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Thursday, March 21, 2024



(Above: Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane -image by Tseliso Monaheng)

Durban-based pianist, composer, and researcher Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane has been awarded the prestigious HSS Award for Music Composition. This recognition celebrates artistic merit and cultural depth showcased in his album Music from My People. The award, presented by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) Awards, honours significant contributions in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) fields.

“This award is deeply meaningful,” says Mashiloane “It not only validates my work, but also serves as a powerful reminder to our people, particularly the younger generation, of the importance of tradition and cultural music – the very foundation of our musical identity.”

Mashiloane's album seamlessly blends the vibrant tapestry of African music styles with the sophistication of Jazz. This fusion creates a unique and cohesive listening experience where diverse musical elements come together harmoniously.

Music from My People stood out amongst other submissions, with the jury commending its “high production quality and a level of composition that reflects the artist’s experience”. Notably, Mashiloane also received long-listings for two other albums, Izibongo and Ihubo Labomdabu.

Mashiloane's piano playing is characterised by both technical finesse and a dynamic style. His ability to guide the music with precise timing allows the album's elements to seamlessly interweave and evolve. Each track presents a distinct soundscape, drawing inspiration from South Africa’s cultural heritage. Collaborations with a multitude of talented musicians further elevate the album, their collective contributions and individual performances solidifying its recognition.

Mashiloane's ongoing research, focusing on the concept of "the sounds of home" through his PhD studies, directly influences his creative process, evident in Music from My People. This critically-acclaimed album joins a string of successes for the musician, including six previous awards and nominations for prestigious accolades like the SAMAs and the AFRIMA Awards.

A key figure in the South African Jazz scene, Mashiloane's artistry continues to garner international attention. His dedication to his craft, exploration of cultural heritage, and his multifaceted role as lecturer, researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and relentless pursuit of understanding "the sounds of home" position him for a future filled with boundless creative endeavours.

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