Sifiso Makalisa, affectionately known as Tich is a talented jazz pianist and composer. He started classical lessons at the age of 7 and later graduated from the UCT College of Music with an honors degree in Jazz composition and arrangement. He has performed and recorded with the likes of Judith Sephuma, Selaelo Selota, Alvin Dyers, Marcus Wyatt, Winston Mankunku, Jimmy Dludlu, Max Vidima, Mlungisi Gegana amongst others, and features on Ivan Mazuze’s upcoming album.
He spent 2 years in London, UK, where he studied music for media and performed there regularly. Tich has performed at local and international festivals including The North Sea Jazz festival in The Netherlands, London Jazz festival, Dubai Jazz festival, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Joy of Jazz and HIFA.
He has a diverse compositional style, drawing influence from a wide variety of sources. He also writes for film and documentary where knowledge of a wide range of music genre is required.