JAM [Jazz Artist Management] has been in the making for the last 20 years.

Over this period, Real Wired Music has been approached by many great artists to help with management and exclusive booking.

2019 is the year that we decided to offer a few artists management and in some cases, exclusive booking contracts.

We aim to help shape careers, mutually make the right decisions and join the journey with a few great artists.

JAM Artists

MANDISI DYANTYIS

Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Mandisi began playing the trumpet at the age of 8. He Studied Classical music throughout his schooling career (Pearson High School) and emerged from the University of Cape Town with a BMus Honors Degree in Jazz Studies in 2005 where he played in the UCT Big Band for most of his studies. He is a versatile musician who is also a composer, arranger and producer not only in Jazz but Western Classical and African Indigenous Music as well. He has played with some of the country’s top musicians over the years. These include Jimmy Dludlu, The Abdullah Ibrahim Big Band, Robbie Jansen, Max Vidima, Moreira Chonguica just to name a few. He has produced, played and co written on Nomfundo Xaluva’s multi award winning albums KUSILE and From Now On. 

Mandisi has just released his debut album, titled SOMANDLA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00aZmZeo6Lc). Released only at the end of October, this body of work has already garnered significant and positive attention on all spheres of media and radio. SOMANDLA is a work premised on the sacred act of prayer, peppered with issues of current societal interest and most noteworthy, the “old school” romantic sentiment delivered in the persuasive elegance of his mother tongue, isiXhosa. This performance is a befitting exhibition of Dyantyis’s versatility as a prolific songwriter/composer, trumpeter, and outstanding vocal artist (https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/somandla/1440476891).

He currently holds the position of Musical Director for theatre company Isango Ensemble (site.isangoensemble.org.za), previously known as Portobello. He has held this position since 2008 and has traveled around the globe as it’s musical director to places like  London (West End), Cape Town (Fugard Theater), Ireland, Singphore, Japan and USA. He was nominated for NAACP Award for Best musical Director (National Association for the Advancement of ColouredPeople, Los Angeles) as well as Artist in Residence at the New York University Drama School in 2010.

Mandisi Dyantyis

[Review 20th February 2019]
Somandla
Milestone Studios
2018

This is what Dan Bilawsky from All About Jazz magazine had to say:

“Trumpeter and vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis, born in Port Elizabeth in the early ’80s and based in Cape Town today, has been a steady presence on the scene for well over a decade. Somandla, his debut, makes the case for a multi-faceted artistry with an impassioned outlook. Opening on the a cappella vocal layers of ‘Molweni’, a number blending folk purity and a near-operatic strength, Dyantyis presents a mature and self-assured sound. But it’s not just vocals that offer that face. The same confidence comes through on the slow and soulful ‘Olwethu’, where his trumpet shares the spotlight with Wells’ tenor. He’s a serious double- threat and a talent worth knowing.

The prayerful ‘I Search’, which happens to be one of two tracks featuring Lilley on piano, finds Dyantyis using his horn to look for answers. Elsewhere he’s often the one giving them. The follow-up, ‘Because You Knew’, moves from moody introspection to stirring heights and back again. ‘Ingoma Yenkedama’, pairing Dyantis’ sincere vocals with pianist Bokani Dyer’s wistful chording, makes a deep impression on the heart. Finally, the slow-groove R&B of ‘Molo, Sisi!’, grounded by Sean Sanby’s bass and pianist Blake Hellaby’s steady support, finds both of the leader’s voices giving their all. Whether you speak the language or not, everything Dyantyis says (and plays) sings straight and true.”