DRUMROLL! SPHELELO “THE MUSICIAN”
By: Sinenhlanhla Mthembu
He is the center of attention, the life of the show, the pulse of the band and the most modest of his kind – he keeps his sophisticated gentleman status even when he is playing. Now, he is having his very first live show.
Sphelelo Mazibuko is well known for drumming in a blazer, something rare for drummers. He is also admired by his fans for giving out jovial energy, and this is evident through his famous drumming smile
“Music makes me happy. I can’t look depressed while I’m trying to give people good music,” says Mazibuko.
Other musicians speak of the same energy.
“He is a joy to watch. As a bass player, there is always great synergy between him and I. Music becomes so easy to play”, expressed Prince Bulo.
Bulo, who is founder of Africa Plus a trio that Mazibuko is part of, also described the drummer as “modern and scintillating”. Mazibuko started playing drums at age 14 and later pursued a career in music, majoring in jazz, drumming and media studies.
Drummers don’t usually have their own live shows, but excited Mazibuko has taken the initiative to keep this unlikely trend alive.
“Durban has a laid back jazz scene and drummers don’t feel the urge to stand out as solo musicians and artists, but feel comfortable just as supporting instrumentalists in a band.”
The show will be presenting Sphelelo Mazibuko the musician, not just the drummer. He believes music tells a story and the show will tell his musical story through some of the music he has come across.
Mazibuko has had the opportunity to play with diverse artists because of his versatility.
“I don’t deprive myself the chance of learning different kinds of music; I’m capable of going from traditional Zulu music to sophisticated music like jazz,” says the experimental drummer.
He draws his inspiration from international drummer, Kendrick Scott and local drummer Ayanda Sikade, and these are just two of his many inspirations.
The jazz show will feature Zoe “The Seed” Masuku, Ndu Shezi, Paraz, and Celestial Mic. This rare experience will be held on the night of the 1st of November at the Jazzy Rainbow, Durban.
Mazibuko promises that the show will reach every music lover, “I’m trying to show musicians and music lovers that music is music, there shouldn’t be lines between genres – let’s just enjoy music.
As he always says, “It’s my sound and I love it”.
Picture by: Mamsie Ntshangashe