・アンド・ジ・アンセスターズ」(Brownswoodimpulse!)のメンバーであり、「Amandla Freedom Ensemble」、「Tune Recreation Committee」を率いる南アフリカ出身のトランペッター、Mandla Mlangeni(マンドゥラ・ムランゲーニ)による、4管セクステット・プロジェクト「BirdSong Ensemble」。
リリース元の「As-Shams/The Sun Records」は、1974年にヨハネスブルグで立ち上げられたレーベルで、アラブ語による命名はアブドゥーラ・イブラヒムによるもの。

Landmark new release from As-Shams/The Sun with 350gsm (g/m2) reverse-board sleeve featuring artwork by designer Baba Tjeko.
Edition of 300 copies.



LABEL: As-Shams/The Sun Records, South Africa
FORMAT: LP LTD 300 copies / SRK 897245
ARTIST: BirdSong Ensemble
TITLE: Imvuselelo
Barcode: 6001651150353


Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet)
Max Treutner (tenor sax)
Benedikt Reising (alto sax)
Josephine Nagorsnik (trombone)
Oz Yehiely (bass)
Felix Wolf (drums)

Rec data:

Recorded in Bern, Switzerland in 2018
Mixed & Mastered by Gavan Eckhart at Soul Fire


Composed by Mandla Mlangeni
Album Artowork by Baba Tjeko
Produced for As-Shams by Calum MacNaughton


Side 1

  1. No More
  2. Homelessness
  3. Chicken Dust

Side 2

  1. Imvuselelo
  2. Tau Ya Afrika
  3. Amachokolette


Composer and trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni is a dynamic and ambitious young force in South African jazz and has gained traction internationally via residencies in Germany and Switzerland and as a member of Shabaka & The Ancestors. As a bandleader, Mlangeni nurtures a palette of shapeshifting projects from the Amandla Freedom Ensemble to the Tune Recreation Committee to showcase his compositions at home and abroad. The BirdSong Ensemble behind Imvuselelo is a formidable Swiss collective and the recording follows Mlangeni’s Berlin-based Bird Song Project LP of 2017. Album artwork was created by South African designer Baba Tjeko and the release marks the 2020 revival of the iconic As-Shams/The Sun South African jazz label. The title track and centrepiece of the album “Imvuselelo” means reawakening and is a 3/4 waltz composed in 2014. Imvuselelo is available in a vinyl edition of 300 copies with an expanded digital release featuring an alternate take of “Tau Ya Afrika.”

“BirdSong ensemble reminds me of early Ornette Coleman. Mandla Mlangeni is mean.” Rashid Vally

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