Artist Profiles: Mandla Lande

Mandla Lande – African drums, percussion (jembe/congas), vocals, dance/acrobatics.

Born on 30 May 1962, in Langa, Mandla Lande means ‘power’ and is the name given to him because of his strength as a child. He went to school in Langa and, upon leaving, played football for the Young Chiefs team.

He joined the church choir in 1976, where he met the other members of Amampondo, but music was a part-time interest until he joined the group in 1983. Mandla toured with Juno Reactor from November 2000 through to 2001.


Searching for the missing link ‎(Teal Trutone Music, 1986)
State Of Emergency ‎(Assembly Records, 1988)
Feel The Pulse Of Africa (Claremont Records, 1989)
State Of Emergency ‎(ProJazz, 1990)
An Image Of Africa (EWM Records, 1992)
Drums For Tomorrow (M.E.L.T. 2000, 1997)
Inyama ‎(Mountain Records, 1997)
Vuyani ‎(M.E.L.T. 2000, 2000)
Raw And Undiluted ‎(M.E.L.T. 2000, 2005)
IntSholo ‎(Mountain Records, 2008)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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