Mandla Mlangeni & Friends
This concert has not quite resulted in what we had originally planned when we proposed this performance to Concerts SA back in May. At the time, we thought we had Mandla Mlangeni’s fantastic Amandla Freedom Ensemble lined up, but circumstances see Mlangeni only able to travel with bassist Brydon Bolton from Johannesburg, where AFE performs at The Orbit on Thursday 28 June.
It was the first such establishment of its kind in KwaZulu Natal, located in a so called “White” area under the infamous Group Areas Act, to be granted a license to sell food and sorghum beer to Africans; this, after having had to seek permission from all businesses within a 200-meter radius of the proposed site in Stanfield Lane, Pinetown. After a protracted struggle the founding members, Ben Pretorius and Billy Mthembu, were granted a full liquor license in 1983. Continue Reading
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