Just last month, Mabuse was honoured by President Ramaphosa and received a national order. The citation, Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, read, “for his contribution to the field of music and social cohesion. His spellbinding music has consistently captured the imagination of the nation.”
Some of his plans for later in the year include a major show in Soweto, along with speaking at Music Exchange in September in Cape Town and a once-off event at the Baxter Concert Hall in October – no burnout for Hotstix. I spoke to him last week.
When children call me daddy, especially in Soweto.
When I forget the lyrics to a song.
Sol Kerzner, a brilliant creative mind (Lost City one of the wonders of the world, created by a human being).
An old South African rand (the one rand and note) signed by the late President Nelson Mandela on his release from prison.
Martini and lemonade.
Any desert festival.
A hospital porter.
Insecure, purposeful, magnanimous, amorous, loving, and sensitive.
These are songs that have influenced my thinking and what I do as an artist.
Beatles – Norwegian Wood – first song I learnt to play in the Beaters, my first band.
Bob Marley – Jonny Was.
Babsi Mhlangani – Sala Emma.
Johnny Clegg – Scaterlings of Africa.
West Nkosi – Two Mabone – that song influenced me to make Jive Soweto and Shikisha.
Norwegian Wood and Burnout. Burnout has given me a life one can only dream of. The song is bigger than me, South Africa loves that song; it is humbling.
I would love to go to Cuba and play a show.
Passing matric at 60.
Unreliable partnerships and apathy.
Get nervous and intense.
Somewhere over the rainbow.