Pianist and composer plays at International Jazz Festival

2018-03-27 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedSibusiso Mash Mashiloane represents KwaZulu Natal at Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

PHOTO: SuppliedSibusiso Mash Mashiloane represents KwaZulu Natal at Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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PROLIFIC pianist and composer Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane will be performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Saturday March 24, before he does, he will host a “send-off” concert at The Chairman in Durban on Friday March 24.

The artist is very excited and proud to be part of this year’s festival, it is like the cherry on top of his hard work over the past few years.

“As a proudly South African musician, I am really thankful for the opportunity to be part of the CTIJF 2018, the joy that I have is beyond description,” he said.

Audiences can expect a ground-breaking performance, since Mashiloane is bringing his whole 7-piece band for both performances. Joining Mashiloane on keys will be Riley Giandhari on drums, Tlale Makhene on percussion, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar, Zoetheseed on vocals, Thami Mamhlangu on saxophone and Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet.

“Jazz lovers must be ready to allow their themselves an opportunity to fall in love with jazz again. I believe that music is for everybody to join in, so people must be prepared to dance and sing.” promises Mashiloane.

Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane is a prolific artist who’s academic credentials speak volume for the kind of passion and discipline he has for music. He has a Masters in Jazz Performance and graduated Cum Laude from the University of KwaZuu Natal. Mash is an integral performer and has been well received by audiences while touring the country and beyond to promote his two albums “Amanz’ Olwandle” (2016) and “Rotha – A Tribute to Mama” (2017).

His debut album Amanz’ Olwandle (released in December 2016) was the first glimpse of a very promising musical journey through jazz, an accrual and reflection of every music experience he has accumulated throughout his upbringing and music career. Amanz’ Olwandle was awarded with 2 awards at the first ever Mzantsi Jazz Awards, best Contemporary Jazz Album (decided by a jury) and Best Jazz Album (voted for by the public). The awards aim to recognize excellence in jazz music in South Africa.

In August 2017, his second album “Rotha – A Tribute to Mama” followed. This second album is an acoustic traditional jazz album that radiates South African heritage sound and universal jazz influences. He describes this album as mostly sharing Coltrane’s harmonic movements with African influences within the melody and most notably references to South African tribal and spiritual sounds.

Not only is Mash a great artist in this very vibrant time in South African jazz music, he also is a teacher with a focused goal to help grow talent form a firm foundation of African Roots. He lectures at the University of KwaZulu Natal and Durban Music School. His focus is to teach and organize live music performances with his students focusing on South African composers and in line with this development Mashiloane is currently busy with his second PHD focusing on South African composers.

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