Learn Music in the shortest possible time while having fun at the same time.
Be coached in all matters life and spiritual with Nicksbu
It is said, when you stop learning, that is when you start dying.
Meet The Coach, The Musician, The Mentor.
Nick "Sbu" Engel is a versatile multi-instrumentalist who exercises his creative gift both in performing and in teaching others to unlock their latent creativity. As a pianist and Sax player he is both a sought-after solo performer and provider of unforgettable background music with the Wedding Ambiance brand. As a teacher at CreateMusic Academy, Nick thrives on developing the hidden talent of students of all ages and abilities and exploring their God-given creativity in music.
Nick comes from a musical family in Durban and started piano lessons at the age of 7, followed by guitar from age 10. In his growing passion for music he picked up glockenspiel, recorder, bass guitar and drums along the way too, joining the church youth band at the age of 14. Continuing with classical piano in high school, he went on to study music at Natal University and completed his Music Honours degree in Jazz Performance (piano) in 1995. Having begun teaching music straight out of school, during his year at bible college, he officially opened Nick's Music School in 1997 and laid the foundation for what was to become CreateMusic Academy around 2005. Nick is a founder member of the band 4th Dimension (Ngwenye Yesine), with whom he plays Afro jazz, fusion, swing, R&B, pop-rock, soul and latin-american. Since his student years he has played in a wide variety of settings on piano and sax from hotels and restaurants to shebeens and bars, and from weddings and special events to regular Sunday services at church. Where he goes, his guitar invariably goes too.
Today Nick divides his time between his musical career, church related work and ministering to the residents of Chesterville , often through music. His album Piano to Soothe the Soul brings both impulses together in a collection that transports the listener as much as it serves a very practical purpose for upliftment of the community.
Music With A Mission
In 1988 Nick together with Westville christian fellowship church members responded to his pastor and spiritual father, Peter fan Niekerk's challenge to build relationships with the community of Chesterville and to share God's love with them. Add Peters 3 questions here and the church camp. He was still in high school at the time and embraced the church's vision of being an active member with the local township community. This crystallised in the late 2000s into a conviction of to one of his core purposes: to minister to & serve the poor. He spent a period living in Durban's inner city in 2012 to minister among the homeless and today, when he is not teaching or performing, he can be found (guitar in hand) in Chesterville township, working under the auspices of Simunye Apostolic Ministries & west city fellowship. For Nick, music is both a connection to people and a currency through which to raise funds to support his work amongst the needy.
Nick's Zulu Middle Name
Nick's Zulu middle name, "Sbu" (short for Sibusiso, meaning "Blessing"), was given to him in 1997 by a young man whose life he touched with the gospel. For Nick it is more than symbolic of his calling - it's a point of connection between worlds that have a lot to learn from each other. As the Zulu saying goes, ""Umuntu uzofunda aze afe" - a person will keep learning forever.
Piano to Soothe the Soul is a soulful piano album which brings together a range of styles in an accessible, easy-listening format.
Beyond providing soul-rest for the listener, the album is a practical vehicle for raising funds for Nick's work among the poor in Chesterville. All proceeds of the sale of the album will be used for this ministry, which takes place under the auspices of Simunye Apostolic Ministries and West City Fellowship in Westville.
What Our Parents, Students & Colleagues Say
In our fast paced world that seems to demand of us more than there is to go around many people are starting to appreciate the value of a personal life coach working with a structured value based system of goal setting, renewal and accountability to oneself. Nic introduced me to the Map4life system with which I have been working for several months now. The system integrates very well with day to day life as a blue print and working document. As a coach I have found the support and input of Nic to be invaluable in the process, and as person of integrity, insight and empathy I would recommend him as a life coach to anyone looking to lead a goal orientated life of quality.
- Hillcrest, Durban. South Africa
Nicholas Engel has been coaching me in Map For Life for some months now as well as in a musical capacity and has been very helpful, clear and disciplined in his approach to all aspects of both subjects. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a skillful and emphathetic teacher and coach who has given me a better grasp of the importance of focus, dedication and the honing of my skills and management potential as well as life skills, practical application and across the board patient perseverance and persistent study.
- Westville, Durban. South Africa
Mr Nick as my mentor has helped me with so many things. These things are things that are to do with life. For example he has helped me to understand the ways of God, His word and all that God requires from me, as His son. The other thing that Mr Nick has helped me with, is being there for me, in times of need. He has provided for me some of the things that I really needed at those certain times. Also as my Map4life coach he has taught me to live life the best way, for example he has told me in life that in order to have the best things, you need to work your way out of the box. Nick as my mentor and spiritual father has helped me so much. Without him i sometimes wonder what I would be.
- Claremont, Durban. South Africa
I have known Nicholas Engel for over 20 years, and am a member of the church band which he leads. Mr Engel has a passion for God and a love for people. He serves God wholeheartedly, especially in the spiritual and practical upliftment of the lost, the rejected, the poor and the sick. He leads by example. Mr Engel is a highly-skilled and gifted musician. He enthusiastically encourages and guides the church band members in their spiritual and musical endeavours, so that the band may be united in leading the congregation to worship God. He readily delegates leadership and administrative duties to others as he recognises their potential, and stimulates their growth
- BSc Hons
Interacting with Nick is invaluable, as it helps me:- ...find a that illusive positive outlook that is a critical ingredient/enabler of progress ..."connect the dots." (divergent factors) to make sense/meaning of life's complexities, that otherwise might have me "stuck" on occasion.
- Rowville. Australia