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Friday, November 17, 2017


(Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane. Photo by Black Lotus Photography)

Pianist and composer Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane released his second album Rotha – A Tribute to Mama end of August and has been performing the music from the album with an extensive album launch tour that included performances throughout the country. After successful performances in KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Mozambique, it is now time to treat Afrikan Freedom Station to this special music on November 25 at 20h00. He will perform with a trio renowned percussionist Tlale Makhene will join him as well as established double bass guitarist Ariel Zamonsky

Rotha is inherently a tribute to Mashiloane’s cherished and influential figures, experiences and memories, but most importantly a tribute to his mother Rotha who passed in 2016, while he was in studio to record Rotha. This is an acoustic traditional jazz album that radiates South African heritage sounds 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.

“The sounds were raw and danceable, persistent, then mellowing. Mashiloane’s leadership takes one on a journey of cadences, with tones of African rhythm and blues Zulu-style, and fused with swing-bop, hip hop, gospel and funk. Often, a blues rock unfolds, then Mashiloane’s piano sets the fast pace, and finally, crescendo!  The criminal is caught.” Carol Martin, for All Jazz Radio about a CPT performance.

The Mash Trio can be seen on November 25 at 20h00 when doors open with the music starting at 21h00 at the Afrikan Freedom Station, 41 5th Avenue, Westdene, Johannesburg.