Composer and pianist Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane releases the third album: Closer to Home

Mashiloane’s third album release Closer to Home comes at a season in Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane’s career where he wants to zoom into his social and musical identity. Being born in Mpumalanga Province, surrounded by Ndebele, Pedi and Swazi people and later moving to KwaZulu Natal, 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 be 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 3 backing vocalists.

About the choice of musicians that contributed to this music he says “these musicians all take pride in their identity and are not only driven by their music’s skill impressions but also by relevancy and accuracy.”

Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane is a prolific artist whose academic credentials speak volume for the kind of passion and discipline he has for music. He has a Masters in Jazz Performance and graduated Cum Laude from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Mash is an integral performer and has been well received by audiences while touring the country and beyond to promote his albums “Amanz’ Olwandle” (2016) and “Rotha – A Tribute to Mama” (2017). Amanz’ Olwandle won two Mzantsi Jazz Awards for Best Jazz album and Rotha is currently nominated for the prestigious international Afrima Awards in the category of best male in Southern Africa.

Not only is Mash a great artist in this very vibrant time in South African jazz music, he is also a teacher with a focused goal to help grow talent from a firm foundation of African Roots. He lectures at the University of KwaZulu Natal and Durban Music School. His focus is to teach and organize live music performances with his students focusing on South African composers. Mashiloane is currently doing his PHD focusing on South African composers.

Event listing:

Official launch

Saturday 1 September

The Chairman, Durban

146 Mahatma Gandhi Road


Bookings: 079 753 6313 or

Johannesburg Launch

Friday 7 September

Niki’s Jazz Restaurant

138 Bree Street

Newtown Precinct (opp Market Theatre)



Bookings: 082 – 448 6376 or

Other launch dates (details to follow):

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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