Mpumi Dhlamini

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Multi-instrumentalist and acclaimed producer Mpumi Dhlamini is a  Multiple SAMA & METRO FM Awards nominee for Best Newcomer as well as Best Jazz Album (respectively). He has performed and collaborated with the likes of Proverb, Zwai Bala, Jimmy Dludlu and Lira while producing works for Wanda Baloyi, Brian Temba, Kabomo, Zama Jobe and Sphelelo Mazibuko; continuing to push the boundaries of genre-bending and sonic expression in the jazz world.He has three studio albums (Combined Elements, Note To Self and Imvuselelo); With Combined elements (2007), being a subsidiary of Sony BMG, and a self-produced debut featuring a host of musicians including; Fana Zulu (bass), Victor Masondo (guitar and bass), Carlo Mombelli (fretless bass), Adam Howard (trumpet), Vusi Khumalo (drums), and Justin Holcroft (tenor, soprano sax). On this album, Mpumi plays accordion, piano, saxophone, the Rhodes keyboard (and more). His second  album Note To self which was released in 2018 is completely self-contained. He composed, produced, and played all the instruments including vocals, featuring Tshepo Tsotetsi on "A Night on The Moon and Skhumbuzo Mbhele on drums. His third album (Imvuselelo) he once again composed, produced, and played all the instruments including vocals and had a few guests on the project namely, Sphelelo Mazibuko,Skhumbuzo Mbhele who both played the drums on a few tracks, as well as Tshepo Tsotetsi on saxophone. On this offering, he explores sounds of iconic genres like swing and blues which also alludes to his signature eastern and African indigenous, church, and folk-influenced sounds that was released exclusively on his website on the 27th of January 2022.
He has future projects that feature the likes of Jimmy Dludlu (guitar), Ayo Solanke (saxophone), Wanda Baloyi, Kabomo, Morore “Morayks” Mphahlele, Lebo Mashile, Adam Glasser (harmonica), Mark Fransman (saxophone), Tshepo Mngoma (violin), Shaluza  Max” Mtambo and Tlale Makhene.

 Dhlamini has been a Music Director and Producer on many occasions; in 2009 to 2011 he was Lira’s music director for her Celebration DVD which won  SAMA's Best DVD. In 2013 he went on to become the Music Director for SABC 1’s Live AMP as well as the Producer and Creative Director for Mzantsi Jazz Awards in 2020. From 2022 Dhlamini has been the composer and musical Director for Sesame season 13-18. His most recent project is being Mzansi magic’s Afropop Nation Season two’s Musical director and Co-producer.
A few of the albums he has produced are, Bryce Anderson (2010- Co-Produced), which won best RnB both for the MTN SAMA Awards and Metro Awards Martin Phike- Man On A Mission (2011) Zama Jobe – Trail Blazer  (2012-composed and produced) Lulu Dikana (2012-Co produced and composed ) which was nominated for the Best Produced Album; Best Female Album; Best Contemporary Jazz Album Proverb
(2013) Khuli Chana (2012 as Music Director) Tsepo Tshola (2013) (composed and produced) Kabomo
(2014,16,18) (composed and produced)SAMA nominated album “Sekusile, Wanda Baloyi (2015-Love And Life) which went on to win Contemporary Jazz Album at the METRO Awards Brian Temba (2017 produced)
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MPUMI DHLAMINI LIVE 14 MAY 2022 REMASTERED
Mpumi Dhlamini Real Talk 2019
Mpumi Dhlamini Forever Always (Feat. McCoy Mrubata and Prince Lengoasa)

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