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Jazz Lecturer Performs Busking Session at The Workshop

12 Oct, 2017

UKZN lecturer Mr Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane.

The 2017 Mzantsi Jazz Award winner and UKZN lecturer Mr Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane recently performed live at The Workshop, Durban.

Mashiloane performed as part of his three-man band dubbed “Mash Trio”. It comprises him on piano, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Riley Giandhari on drums,

Mashiloane has two recordings under his belt, his debut album “Amanz’Olwandle”, and his most recent recording “Rotha”. He is popular for his open ended and adaptive kind of contemporary and traditional jazz which draws inspiration from soul, gospel, lounge and tribal sounds.

Despite this band comprising of accomplished professional musicians and the band leader Mashiloane being a music academic who lectures music at  UKZN and at Durban Music School, he has taken a conscious decision of bringing his music to the people under the motto: ‘taking music to the streets’.  

This kind of music performance is known as “busking” where artists perform at open spaces for the public in return for voluntary appreciation donations.  However, Mashiloane’s objective for his band’s busking session is to expose his brand of music to the general public, who would normally not have an opportunity of witnessing live jazz music.

Through this project, Mashiloane hopes to inspire young people who may consider taking music up as their profession, he also intends contributing in developing new jazz music audiences, and most importantly hopes his music will bring hope, a smile and positivity to everyone who witnessed his performance.

Mashiloane feels he needs to extend this old tradition of “busking” as he witnessed its positive vibrations during his stay and music study in the United States of America.  ‘This busking tradition is slowly making a comeback as popular artists such as Erykah Badu, Bono, George Michael, BB King and many others have been doing it,’ he explained. 

Melissa Mungroo

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