Jazz music is normally associated with the old people and mostly those individuals that have done this and that. Now the Soweto born trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni is working hard to put AMANDLA FREEDOM ENSEMBLE on the map. The young Mandla Mlangeni together with his team are gaining critical acclaim for a brand of jazz that is forward looking and connects with the genre’s rich political history.Stokvel Talk took time to spak to Mandla about their well deserved nomination on the upcoming South African Music Awards.”i feel we already won by simply getting the nomination and achievement that can’t be ignored”. AMANDLA FREEDOM ENSEMBLE is nominated alongside giants in the music industry amongst them, Bokani Dyer, Nduduzo Makhatini and Benjamin Jephta Quintet. He mentioned many people who assisted him to be where he is right noe including his mother who allowed him to follow his passion. Mandla’s father was an activist and also a lawyer but felt it necessary for the young Mandla to purseu his dreams.