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), “Rotha – A Tribute to Mama” (2017) and Closer to Home (2019). Amanz’ Olwandle won two Mzantsi Jazz Awards for Best Jazz album and with Rotha Mashiloane won Best Jazz Artist in Africa at the prestigious international Afrima Awards. Closer to Home won Best Male at the Mzantsi Jazz Awards in 2019 and was also nominated for Best Jazz at the AFRIMA and South African Music Awards.
For all his wide understanding of music, the drawcard for Mashiloane is still his persona on the live stage, where he is both conductor and virtuoso player, almost falling off his stool as he burrows into a groove.
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 the concept of home through the South African jazz lens.