Mandisi Dyantyis – Afro-Soul-Jazz artist

July 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
cafe Roux, Cape Town







Photo credit: Anton Kruger



Mandisi Dyantyis is a South African trumpeter and vocalist who has recently released his debut album entitled Somandla and was nominated for the SAMA award for best Jazz Album of 2019. 
 has tracks that are more traditional gospel, it has tracks that have 
elements of Afro-pop as well as tracks that speak directly to the jazz 
and Afro-jazz audience. 
This is the link to his official video for the song “Somandla”.
 is an incredible album and has desevedly been well received, but it 
does not do justice, to the experience of seeing Mandisi LIVE. 
This is another rare Cape Town performance and be sure to catch him before he leaves again for the USA. 
A little about Mandisi Dyantyis:
Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Mandisi began playing the trumpet at The age of 8. He Studied Classical music throughout his schooling career (Pearson High School) and emerged from the University of Cape Town with a BMus Honors Degree in Jazz Studies in 2005 where he played in the UCT Big Band for most of his studies. He is a versatile musician who is also a composer, arranger and producer not only in Jazz but Western Classical and African Indigenous Music as well. He has played with some of the country’s top musicians over the years. These include Jimmy Dludlu, The Abdullah Ibrahim Big Band, Robbie Jansen, Max Vidima, Moreira Chonguica just to name a few. He has produced, played and co written on Nomfundo Xaluva’s multi award winning albums KUSILE and From Now On.
Mandisi has just released his debut album, titled SOMANDLA ( Released only at the end of October, this body of work has already garnered significant and positive attention on all spheres of media and radio. SOMANDLA is a work premised on the sacred act of prayer, peppered with issues of current societal interest and most noteworthy, the “old school” romantic sentiment delivered in the persuasive elegance of his mother tongue, isiXhosa. This debut offering is a befitting exhibition of Dyantyis’ versatility as a prolific songwriter/composer, trumpeter, and outstanding vocal artist (
He currently holds the position of Musical Director for theatre company Isango Ensemble (, previously known as Portobello. He has held this position since 2008 and has travelled around the globe as it’s musical director      places like  London (West End), Cape Town (Fugard Theatre), Ireland, Singapore, Japan and USA. He was nominated for NAACP Award for Best musical Director (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, Los Angeles) as well as Artist in Residence at the New York University Drama School in 2010.