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Sunday, July 31, 2011


Sibu Mashiloane and his band Unlockedkeys perform at the Monday lunch-hour concert at Howard College Theatre on August 1.

“The inspiration to form this band came from an increasing repertoire of my original compositions and the unforgettable arrangements of songs from different artists both national and international,” explains Sibu Mashiloane. “In 2007, I then started introducing the composition and arrangement of jazz standards for my Honours degree recital which I had to give at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Not only did I get a distinction for the splendid recital, but the band attracted more work for jazz festivals, competitions and other music opportunities.”

Sibu’s music is inspired by the work of South African musicians; Bheki Mseleku, Andile Yenana and Bra Zim. Sibu is currently studying for his masters degree in full jazz performance, and is a part-time lecturer at the university. The name of the band, Unlockedkeys, reflects a desire to transcend the boundaries of genre and style and create music without limits. The band members are all noted for their sensitivity to music, originality, creativity and passion and - as well as Sibu Mashiloane (piano) - include Bongani Sokhela (bass), Paki Peloeole (drums), Linda Sikhakhane (saxophone) and Sakhile Simane (trumpet).

UnlockedKeys will perform at 12h15 on August 1 at the Howard College Theatre on the UKZN Durban campus. Entrance to Monday lunch-hour concerts is free. For information call 031 260 3353.