Louis Mhlanga

Bio

Louis Mhlanga is a South Africa-based guitarist from Zimbabwe. He started playing the guitar at the age of 10, imitating the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and other rock stars from the 60s and 70s. He also studied both Southern and West African guitar traditions, and successfully incorporated the traditional mbira (thumb piano) patterns of the Shona people into his unique modern electric guitar style.

Mhlanga is known for his collaborations as much as his solo work. He features on the 1996 collaborative album 'Place of Hope' alongside international stars like George Duke, James Ingram and Al Jarreau. He can also be heard on Andy Narell’s 'Fire in the Engine Room' (2000) and ‘Live in South Africa’ (2001). In 1999 he recorded 'Live At The Bassline' with Vusi Mahlasela. Musik Ye Afrika, another collaborative band, is the brainchild of Louis and his long-time friend, bassist Jimi Indi. They recorded their first album in 1997, following it in mid-2003 with 'United We Stand', featuring stars like Oliver Mtukudzi, Busi Mhlongo, Chiwoniso Maraire, Marcus Wyatt, Bushy Seatlholo and Sydney Mnisi. 'Keeping the Dream' (2004) was another collaborative album, this time with Dutch bassist Eric van der Westen, also featuring Senegal's Habib Koite.

Mhlanga's first solo album, 'Mukai' (2000) received high acclaim and further established him in the South African market. The Louis Mhlanga Band came into being in 2001, featuring formidable South Africa jazz heavyweights Andile Yenana (keys), Denis Lalouette (bass), Sello Montwedi (drums) and Basi Mahlasela (percussion). They were invited by SAFM to perform a recorded concert during the 2001 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, resulting in the release of 'Shamwari', Mhlanga’s first album on the Sheer Sound Label. The SAMA-nominated follow-up in 2004, 'Tinganekwane' (Stories), showcased Louis' signature style, revisiting traditional Zimbabwe flavours interspersed with some surprises.

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Take Me
Chifamba
Zuva
Hona Ka
Zuva
Rudo
Serina
Chifamba
Rudo
What the Future Holds
Serina
Distant Lover
Spreading Some Love
Afrika Ya Uya
Shungu Iwe
Rhumba All the Way
International Rhumba
Take Me
Hona Ka
Gumbo Muchochocho
Zuva
Mari Hakuna
Kamba Kemaziso
Munwe Murume
Seiko Kani
International Rhumba
Quiet Moments
Stories
Song in My Dream
What the Future Holds
Gumbo Muchochocho
Calypso
Mari Hakuna
Gwenya Mbira
Zuva
Seiko Kani
Shamwari
Distant Lover
Gwenya Mbira
Spreading Some Love
Song in My Dream
Hona Ka
Mari Hakuna
Afrika Ya Uya
Hona Ka
International Rhumba
What the Future Holds
What the Future Holds
Peaceful Presence (a message of calmness)
What the Future Holds
International Rhumba
Take Me
Chifamba
Zuva (Feat. Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi - Busi Mhlongo & Chiwoniso Maraire)
Kugarisana Nevamwe Zvakanaka
Take Me
Shamwari
Dzembira
Beira
Distant Lover
Hona Ka
Afrika Ya Uya
What Happened to Love?
Chifamba
Distant Lover
Seiko Kani
Zuva (Feat. Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi - Busi Mhlongo & Chiwoniso Maraire)
Afrika Ya Uya
Gwenya Mbira
Song in My Dream
Hona Ka
Mari Hakuna
Shamwari
Spreading Some Love (Feat. Ernest Ranglin)
Rudo
Hona Ka
Zuva (Feat. Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi - Busi Mhlongo & Chiwoniso Maraire)
Spreading Some Love (Feat. Ernest Ranglin)
International Rhumba
Shungu Iwe
Serina
Chifamba
Take Me
Gumbo Muchochocho
Mari Hakuna
What the Future Holds
Rhumba All the Way (Feat. Orchestra Baobab)
Distant Lover
Kamba Kemaziso (Feat. Habib Koite)
Afrika Ya Uya
Serina
Zuva
Rudo
Hona Ka
Gumbo Muchochocho
Gwenya Mbira
International Rhumba
Seiko Kani
Stories
Calypso
Quiet Moments
What the Future Holds
Song in My Dream
International Rhumba
Mari Hakuna
Munwe Murume
Mukai
Mahanga Kutapira
Pamhuno Sefodya
Mwana Wenyu
Spread Love
Chiutare
Wandikurumdzira
Love On the Radio
Take Me
Afrika Ya Uya
Beira
Chifamba
Hona Ka
Shamwari
Kugarisana Nevamwe Zvakanaka
What Happened to Love?
Dzembira
Distant Lover
Hona Ka

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