25 - 5:55 PM
Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane - Espace Gould
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 Mashiloane 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, is very close to Sibusiso’s heart: it was recorded on the day his mother passed away and has compositions that were written in 2003 at beginning of his career as a musician. 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.
This album is inherently a tribute to Mashiloane’s cherished and influential figures, experiences and memories, but most importantly a tribute to his mother Rotha. The album was nominated for 3 awards at the Mzantsi Jazz Awards and the song "Niza" earned him a nomination as Best Male in Southern Africa and an award for Best Jazz Artist in Africa at the AFRIMA awards.
In September 2018, Mash released his third album Closer to Home which came at a season in Sibusiso Mash Mashloane’s career where he wants to zoom into his social and musical identity. Being born in Mpumalanga Province, surrounded by Ndebele, Pedi and Swazi 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.