Gegana, Mlungisi (South Africa)  
Mlungisi Gegana © S.Gordon 2005

Down to earth, unassuming and humble; Bass Jazz Guitarist, Mlungisi Gegana has arrived!

After travelling around the country to find his musical home, the man with over a decade of experience in the art of the bass guitar has settled in Johannesburg and has just released a long awaited Jazz fusion album aptly titled; One Step Forward.

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Genre: African Jazz, jazz
Hailing from the Eastern Cape, Mlungisi is a brilliant self-taught Bass Guitarist whose musical career saw him grow from pop music(with The Black Slaves) ,occasional club appearances(notably Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown) to a leading South African Jazz name with respect from his peers(Godfrey Mgcina, Vusi Khumalo and Louis Mahlanga to name a few) and a home with a prominent Jazz label; GalloJazz.

Credited as an exciting songwriter aswell, Mlungisi Gegana wrote all the songs on his debut album ,arranged and produced them too! He draws inspiration from Traditional and Mainstream Jazz fusion resulting in a style recognized as hard to classify but a pleasure to enjoy.

I pick up the bass(guitar) and start playing around with notes.. if I hear something I like, ke, I find it just naturally develops into a song.. says Mlungisi Gegana.

In live performances, he is accompanied by long-term friends and fellow Jazz maestros including : Mduduzi Mtshali on Piano, Clement Benny on Drums, Ivan Mazuze with Tenor and Soprano Sax as well as Niel Angel on Trumpet and Flugal Horn.

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