The Tune Recreation Committee (TRC) is a jazz band formed in 2007, which presents original works by the band members in various forms and guises.
Aiming to create an enduring platform and network catering for composers and musicians, the band is popular for their focus on collaboration and musical exchange between three Standard Bank Young Artists For Jazz – Afrika Mkhize (2012), Mark Fransman (2008)and Mandla Mlangeni (2019).
The TRC features Clement Benny on drums, Nicholas Williams on bass, Reza Khota on guitar and Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Fransman joins the band as a special guest in selected performances on accordion, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone.
Describing themselves as “a playground for the interrogation, assimilation and extended extemporization of the canon of South African jazz heritage“, the TRC have released two albums – Voices of Our Vision (2017) and Afrika Grooves (2019). Voices of Our Vision made the New York Times’ ‘Best Albums Of 2017’, and the band have gone on to release multiple other singles and live performance videos online.
“Led by the trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni, this alliance of young South African musicians delves into the country’s syncretic cultural heritage — then ventures beyond. You hear Balkan folk, American funk, West African high life, South African free jazz. Most of all, you hear five bristling improvisers dancing together, modeling a kind of thoughtful communion.” – New York Times