Mashiloane was nominated in two categories: Male South African Male Artist and Best African Jazz Art.
The main pianist was nominated for the play Niza of the second album Rotha – A tribute to Mom which was launched in 2017. Niza was influenced by Mash's background. "I listened and watched a lot of traditional dancers, from iZangoma to amaSokane, and the sounds and movements are what inspired me to compose Niza," he said.
"I also recognize my music as being embedded in the society I call home and will not be able to compose the music I do without the influence of my country and the city I live in. This makes me proud of being able to represent my culture through music and be recognized for its creation, "he said.
Mashiloane is a prolific musician whose academic credentials speak volumes about the kind of passion and discipline he has for music. He holds a master's degree in jazz performances and graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
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He is also a teacher in order to help raise talent from a firm African roots foundation. He teaches at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Durban Music School. His goal is to teach and organize live music shows with his students, focusing on composers in South Africa.
Mashiloane is currently doing his Ph.D. on Composers in South Africa.
– The news agency in Africa