Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse is more than just a legendary musician; he’s one of South Africa’s musical treasures and a great inspiration to many. After more than 45 years in the music industry, this 63 year old still has the commanding stage presence and vibrancy to make many younger musicians green with envy.
It was a happy crowd, then, who watched this stalwart doing what he does best; giving a sterling performance at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert series last Sunday, accompanied by his young and talented band members, Bongani and Toto on keyboards, Mashaba on guitar, David on bass, Siphiwo on drums, Mpho on trombone as well Thembeka and Nhlanhla on vocals. And to top it off, he also featured some of the Mother city’s rising musicians.
As soon as he stepped onto the stage, Bra Hotstix received a warm Mother City welcome, shot through with a rush of nostalgia as he launched into ‘Welcome Home’, a typical South African jazz track which has elements of Mbaqanga. The song featured Derrick Schippers on vocals and electric guitar, with Bra Hotstix giving an impressive solo with his tenor saxophone. Concert goers were already tapping along in appreciation.
Read more at REVIEW: SIPHO ‘HOTSTIX’ MABUSE AT KIRSTENBOSCH.