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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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.