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March Towards​.​.​.​?

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March Towards…? forms a culmination of years of musical learning via living. Having picked up music, particularly composition, at a late age, many traditional channels of learning were not open. Thanks to online learning Mandisi was able to learn some orchestration, arranging and music theory via Berklee College of Music an online school, where there was no red tape in terms of requiring a formal background in music.

With some analytical skills in pocket, Mandisi attended 'Jazz School' at a Jazz Club in Cape Town, initially called The Mahogany Room, and later changed to Straight, No Chaser. Not thinking much of it at the time, Mandisi picked up aspects of South African jazz, by listening, watching, and hanging out with the most humble, yet highly acclaimed jazz musicians, playing at the club.

When asked to composed music around the theme, Thinking The Future Into Being, the first thing that came to mind was Kesivan Naidoo’s Freedom Dance. This fit snugly within the exhibition featuring the Rivonia Trialists. Naidoo’s Freedom Dance is a Mandela inspired composition featuring rhythms based on the Toyi Toyi. Interestingly enough, the Toyi Toyi rhythm originates in Zimbabwe, with the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army. This serendipitously overlapped with the inclusion of Zimbabwean artists in the Thinking The Future Into Being exhibition. The Toyi-Toyi rhythm becomes the basis of March Towards…? continuing what Naidoo started, by injecting the political directly into the composition.

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released July 28, 2019
Composed, arranged and produced by Mandisi Nkomo

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