After an absence of more than 30 years, South African music legend
Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band,
return to the Baxter Concert Hall,
for a one-night only celebration,
on Friday, 26 October, at 8pm.
As one of South Africa’s stateliest musical treasures who loves his country as much as he does performing live, Sipho promises Cape Town a show well worth the wait. “I can’t believe where the time has gone,” says Mabuse, whom we have come to love for hit songs like Burn Out and Shikisha.
He continues, “The Baxter holds many fond memories for me. We would like honour this iconic venue with a stunning once-off show, pulling out all the stops by playing all the hits and throwing in a few surprises along the way.”
Hot on the heels of his keynote address at Music Exchange 2018 (MEX18) conference, earlier this month, Sipho’s promise to return to the Mother City for a full concert is about to be honoured, much to the excitement of fans across the peninsula.
Sipho has also selected three artists from the MEX18 conference, to be showcased on the line-up. They are singer and songwriter Roeshdien Jaz, Siphokazi Jonas and Afro-fusion band Mmino who regularly perform at the V&A Waterfront.
“Look at Siphokazi Jonas,” Sipho says. “Four years ago she performed at Music Exchange and today she is working full-time in the entertainment industry. Roeshdien has enjoyed a string of radio hits and he is now ready to draw larger audience. Mmino is an amazing band that had such fresh ideas musically and now also deserve to be seen by a wider audience. I want to give these immensely talented Cape Town artists a chance and in this way help to build and support the next generation of artists in our country,”
In April this year Sipho was welcomed by the President who bestowed him with the Silver Order of Ikhamanga, for his contribution to music. In June he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards (SATMA), held in Mpumalanga.
In 2015 Sipho celebrated his golden anniversary in music – 50 years of his unwavering commitment and contribution to South African music and education and he also appointed as the chairman of the non-profit organization, Music Exchange.
Thirty-four years ago, Sipho’s 500 000-selling smash-hit single, Burn Out, changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive, like no other song or artist in pop music history.
He is an integral part of the entertainment industry and his contribution to the diverse landscape of South Africa is appreciated and honoured by music lovers the world over.
His nickname “Hotstix” has stayed with him since he was eight years old and already displayed talent as a drummer. There are few instruments that he cannot play but flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, alto flute, timbales and African drums all feature at some point in his repertoire.
A quick Google search brings up names like The Beaters, Sipho’s first band, that later evolved to become Harari, one of the most successful acts to dominate the music scene in the 70s in South Africa. They became widely regarded as the ultimate party band and one of the country’s most important musical acts until the band split up in 1982. Sipho continues to create original South African music as a respected solo artist.
Throughout his 54-year career, Sipho has become a musical ambassador for South Africa, performing in virtually every African country on the continent, as well as the US, UK, France, Germany and Italy.
He has also recorded and produced many legendary artists like Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo. As a regular commentator on arts and culture in the country, Sipho has also served on the boards of the National Arts Council and the South African Musicians Rights Organisation (SAMRO).
“With an impressive catalogue that’s anchored in Africa, all who meet, greet and share stages with Sipho are all touched by a humility and grace that’s as rare as the talent this living legend shares with us all today,” says Martin Myers, manager and friend.
Tickets to see this once-off performance of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at the Baxter Concert Hall, range between R200 and R250, and can be bought from Webtickets online http://www.webtickets.co.za, or at selected Pick n Pay stores. Show starts at 8pm.
There will be CDs and posters on sale, before and after the performance, as well as a signing session with Sipho immediately after the show.
Selected Career Highlights – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse
2005 – SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
2008 – 46664 Ambassador – performed in London’s Hyde Park
2009 – 46664 Ambassador – performed at New York’s Radio City Music Hall
2018 – Silver Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to the field of music
2018 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards (SATMA)
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MUSIC EXCHANGE (MEX18), South Africa’s only entertainment-economy-focused conference, returns to Cape Town for the eighth time from 1 to 2 September 2018 to the City Bowl
MEX18 will be hosted at the impressive Academy Of Sound Engineering studio complex, in District 6, as well as Sun Square, Mill Street, Gardens over the jam-packed two-day imbizo.
With MUSIC EXCHANGE well established and respected – thanks to incredible support from some of the world’s biggest names in production, song writing, composition, management, PR, digital strategy and live performance – MEX18 is excited to announce more of the same in the build up to its biggest weekend yet.
SAMRO, DEEZER, RISA and JOOX are just few of the critical local touch points in any career in music, all who will be active and participating at MEX18.
Add to that extraordinary partnerships and key international relationships, MEX18 welcomes back Abbey Rd Studio’s CHRISTIAN WRIGHT to the fold for a second time. Christian’s mastered many award-winning Number One albums for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, and Gabrielle Aplin, along with soundtracks to movies (Gravity, Prince of Persia, The Master) from both sides of the Atlantic.
As to what Christian intends bringing to his happy return to The Mother City, he’s quick to point towards the talent he’s already forged working relationships thanks to 2017’s MEX writers camp. “My first emersion was wonderful,” he confirms. “I’m looking forward to hooking up with the team I worked with last year, but more especially connecting with more new and established talent while I’m there.”
Between band management, mastering and touring the world conducting writer’s camps, Christian’s most recent exploit took him to South America where he’s hoping to bridge and marry musicians from there with our own local talent. “It’s too early to say,” he teases, “suffice to say the rich talent in South Africa has the potential to go truly global. Cross pollination is key.”
With MEX18’s focus around all things digital, including the streaming economy, Christian, along with Mahogany’s Mark Murdoch will unpack the relationships between record labels, managers and the audiences they each appeal to. “Building a career in music takes time to develop. I’ll be talking about how producers need to adapt to an audience that extends beyond the borders of where music’s made if it’s to travel. Petit Noir is one such example of how taking a South African talent, exported and now plugged it into a universal audience to bring extraordinary success to everyone involved. So, yes, lots to talk about and plenty more to share and learn, MEX18 is where it’ll all come together.”
Music Exchange will also be hosting showcases. We have slots available on Friday, 31 August, at the launch evening, from 6-8pm, as well as two slots on Saturday, after day one of the conference, before RJ Benjamin and Chad Alexander perform.
The artists who perform must be able to do vocals and guitar, or vocals and piano or djembe drum. We want to listen to the essence of music. Three songs each, no longer than 15 minutes in total at Sun Square, Gardens (Mill Street Gardens ) from 6-8pm on Friday 31 August.
Deezer celebrates Nelson Mandela 100 with a tribute playlist by Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
18 July 2018 – Deezer, the world’s most personal music service is celebrating Nelson Mandela on his centenary birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by the renowned Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse.
Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 70s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit ‘BurnOut’ in the 80s.
The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela. It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in Soweto at his home.
‘I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved. The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time. We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period’, says Mabuse. ‘This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.’
The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba. We also listen to struggle songs, Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The playlist also includes ‘Mandela’ by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.
Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.
‘I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey’ comments Mabuse. ‘Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose where ever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles’.
This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.
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