Sipho Mabuse on DSTV channel 150 – Tues 26 & Thurs 28th July 

Sipho Mabuse on DSTV channel 150 - Tues 26 & Thurs 28th July 
Sipho Mabuse on DSTV channel 150 – Tues 26 & Thurs 28th July 

Watch Sipho Mabuse on DSTV channel 150 for the last 2 Times as we celebrate.
His Sipho@70 CONCERT filmed at the  Daisy Jones bar on 15 May 2022, thanks to funding support from Concerts SA.

At 70, Sipho is more vital than ever.

 His music has featured in the December 2021 summer campaign for MTN.

 He also made the cover, including a 16-page feature in the Jan/Feb issue GQ Magazine, and was awarded a GQ Lifetime Achievement Award the month before.

Why Sipho at 70? Well, Sipho turned 70 in November 2021, hence the Sipho at 70 tour, along with his sensational six-piece, The Hotband, consisting of :

Thembeka Khumalo (SAMA nominated) on vocals,

 Siphiwe Kubheka on drums,

 Urban Noblela on guitar,

 David Mabaso on bass,

 Lloyd “toto” Mbhele on keys 

and the man of the moment, Sipho Mabuse on vocals and saxophone. 

As former-president President Kgalema Motlanthe wrote on Sipho’s 70th birthday:

 My brother Sipho, we have come a long way together, and through your 70 year-long pilgrimage to the highest echelons of social, cultural and artistic eminence, we remember the distinguished milestones of your life and honour this as a moment for all South Africans to consider your pioneering contribution to African music and a global movement of expression. 

Sipho Mabuse to perform at Johnny Clegg Tribute Show 17 July 2022

In a fitting tribute to one of the most iconic figures in South African music history, the Johnny Clegg Tribute Show is on Sunday 17th of July, 2022 at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (Johannesburg), which marks the third anniversary of Johnny’s passing, and will feature some of South Africa’s top performers.

Johnny Clegg had the special quality of being able to unite people across all backgrounds and generations with his music. His music has always been a beacon of hope and inspiration and in a time when South Africans and the world need it the most, the lyrics to Great Heart stand true.

Johnny Clegg captured the hearts of a nation and the tribute concert will feature fellow musicians that will commemorate his life and his musical career. There will also be a dance tribute performed by dancers from Zululand and the local hostels.

“I really have fond memories of Johnny and all the work he did. He adored me and I adored him. Johnny gave so much to the cultural and musical language of this country and it is an honor to be on the bill to pay tribute to a giant “, said Sipho Hotstix Mabuse.

Sipho Mabuse to perform at Johnny Clegg Tribute Show 17 July 2022
Sipho Mabuse to perform at Johnny Clegg Tribute Show 17 July 2022

The biggest line-up of performers since ‘Concert in the Park’ to pay tribute to the iconic Johnny Clegg – Some of South Africa’s top performers will come together on one stage, including the likes of lifetime friend Sipho Mchunu, Soweto Gospel Choir, Just Jinjer, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Karen Zoid, Zolani Mahola, Francois van Coke, Majozi, Ross Learmonth, Kurt Darren, Arno Carstens, Jesse Clegg, the Johnny Clegg band, plus others to be announced.

Bright Blue, Ella Mental, and éVoid are especially flying back to South Africa for this event – the last two having performed alongside Johnny at the Ellis Park Stadium iconic Concert in the Park in 1985.
Francois van Coke said “I had the privilege of meeting and sharing the stage with Johnny once. His humility really stood out for me. I have been a fan since I can remember and will be a fan forever”

Johnny Clegg – The Tribute Show will take place on Sunday, 17th July 2022 at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (entrance on Thomas Bowler Street).
Gates open at 10h00 with performances commencing at 11h00 – 18h00.

Money will be raised at the event for the Click Foundation, supporting ‘The Friends of Johnny Clegg’ charity which was established with Johnny in December 2018.

More information available on our website:



