Prolific pianist, composer and UKZN Jazz lecturer Mr Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane will be performing at The State Theatre on Friday 18 May. Tickets for the show which starts at 8pm are R120 at Computicket.
Audiences can expect a ground-breaking performance in which Mashiloane is bringing the powerful Mash Trio from Durban. Joining Mashiloane will be UKZN jazz students Mr Riley Giandhari on drums and Mr Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar. There will be a special feature by vocalist Mihi Matshingana.
‘A visit to The State Theatre is extra special, since it is my first time in the city. The audience can expect music from both my albums and a little preview from my upcoming album “Closer to Home”….Expect traditional jazz that radiates a South African heritage sound,’ promises Mashiloane.
He will also pay homage to his legends. For this performance, Mashiloane will be presenting some of the finest music composed by legendary musicians: Zim Ngqawana, Andile Yenana, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Bheki Mseleku.
Mashiloane has a long-term view of conscientising Africans about the value of their own works and aims to breed a new decolonised generation of musicians, music collectors and live music audiences who will pride themselves about their own African heritage.
‘I feel honored to get an opportunity to pay tribute to my legends. This is the music I grew up with, that influenced me and coming from the composers that I respect so much. I want to make sure these compositions will never be forgotten. It is our heritage that must be preserved,’ said Mashiloane.
Mashiloane has a Masters in Jazz Performance and graduated cum laude from UKZN. He is an integral performer and has been well received by audiences while touring the country and beyond to promote his two albums “Amanz’ Olwandle” (2016) and “Rotha – A Tribute to Mama” (2017).
His focus is to teach and organize live music performances with his students focusing on South African composers and in line with this development Mashiloane is currently busy with his PhD focusing on South African composers.
Photographer: Melissa Mungroo