Phumlani Mtiti / Sibusiso Dlamini

OLOGICAL STUDIES is a concept designed to encourage self discovery of one’s purpose in life. It is a highest level of “Study”
because ultimately it is very crucial that every individual finds purpose and identity. Finding purpose and identity is definitely
not a new philosophy, but Ological Studies has brought a new and relevant meaning in these modern times. This concept is
broad; however, Phumlan iMtiti (alto saxophone) and Sibusiso Dlamini (piano) as founder members of this great life concept
generally base it on their musical form of expression.

Ological Studies was founded in 2008. Their musical style contains influences of Jazz, Gospel, Avantigarde, Free Jazz, African
music, Funk & R ‘n’ B.Ological members are currently studying at the University of Cape Town college of music. Their greatest
influence is God.

Ological Studies has been privileged to work and performed alongside prominent musicians. Musicians who act as role models to
Ological Studies are: Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett, Andile Yenana, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Richard Bona to name a few.
Ologists (as people call them) have performed in the Baxter theatre, Artscape Theatre, the University of Cape Town. They’ve
been featured by media broadcasters and articles such as SA fm, Fine Music Radio, Radio 2000,Die Son, Cape Argus, Bizability,
WhatsOn!, Bush Radio, UCT radio.” Our goal is to tour around the country before venturing into world stages”.

Ological Studies finally manages to record their debut album in mid-November 2009 entitled Free-Dom which was recently
released. This album features songs like Latest Groove, The Gathering Of Great Minds, and Siyabangena.In the
albumOlogical Studies has compiled different genres like African Jazz, Gospel, R ‘n’ B and House music into one product
hence it is called Freedom and they have worked with the likes of Tseke Malatji (tenor saxophone), Chad Honigwachs
(electric bass), Mark Montgomery (electric guitar). As founder members Sibusiso Dlamini (piano, keyboard, vocals) and
Phumlani Mtiti (alto saxophonist) are excited and ready to take their music to the rest of the world.
Ological Studies duo scoop award at the 17th annual South African Music Awards
University of Cape Town’s music students Phumlani Mtiti (alto saxophone) and Sibusiso Dlamini (piano), walked away the proud
recipients of the award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album at this year’s South African Music Awards (SAMA).

As their name “Ological Studies” suggests, this group has indeed taken their passion and study for music to the highest levels. Studying at the highest ranked institution on the continent, at one of the oldest music college in the land, and now receiving an
award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the highest level of musical recognition in the country, the SAMA’s; Ological Studies are making great strides in reaching the top.

The duo, currently in their final year of study at the South African College of Music at UCT, founded the group in 2008. Although their musical style is influenced by various forms of music including Jazz, Gospel, Funk & Rhythm and Blues, the duo say “their
greatest influence is God”.

Their award winning album Free-dom, is a refreshing mix of the different genres of music combining African Jazz, Gospel, R ‘n’ B
and House. As if that wasn’t keeping it “local” enough, both Dlamini and Mtiti say their “goal, is to tour around the country before
venturing out to the world”.


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