By Staff Reporter

Multiple award-winning music legends who have produced timeless gems that outlive generations are averse to taking time between recordings and performances to focus on university assignments…more so, at the age 70.
It takes an extraordinarily focused person to do the aforementioned. A seismic shift in thinking has to occur for someone, who at the age of 60 goes back to school to finish their matric.
It takes an individual to whom self-empowerment is the guiding principle, one whose value of education is more important than having access to money. That’s the story of music maestro, Sipho Cecil Peter “Hotstix” Mabuse.
Hotstix completed his matric through Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet) in 2012. He then enrolled for part-time studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa) but was forced to put his studies on hold due to work and family pressure.
The dream to further his studies was much stronger than the pressure. He is now pursuing anthropology studies at the University of Joburg (UJ).
“I wanted education for the power that information provides. I did not get about to complete my education so as I should find a job, I wanted freedom and the power that comes with knowledge,” Hotstix told The Telegram.
A proud child of Soweto, Hotstix still lives in his humble beginnings. He says township life shaped him to be the great icon he is today. He loves being among the people of Pimville.
“You’d be amazed as to what inspires me. I’m inspired by ordinary people. Sometimes, we don’t even realise the value that ordinary people bring to our lives.
“This whole idea of profiling value as people who are rich, educated and so on, is false. Of course, I wish rich people would add value to our lives, but in truth, it is always the ordinary people who do it best.
“I get inspired by people I meet every day and say, “Sawubona bhuti, kunjani?” (Greetings my brother, how are you?),” he beams.
With a music career spanning more than 50 years, Hotstix has amassed an enviable number of accolades.
He is the recipient of the country’s highest honour bestowed to citizen by the government – the Order of Ikhamanga.
The Oder of Ikhamanga in silver was bestowed on him by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018.
He belongs to an elite club of South Africa’s world-acclaimed musicians, the likes of Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Caiphus Semenya, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sipho Gumede and Khaya Mahlangu, among others.
Despite his immense achievements and fame, he remains humble and accessible.
This has earned him impressive admiration from young and old alike. Getting lost for our interview, when we called him for directions, “ask anyone,” he instructed. We did as we were instructed and were delivered to his home.
A likable and easy-going person, Hotstix says obnoxious material glitter is a turn off for him.
He says it pains him to see how materialism has blinded people. He dislikes it, especially in politics and education.
“Everything is about money,” he bemoans.
“Politics of materialism has created a big problem. Our people were dedicated to a course of a struggle for the upliftment of the poor, now leaders steal from the same people.
“In education, it’s worse. Young people can’t define their purpose outside of money. Why would you want to go to school? What is it that you think you want to achieve? What is the reason for you going to school? Young people are not about creating a path.
“I did not go back to school to get money, look for work, or some material gain like that. Nobody was going to employ me, anyway.
“For me, it was about something much bigger, it was about getting as much knowledge as possible so I am able to talk with authority on things that can change my own value and that of ordinary people I could reach,” he said.
He believes our education objectives are similar to those of apartheid.
“We always aspire to be in the higher class, just like they made us think,” he complained.
“This system is based on a wrong premise and is destructive to young people. It tells them that if you get education, you will be wealthy. You’re creating a wrong mindset and false expectations.
“So, young people go to school knowing this, Yaz’ mina umangiqeda iskolo ngizoba rich (You know, when I finish school, I’ll be rich).
“Then, they get disappointed when that light just goes bleaker and bleaker. We need to elevate them outside these walls.
“We need to say to them, “find a useful self”, rather than this education that is a pinnacle of false hopes.
“Let young people aspire to give their talents and worth to the world. Let’s put them in a position and a level where chances of attainment of their true potential are greater.
“We must not fool ourselves to believe that ‘hhayi angeke ngiye esgela’ (I won’t go to school) because I have talent.
“Chances of getting a better job, as an educated person, are greater but with the rotten education mindset we rob the young ones their true worth,” said the muso.
A father of 12, grandfather of 15 and a great-grandfather to a toddler, Hotstix says he is grateful he went back to school in the manner he did.
“It afforded me an opportunity to work for the community. When I completed [my studies], I served on the governing body of the same school. I fought to ensure that the school serviced the community more than just providing classrooms during the day.”
He says he lives ekasi for that kind of service to the community.
“I am here because I’m conscious. I want to be able to speak about things that I see [around me]. Things that I experienced on a daily basis. If I move out of here, all what’s going to happen is I will have high walls around me and be oblivious to the things that are important.
“I will not be able to speak about these things. I’ll be speaking about things under false pretence. Once you are isolated from reality, you can’t speak about it,” he said.

The Arise Benefit Concert on 18th June has Sipho Mabuse on the bill 


Music is a universal language that can echo and create unity when people come together for a greater cause. 
The Arise Benefit Concert will see over 50 artists perform across two stages at Moses Mabhida Stadium and The Peoples Park in Durban, KZN in a collective effort to raise funds for the communities affected by floods in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape.

It is set to take place on Saturday, 18 June 2022 with a line-up comprising of some of South Africa’s biggest multi-award and double platinum selling artists, including developing artists from the region, who have decided to join efforts with industry and donate their time and talent in the effort to raise R10 million for the benefit of the flood affected communities.

When Sipho was  approached by the organizers, comprising of the NAC, CAPASSO, SAMRO, SAMPRA, RISA, SABC, CCIFSA KZN, Gearhouse, Mushroom Productions and Doo More Foundation, it was a no-brainer for him  to raise his hand as a show of support and solidarity for the flood affected communities.

 A successful nation and sector is defined by being able to unite in times of need.”

 The full list of confirmed artists, who will perform at the Main Stage and who  will be performing at the Arise Benefit Concert are 
1. Zonke
2. AKA
3. DJ Tira
4. Msaki
5. Sjava
6. Big Zulu
7. DJ Happygal
8. Zakwe
9. Zuluboy
10. Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
11. Professor
12. Teboho Moloi
13. DJ Sobz
14. Sparks Bantwana
15. Nduduzo Makhathini
16. Mafikizolo
17. Thandi Ntuli
18. Big Nuz
19. Bullistic
20. Togata
21. Zaba
22. Khuzani
23. Dr Buselaphi
24. Zulu Messengers
25. Sosha
26. Thobekile
27. Igcokama Elisha
28. Oswenka
29. Qhosha
30. Dumi Mkokstad
31. Jumbo
32. Kyos
33. Mercy Pakela
34. L’vovo
35. DJ Boonu
36. Mbuso Khoza & The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra

Both the stadium and the People’s Park will be turned into a vibrant cultural precinct where vans will be able to move in between the two stages.  

