Jazz lecturer Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane has released his fifth album titled iHubo Labomdabu, a solo piano set featuring music composed during the lockdown period.
‘This album is informed by an imagination of my personal life experiences, political climate and imposed lifestyle,’ said Mashiloane. ‘The music tells of social awareness and interprets our daily life as it has changed. I hope my album offers introspection, peace and love.’
The 11-track album starts at a fast pace; however, the pulse changes as it takes the listener on an imaginative journey. This solo piano album sounds meditative, like a prayer, leaving headspace for the listener to decipher and interpret the music in their own way.
Mashiloane, now well-known both in the South African jazz scene and on international music stages, produced four earlier albums which were all well received. He is a multi-award winning and nominated artist at prestigious ceremonies and events such as the SAMAs, the AFRIMA awards and the International Urban Music Awards.
Currently, he is studying towards a PhD in which he aims, through the lens of South African jazz, to focus on the nostalgia-seeped themes of home he finds himself instinctively returning to.
His music is steeped in rich, indigenous history and scholarship that doesn’t try to erase the West’s influences in shaping how we see ourselves and our individual and collective relationship to music.
‘I have an aspirational view in raising awareness about the value of our works as Africans and I aim to be one of the influences in a new generation of musicians, music collectors and live music audiences proud of their African heritage,’ said Mashiloane.
iHubo Labomdabu is available on all digital platforms with a limited supply of hard copies available through email: firstname.lastname@example.org