Louis Mhlanga is a renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and a Jazz artist who is based in South Africa.

Background

Louis was born on 10 November 1956. He grew up in Mbare where his father was the owner of Jabulani Stores. He was married to Margaret Indi who died in the late 1990s.

Career

Loius grew up in a family which was endowed with musicians. At the age of 10, he began to teach himself how to play the guitar imitating artists like Jimi Hendrix,The Beatles, Rolling Stones,Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple amongst others. He launched his career as a guitarist in the 1970. He thus began to work with many artists including Shaka, Oliver Mtukudzi, Illanga.

He recorded his first album which was a flop. He subsequently relocated to South Africa where he worked with Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, Jimmy Dhludhlu and other South Africa jazz artists. In the early 1990s, BMG recorded and released Mhlanga's album paving his way to rise to stardom.

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In 1998, he toured Europe addressing at workshops as well as teaching some of his fans. In 1999, he produced Eric van der Westen.. He als played with the famous Dutch Jazz Band, The Paul van Kemenade Quintet. During that year, he worked with Vusi Mahlasela, producing an album, Vusi and Loius Live at the Bassline. The following year, he produced Mahlasela's 4th album.

In 2001, he regrouped his band which he renamed Loius Mhlanga Group eventually releasing his ablum Mukai which was followed by Music yeAfrika and Shamwari. The Group was invited to perform at the Standard Bank National Arts Festivals which were held in 2001 in Grahamstown in South Africa.

Trivia

Mhlanga's song, Zvinoshamisa was was used as the soundtrack of a video clip produced by Education International and NOVIB for their Global Campaign Against Child Labour and The Right for All Children to Education campaign.

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