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Pianist Sibusiso Mashiloane releases ‘Music From My People’

Durban-based pianist and composer Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane is a virtuoso player and conductor, well-known for his live performances and award-winning recordings. This month, he is releasing his 6th album titled Music From My People, an 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.’

Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane
Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane
Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane PHOTO Hugh Mdlalose

Music From My People is a 12-track album with a comprehensive approach that features many rhythmic languages, a multi-generational comradery in sound and an exploration into self-identity. The creation is weaved into the fabric of family, community, country, the African continent and the world. 

Featured on the album are a number of industry stalwarts, which was an important factor for Mashiloane who wanted different communities to speak through the music, such as percussionist Tlale Makhene, guitarist Bheki Khoza and tenor saxophone player Khaya Mahlangu. Generations also converge in his music, as he is featuring young talents, some of whom have studied under his supervision, such as bassist Qhubekanu Mthethwa, trumpet player Thabo Sikhakhane and vocalist Wandithanda Makandula.

His history of music

Mashiloane 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 aims, through the lens of South African Jazz, to focus on the themes of home that Mashiloane can’t help but find himself 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 Amanzi’ Olwandle (2017), Rotha: Tribute to Mama (2018), Closer to Home (2019), Amanzi Nemifula: Umkhuleko (2020) and Ihubo Labomdabu (2021).

Music From My People will be released on all digital platforms on 24 January 2022.

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