UKZN jazz lecturer Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane launched his highly anticipated fourth studio album Amanzi Nemifula – Umkhuleko, during a concert at The Chairman in Durban with the Mash Trio Acoustic.
Mash Trio consists of Mashiloane on keys, double bassist Dalisu Ndlazi and drummer Riley Giandhari. The trio has worked together for many years on refining some of the existing compositions by Mashiloane.
Speaking about his album, he said: ‘The music fluidly embodies the African indigenous metaphysics of the integral role of water in lived experiences and influences in daily African life. Playing upstream back to the rivers of memories that are the centre of growing up in many communities that I come from, the inspiration spills into sound.’
The rivers theme is also metaphoric to internet streams, music venues, radios etc. as vessels that bring the substance of sound to the masses, the listeners.
The first instalment of this project is an acoustic set performed by the Mash Trio. The second instalment, Izayoni The Village, is collaborative and evokes emotions of the spiritual realm. ‘There is an air of trance like vibrancy, with Africa spiritual tones that permeates into a spring season upbeat mood within the music,’ said Mashiloane.
Then uMkhuleko adds some spiritual elements while Amanzi Nemifula indirectly explores the meaning of water and shows appreciation to our oceans, rivers and communities.