Pianist Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane releases 6th album: Music From My People
Durban-based pianist and composer Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane is a virtuoso player and conductor, with his live performances being the drawing card that has garnered his audiences across the world and his recordings have received many prestigious awards. This month, he is releasing his 6th album titled ‘Music From My People, a rich album that reflects the composer’s sonic collaboration, geographic travel and pure intergenerational inspiration and influence.
“This album is a multifaceted vessel and sonic document that archives some of the sounds people have used and continue to use as a testimony of their social conditions,” says Mashiloane.
Music for my People is a 12-track album with a comprehensive approach that echoes many rhythmic languages, multi-generational comradery in sound, an exploration into self-identity. The creation is weaved in the fabric of family, community, country, the African continent and the world. The Jazz genre is interpreted in its many phases and decades, carrying along with the introspective experiences linked to those specific relevant times. The album is not carefully curated and synchronised to direct you from one point to another but more so a puzzle that pieces the listener’s personal interpretative experiences together, just as how Mashiloane’s journey of music has been.
Featuring in the album are a number of industry stalwarts, which was an important thing for Mashiloane as he wanted the different communities to speak through the music, such as percussionist Tlale Makhene, guitarist Bheki Khoza and tenor saxophone player Khaya Mahlangu. However, generations meet in his music, as he is also featuring young talents, some of these have studied under his supervision, such as bassist Qhubekanu Mthethwa, trumpet player Thabo Sikhakhane and vocalist Wandithanda Makandula.
Mashiloane, now synonymous with the South African Jazz scene and music stages across the globe, has released five albums that have since reached critical acclaim. He is a multi-award winning and nominated artist at prestigious ceremonies and events like the SAMAs, the AFRIMA awards and the International Urban Music Awards. At present, he is studying towards a PhD which befittingly aims, through the lens of South African Jazz, to focus on the nostalgia-seeped themes of home that Mashiloane can’t help but find himself instinctively returning to.
Six years ago Mashiloane has set himself a target to release one album a year for seven years. Since then, the audiences have enjoyed the following award-winning albums:
2017 – Amanzi’ Olwandle
2018 – Rotha: Tribute to Mama
2019- Closer to Home
2020 – Amanzi Nemifula: Umkhuleko
2021 – Ihubo Labomdabu
Hardcopies of Music for my People will be available for sale at all concerts for R150, and you can order through firstname.lastname@example.org. The album will be released on all digital platforms on 24 January 2022.
Full list of musicians featuring in the album:
Sibusiso Mashiloane – piano, synthesizer, composition and production
Mawande Kunene – Rhodes
Qhubekani Mthethwa – electric bass
Shaun Johannes – double bass
Bheki Khoza – guitar
Keenan Chas Ahrends – guitar
Thabo Sikhakhane – trumpet
Thembinkosi Khumalo – trombone
Khaya Mahlangu – tenor saxophone
Linda Sikhakhane – tenor saxophone
Buddy Wells – tenor saxophone
Tseleng Mokhatla – flute
Tlale Makhene – percussion
Billy Williams – drums
Siya Xulu – drums
Xolisa Roro Gqoli-Dlamini – first instrument
Nomthandazo Madiya – first instrument
Wandithanda Wandzay Makandula – first instrument
Images By : Hugh Mdlalose.