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Tuesday, May 21, 2019


(Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane)

In association with The Chairman, iSupport Creative Business presents a uniquely curated concert of pianist and composer Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane at The Chairman on Saturday May 25, 2019.

Fresh from a SAMA Nomination, Africa Day and his birthday weekend, Mashiloane has many reasons to celebrate: “My SAMA 25 nomination and my birthday seemed great reasons to celebrate at The Chairman, the same venue where I launched my album Closer to Home. But, above all, I invite all to come celebrate African unity through music on Africa Day,” says Mashiloane.

Durban-based composer and pianist Mashiloane would not be himself, if he would not curate a unique experience for the occasion. He is currently busy recording a re-arranged edition of his album Amanz’ Olwandle and Closer to Home, which includes two chapters, in this performance he would like to give the audience a first glimpse of these two chapters. The first chapter titled iZayoni draws its inspiration from the music phrasing melodies taken from the African Zion Church. The second chapter zooms into the feeling of home in South African music and is titled The Village. The music will be accompanied by a range of visual surprises to make it a full-circle sonic experience.

Joining him for this performance on stage is Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar and Riley Giandhari on drums.

Fresh from a SAMA25 nomination, Mashiloane’s third album release Closer to Home comes at a season in his career where he wants to zoom into his social and musical identity. Being born in Mpumalanga province, surrounded by Ndebele, Pedi and Swati people and later moving to KwaZulu-Natal, he observed that each society breathes its own character: “If that character is not embraced the significance of being part of it, is lost” says Mashiloane. All the cultures he experienced have their own transitional, cultural practices which gives birth to new societies of mixed cultures and traditions. You can clearly hear this in his album Closer to Home, which is a culmination of all the musical dialects and the characteristics of the communities he has stayed and shared with. It is, however, not a complete reflection, but a serious starting point, which he trusts to attain a better understanding and revelations through his studies and musical encounters.

Mashiloane is a prolific artist whose academic credentials speak volumes 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 KwaZulu-Natal. Mash is an integral performer and has been well received by audiences while touring the country and beyond to promote his albums Amanz’ Olwandle (2016), Rotha – A Tribute to Mama (2017) and Closer to Home (2018).  Amanz’ Olwandle won two Mzantsi Jazz Awards for Best Jazz album and Rotha won the prestigious international Afrima Awards in the categories of best Best African Jazz.

Closer to Home is currently nominated for a SAMA Award for Best Jazz Album. Not only is Mash a great artist in this very vibrant time in South African jazz music, he is also a teacher with a focused goal to help grow talent from 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. Mashiloane is currently doing his PhD which looks at the musical construction of home through a South African Jazz Lens.

Mash appears on May 25 at 23h00 at The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban. Entrance R150 (deducted from food and drinks bill). Bookings: 079 753 6313 or