Sibusiso Mashiloane Moves Jazz Closer to Home – CD Review

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CD Review by CAROL MARTIN I always thought this Durban-based jazz piano composer, teacher, and performer, Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane, was already pretty glued to ‘home’ ethnicities from which he derives his pride in studying and presenting South Africa’s musical demography. In his most recent album, Closer to Home (2018), we hear how each hill that he traverses […]

Jazz saxophonist/flautist Ivan Mazuze excels with Afro/Latin/Nordic storytelling in ‘Ndzuti’ (2012)

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Saxophonist and flautist, Norway-based Ivan Mazuze, has chosen a stellar set of international musicians who journey with him in his 2012 album, Ndzuti, which means ‘shadow’ in the ancient language of Xichangana of Mazuze’s native southern Mozambique. This album has elements from both southern and West African traditions with Jazz based structures, suggesting how widely Mazuze […]