Jazz­ing up South African mu­sic

Vuk'uzenzele - - Yoguetnhefroaclus -

RENOWNED in­stru­men­tal­ist to bring African sound dur­ing his shows in Pre­to­ria.

Mu­sic lovers can ex­pect tra­di­tional jazz that ra­di­ates with South African her­itage dur­ing Sibu­siso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane’s shows at the State The­atre.

Mashiloane will make the pi­ano keys dance at two ground-break­ing per­for­mances that will dif­fer from each other.

For the first con­cert, hap­pen­ing on 13 April, Mashiloane is bring­ing the pow­er­ful Mash Trio from Dur­ban.

Dur­ing the sec­ond per­for­mance, on 18 May, he will pay homage to leg­ends such as Zim Ngqawana, Andile Ye­nana, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Bheki Mse­leku.

“I feel hon­oured 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.

The pi­anist has a long-term view of giv­ing Africans mu­sic that val­ues our lo­cal roots and breeds a new, de-colonised gen­er­a­tion of mu­si­cians, mu­sic col­lec­tors and live mu­sic au­di­ences who will pride them­selves on their African her­itage.

Mashiloane is a pro­lific artist whose aca­demic cre­den­tials speak vol­umes about the pas­sion and dis­ci­pline he has for mu­sic.

He has a Mas­ters in Jazz Per­for­mance and grad­u­ated Cum Laude from the Uni­ver­sity of KwaZulu-Natal. He is cur­rently busy with his PhD, fo­cus­ing on South African com­posers, and also lec­tures at the Uni­ver­sity of KwaZulu-Natal and Dur­ban Mu­sic School.

His teach­ings have a strong fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing and grow­ing tal­ent from a firm foun­da­tion of African roots.

Mashiloane is an in­te­gral per­former and has been well re­ceived by au­di­ences while tour­ing the coun­try and be­yond to pro­mote his two al­bums: Amanz’ Ol­wan­dle and

Rotha – A Trib­ute to Mama.

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