Sibusiso Mashiloane, a UKZN jazz lecture set to launch his album titled, Closer to Home.

DURBAN - Growing up in a diverse and multicultural environment inspired a University of KwaZulu-Natal music lecturer to go back to his roots through music. 

And so he did, Sibusiso Mashiloane, a jazz lecturer at the Howard College campus, is set to launch his album, Closer to Home.

The album would be launched at different cities, but the Durban launch is set to take on Spring Day at the Chairman's Jazz Lounge in Durban. Launch event dates will follow in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Swaziland.

Mashiloane was born in Mpumalanga and had a diverse upbringing, growing up among Ndebele, Pedi and Swazi speaking people, before moving to KwaZulu-Natal.

He said the album was a culmination of all the musical dialects and the characteristics of the communities he has lived with in his life.

I grew up exposed to different cultures which also had an impact and influenced music," he said.

"The album is part of my PhD research which is about South African music and the identities of South African jazz. My music is linked to my identity," he said.

He promised an impressive 11-piece band on stage by established names including guitarist Kunle Ayo, Tlale Makhene on percussions, Paki Peloeole on drums and Qhubekani Mthetwa on bass guitar. A brass section with Mthunzi Mvubu on saxophone, Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet and Thembinkosi Ngcobo on trombone, would form part of the team, along with a yet to be confirmed pianist and backing vocalists.

"These musicians all take pride in their identity and are not only driven by their music’s skill impressions but also by relevance and accuracy,” said Mashiloane.

He said it was not a difficult task being a lecturer and musician at the same time.

"What is nice about my career is that my students get inspired and can see it is doable. I go to performances and come back to work in a willing platform, the students I teach take lessons from me and are willing to learn," said Mashiloane.

SUNDAY TRIBUNE