The Tune Recreation Committee were players at the 2017 Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Mandla Mlangeni trumpet
Reza Khota guitar
Mark Fransman tenor sax and accordion
Clement Benny drums
Nicholas Williams bass (recently played piano at our Louis Moholo shows)
The Tune Recreation Committee or the TRC is not an unfamiliar acronym to South Africans living here through the 90's. There is a link between the band name and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission formed in the early nineties to bring to the fore stories and confessions by people violated (and their violators) during apartheid.
You see, Mandla's father was killed by a letter bomb when Mandla was only 4. His grandmother testified at the TRC.
"We bring different stories together, our personal truths. As like-minded musicians, we re-negotiate the musical landscape and develop our own sound," says Mlangeni. "We are eclectic; we borrow from everyone and assimilate sound harmonic interventions, swing and groove. Music is our canvas into which we bring many colours to say what we want to say.