Oratorio Of A Forgotten Youth

Mandla Mlangeni

The Oratorio of a Forgotten Youth is an ambitious project by The Brother Moves On in association with the Wits School of Arts, the Resonance String Quartet, the Vivacious Sounds Choir, altogether led by Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2019 Mandla Mlangeni.

This multidisciplinary, genre bending and intergeneration collaborative endeavour brings together jazz, rock, classical and indigenous music influences. The Sonic memoirs look to re-imagine the possibilities of our imagined world. Oratorio of a Forgotten Youth creates new and interesting narratives juxtaposed with choral renditions of the struggles of our past, while swinging through the perplexities of our present day, and our future.

The libretto by Lesego Rampolokeng features performances with sonic and multimedia expressions that invoke the spirit of the forgotten youth, and that seek to be the springboard for the production and execution of bold new ideas of reimagining spaces for creative discourse.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Duration (minutes): 70mins
  • Release Date: July 18, 2021 00:01 - July 20, 2021 23:59



The Wits Ensemble:
Sibonelwesihle Kodisang (tenor sax)
Mathapelo Wesinyane (alto sax)
Kgaugelo Modise (vocals)
Enoch Marutha (percussion)

The Brother Moves on:
Siyabonga Mthembu
Simphiwe Tshabalala
Ayanda Zalekile
Zelizwe Mthembu

Resonance String Quartet:
Kabelo Motlhomi (violin)
Kabelo Monnathebe (violin)
Tiisetso Mashishi (viola)
Daliwonga Tshangela (cello)

Vivacious Sounds:
Tshidiso monoton
Puleng sedi
Akhona Thongo
Ntando Nxumalo
Surprise Sengwayo
Khethiwe Malinga
Banele Khanye
Mthokozisi Sibisi

Libretto: Lesego Rampolokeng

Sand Animator: Tawanda Mu Afrika


Mandla Mlangeni, the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Mandla Mlangeni is a jazz trumpeter and composer born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg. He’s a graduate of the University of Cape Town where he majored in music composition. Mandla is a member of the SAMA-nominated group Amandla Freedom Ensemble and has toured extensively as a member of the Cape Town Opera.

Besides being a respected young bandleader and composer, Mlangeni performs regularly as a session musician in various projects. He has played with celebrated musicians like Barney Rachabane, Hugh Masekela, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Mark Fransman, Louis Moholo and Dizu Plaatjies to name a few.