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Sydney Mavundla – Trumpet
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Sydney Mavundla – Trumpet

Sydney was born in Johannesburg but was brought up in Barberton, Mpumulanga. At the age of 11 he moved to Durban and at 12 started having Cornet lessons from his father which resulted in him playing with the Salvation Army Band. By age 15 after lessons from Prince Lengoasa and further lessons (and influence) from Brian Thusi he was headed in the direction of Jazz. Theory lessons with Cyril Khumalo at age 18 enabled him to register at age 21 with the University of Natal for a B.Mus. degree studying with Darius Brubeck.

In 1995 he went to Florida International University as an exchange student from Natal. While there he had the opportunity to have trumpet lessons from the legendary Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval and John Bailey. Back in South Africa, Sydney relocated to Johannesburg where he joined Steve Dyer's "Southern Freeway" for a tour of Zimbabwe. He subsequently toured Germany, Holland, Zimbabwe and Cape Town with Steve Dyer in "Mahube". As well as playing with the Fat Sound, Sydney has played with many of South Africa's star musicians such as Vusi Khumalo, Jimmy Dludlu, Victor Ntoni, McCoy Mrubata and the late Moses Molelekwa. He often appears with Bruce Cassidy in the former's "Hot Foot Sympathy Orchestra" Graham Scott Big Band and JMI (Johannesburg Music Initiative Orchestra) and Mango Groove.

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