Amanzimtoti composer and pianist, Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane has released his third album ‘Closer to Home’.
Closer to Home comes at a time in Mash’s career where he wants to zoom into his social and musical identity. Born in Mpumalanga province, surrounded by Ndebele, Pedi and Swazi people, and later moving to Toti, he observed that each society breathes its own character: “If that character is not embraced the significance of being part of it, is lost,” says Mashiloane.
All the cultures he experienced have their own transitional, cultural practices, which gives birth to new societies of mixed cultures and traditions. You can clearly hear this in his album Closer To Home, which is a culmination of all the musical dialects and the characteristics of the communities he has stayed and shared with. It is, however, not a complete reflection but a serious starting point, which he trusts to attain a better understanding and revelations through his studies and musical encounters.
During his planned launch tour, he will present Closer to Home live for audiences in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Swaziland, starting with the official launch on Saturday, 1 September at The Chairman in Durban.
For this performance an impressive 11-piece band , that all also contributed in the album, will be on stage, featuring established names such as Kunle Ayo on guitar, Tlale Makhene on percussions, Paki Peloeole on drums and Qhubekani Mthetwa on bass guitar. He will also featuring a brass section with Mthunzi Mvubu on saxophone, Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet and Thembinkosi Ngcobo on trombone. Lastly the pianist will be joined by three backing vocalists.
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Friday, 8 September
Niki’s Jazz Restaurant
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Other launch dates:
Swaziland launch: 28 September
Eastern Cape launch: 10 October at Rhodes University
Cape Town launch: 16 November at The Muizenberg Jazz Festival.
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