Ezbie Moilwa


Ezbie Moilwa (Sebetsa Oakantse Hendrick Moilwa) is an experienced songwriter, composer, singer, performer and keyboardist from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Moilwa has over 25 years of experience in the music industry. He possess versatile musical abilities and has worked on various projects ranging from studio productions, musicals and soundtracks, among others.

His music roots can be traced back to decades ago in the dusty streets of Montshiwa and Mahikeng in the now North West Province.

He worked as a keyboardist for the late legendary Hugh Masekela from 1998 to 2008.

Skills and experience:

- Composed original sound tracks for 'Hillside', a hospital series that aired on SABC 2.

- Composed sound tracks for 'After 9', a 48-episode drama that featured on SABC 1.

- Composed and produced jingles for Motsweding FM.

- Worked with Zwai Bala on the SABC 2 gospel show (Gospel Gold) as part of the resident band.

Moilwa has shared his songwriting talent with musicians such as:

- Sibongile Khumalo: 'Thando’s Groove, and 'Joy Finds You'.
- Judith Sephuma: 'Mme Motswadi' (co-written with Judith Sephuma).
- Tsepo Tshola: 'Ntate' and 'Babalase' (also co-produced the album).
- Sibongile Mngoma: 'Ingoma ka Mama'.
- Corlea Botha: 'Take me to Soweto' (also co-produced the album with Hugh Masekela)
- Hugh Masekela: 'After Tears' (also played on the recording).


Moilwa was appointed as a musical director and composer for Aubrey Sekhabi’s 'Nkonyeni High' (the musical).

He became Hugh Masekela’s assistant musical director and co-wrote music for the well-known musical, 'Truth in Translation', for which he received excellent reviews from Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu.

He was a musical director and a pianist for a James Ngcobo’s 'The Market Theatre’s Artistic Director' and Hugh Masekela’s 'Songs of Migration' featuring Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo.

He received a Naledi Award nomination for the best musical director category. In 2014, he worked on the musical 'Jazz Town', which toured the Eastern Cape.

Moilwa also worked with the legendary Thembi Mtshali Jones as an MD/Pianist on a musical 'GOGO and BIG SISTER'.

In 2016, Moilwa was part of the musical, 'Songs of Jazz Town, which was directed by James Ncqobo, as a keyboardist.

Moilwa featured on 'The Dying Screams of the Moon' written by Prof. Zakes Mda and directed by Dr. John Kani. He also appreared alongside Masasa Mbangeni on eTV Scandal.

Additional musicals.

1. 'Ketekang'.

2. 'Tribute to Maya Angelo'.

3. 'Ubizane'.

4. 'Colored Museum' (MD)

5. 'Children’s Monologues'.

6. 'June 16 Monologues'.

Solo career:

Moilwa's first album 'O Filwe' (Gifted) was released in 2006 followed by self-titled 13-track album 'Ezbie'. The album has a mixture of both love songs and Afro-pop. His third album 'Phemberera', which is (Celebrate), was released in April 2016 and is available on iTunes.

Moilwa has collaborated with some of the following artists:

-The late Lesego Motsepe (former Isidingo actress) as a lyricist, poet and singer on 'O Mang?' and 'African Sky'.

-Ole Tirelo...

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