Mbijana Sibisi. Picture: Black Lotus
Mbijana Sibisi. Picture: Black Lotus

Guitarist and vocalist Mbijana Sibisi will share his stories when he tours KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. He is now based in Belgium and is touring South Africa until 1 May, 2019.

Joining him will be guitarist Milton Chissano and percussionist Njabulo Shabalala. And for The Playhouse performance he will also feature Doctor Vezi on bass.

Storytelling and Zulu folk

Mijana Sibisi’s music can be described as a mixture of storytelling and Zulu folk sound. He considers himself to be a social commentator, using his music to convey stories about societal issues.

What spurred him on to tour? Sibisi says: “I am inspired by musicians who I meet in Brussels, travelling around Europe and beyond, with their backpacks and instruments sharing their songs in every city they get to. If you know me from before, you should expect a grown me in upcoming tour. I will perform new songs and the audience can also expect an experience instead of just a show. We are preparing a nice line up of pop, jazz and original music that evolve around the theme of migration.” 

Mbijana Sibisi, a qualified dental nurse, gave up his job in 2013 at the age of 22, to become a full-time musician. His career has taken off after performances throughout South Africa, but also in Belgium, France, Spain, Uganda and Reunion Islands.

In 2016 Sibisi entered The Voice, later releasing his first EP, History. He is working on an album for release later this year. For now watch Mbijana Sibisi A Girl I Wanna Know.

Mbijana Sibisi tour gigs

Umzumbe – Mantis & Moon Backpackers
Tuesday 26 March, Free, donations
Address: 178 Station Road, Umzumbe
Info: 039 684 6256 / info@mantisandmoon.net

Port St. Johns – Amapondo Backpackers
Wednesday 27 March, 8pm, Free, donations
Address: Second Beach Rd, Port St Johns
Info: 083 315 3103 / info@amapondo.co.za

Plettenberg Bay – Surf Café
Friday 29 March – 8pm – Free, donations
Address: 10 Beacon Isle Centre, Piesang Valley, Plettenberg Bay
Info: 044 533 6801 / surfcafeplett@gmail.com

Nature’s Valley – Wild Spirit Backpackers
Saturday 30 March – 8pm – Free, donations
Address: R102, Nature’s Valley Road, Crags, Nature’s Valley
Info: 082 828 8008 / info@wildspiritlodge.co.za

Knysna – Ingoma Bar & Grill
Sunday 31 March
Address: 21-23 Main Road, Knysna Central
Info: 072 794 2630

Musician Mbijana Sibisi

Greyton – Greyton Eco Lodge
Monday 1 April – 7pm – R50
Address: 36 Park Street, Greyton
Info: 072 626 7052 / info@ecolodgegreyton.co.za

Cape Town – Alma Café
Wednesday 3 April – 6.30pm – R40
Address: 20 Alma Road, Rosebank, Cape Town
Info: 021 685 7377 / dictait@rainbow.co.za

Cape Town – Mojo Market
Saturday 6 April – 1pm – Free
Address: 30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Info: 087 940 7474 / manager@mojomarket.co.za

Cape Town – Barleycorn Music Club
Monday 8 April – 7pm – R40 / R30 (students)
Address: Saggy Stone, 11 Imam Haron Road, Cape Town
Info: 082 493 1564 / utahiggs@gmail.com

Fish Hoek – False Bay Folk Club
Tuesday 9 April – 6.30pm – R60
Address: Clovelly Country Club, 177 Clovelly Road, Clovelly
Bookings: 083 309 9907 / falsebayfolk@gmail.com

Cape Town – The House of Machines
Wednesday 10 April – 9pm – Free
Address: 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Info: 021 422 0946 / workshop@thehouseofmachines.com

Underberg – Splashy Fen Festival (Acoustic Stage)
Friday 19 April – 7.30pm – R450 (day ticket)
Address: Bushmans Nek Road, Underberg
Info: www.splashyfen.co.za

Ballito – Lifestyle Market
Saturday 27 April – 13.30pm – 3.30pm Free
Address: Ballito Lifestyle Centre, CNR 398/445 Main Road
Info: 032 946 8540 / info@ballitolifestylecentre.co.za

In association with Concerts SA and iSupport Music Business. More Cape Town music: https://weekendspecial.co.za/whats-on-in-cape-town-music-diary/

Who: Guitarist vocalist Mbijana Sibisi
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