Visitors can expect additional culturalactivities within the precinct and experience Durban for what it is known for.

Tickets  are available for purchase at Ticket Pro for R100 (Stands), R150 (Stadium Pitch) and R200 for the Golden Circle. Ticket holders will be able to move between two stages, at Moses Mabhida and People’s Park.



Get ready to experience Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at 70 at Daisy Jones bar, Stellenbosch, captured on Sunday the 15th of May 2022, thanks to funding support from Concerts SA.

Hosted until 30 June 2022, what better way to spend a winter’s evening than in the winelands, albeit virtually, listening to and letting Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and The Hotband take you on a musical journey of the hits and songs that have shaped the lexicon that is South African music? 

Why Sipho at 70? Well, Sipho turned 70 in November 2021, hence the Sipho at 70 tour, along with his sensational six-piece, The Hotband, consisting of Thembeka Khumalo (SAMA nominated) on vocals, Simphwe Khubeka on drums, Urban Noblela on guitar, David Mabaso on bass, Lloyd “toto” Mbele on keys and the man of the moment, Sipho Mabuse on vocals and saxophone. 

Grab you tickets, here.



Posted by Robyn Cohen | May 16, 2022

Tribute: The electrifying Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 70 tour at The Daisy Jones Bar, May 2022

Tribute: The electrifying Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 70 tour, May 15, 2022 at The Daisy Jones Bar, at OMG, Summerhill Wine Estate

It was a privilege to attend Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 70 tour at The Daisy Jones Bar, May 15, 2022. This was my first time at this quirky live music venue in the Cape Winelands. It reminds me of Potters Place in Jeffrey’s Bay (no longer exists). Concert started promptly at 3pm (wonderful when concerts start on time). It ended promptly at 5pm – because of load shedding. What can I say. The legendary Sipho played for two hours – without a break. The man is 70 and has the stamina of a youngster. He did not break into a sweat. No ‘burnout’ with this living legend. Here is to more concerts by this iconic artist who has been a trailblazer in the industry and a mentor to young artists. He started off with a nod to the Beatles, performed his own hits and South African Songbook Classics such as Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special.

Breathtaking artistry by Sipho and his six-The Hotband: Thembeka Khumalo (SAMA nominated) on vocals, Simphwe Khubeka (drums), Urban Noblela (guitar), David Mabaso (bass), Lloyd “toto” Mbele (keyboard) and Sipho Mabuse on vocals and saxophone.  Sipho turned 70 in November 2021 and it was magic to experience his music as part of his At 70 Tour. The audience was on its feet, loving every moment. Salute to this legendary artist – his dynamism and the way he honours his band. He always credits each person at his concerts – sharing the space with artists, producers and others involved in bringing music to the public. 

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 70 Tour: On stage, May 15, 2022 at The Daisy Jones Bar, at OMG, Summerhill Wine Estate. Image credit: © TheCapeRobyn/Robyn Cohen.
Rapture: Full house in attendance The Daisy Jones Bar, at OMG, Summerhill Wine Estate to see Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 70 Tour: Image credit:
© TheCapeRobyn/Robyn Cohen.

❇ Featured image – Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 70 Tour, May 15, 2022 at The Daisy Jones Bar, at OMG, Summerhill Wine Estate.

© TheCapeRobyn/Robyn Cohen, May 15, 2022.

Picture Gallery of Sipho Mabuse on Sunday 15th May at Daisy Jones Bar

Sipho Mabuse at 70 played to a sold  out audience at Daisy Jones Bar on Sunday 15th May   in Stellenbosch  brought to you by Concerts SA.

Why Sipho at 70? Well, Sipho turned 70 in November 2021, hence the Sipho at 70 tour, along with his sensational six-piece, The Hotband, consisting of: Thembeka Khumalo (SAMA nominated) on vocals, Siphiwe Kubheka on drums, Urban Noblela on guitar, David Mabaso on bass, Lloyd “Toto” Mbele on keys and Sipho Mabuse on vocals and saxophone.

And the dynamic Dylan Red opened the show with his acoustic melodies.

Pics by Peter Abrahams 

“Don’t believe the hype, how to sustain a career in music”. Masterclass with Sipho Hotstix Mabuse on Friday 13th May

Wet Rain Academy is feeling excited.

It’s official and FREE by RSVP only.

Thanks to Music Exchange and Jazzathon, Wet Rain Academy is pleased to announce their May Master Class on Friday 13th May from 10am to be held at their KUILSRIVER Campus.

It is the legendary Sipho Hostix Mabuse – “Don’t believe the hype, how to sustain a career in music”.

Don’t miss this opportunity. 

By RSVP Only!

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