GQ South Africa | December 14, 2021
Celebrating the pioneers and the game-changers for over 200 years, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege continues to pay homage to those who embody its ethos: Never Stop. Never Settle.
On November 27, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege did just that when they honoured Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse with the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the annual GQ Men of the Year event at the Four Season, Westcliff in Johannesburg.
For generations music has been part of the South African culture, and is a beacon of hope and joy for many people.
Great South Africans such as the renowned Sipho ’Hotstix’ Mabuse, whose musical career spans more than 50 years, played a role in shaping the nation’s unique sound.
The legendary musician was born in Orlando West, a township in the heart of Soweto, Johannesburg’s historically black urban settlement.
His father ran a small corner shop selling household supplies including coal, though he was, the drummer recalled, never really committed to the entrepreneurial life.
He got his start in the Afro-soul group the Beaters in the mid-1970s. The group however after a successful tour of Zimbabwe, it changed its name to Harari.
The AfroSoul band went on many tours together but in the early 1980 it broke up after a few squabbles by some of its members.
Mabuse’s big break as a solo artist started after the famous group separated. He however continued to create impressive chart-toppers such as Burn Out and Jive Soweto.
He increasingly become more involved in the fight against apartheid as he used his showbiz travels and identity to hide the work of carrying communications and intelligence in and out of the country for the underground struggle of the then banned African National Congress.
Mabuse is a performance great with an incredible catalogue of original music anchored in Africa from the last three decades.
A pioneer within his industry, his impact on the South African music scene cannot be overstated.
As the co-founder of the legendary Kippies nightclub in the heart of Newtown – named one of the world’s 100 greatest jazz clubs by Downbeat magazine – to releasing nine albums, including ‘Burn Out’, which remains one of South Africa’s most cherished tracks to date, Mabuse changed the tune of township funk.
The living legend has amassed a considerable trophy cabinet, including the Silver Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to music.
Stef Kondylis, Marketing Manager of Moët Hennessy, South Africa, says, “We are honoured to present this prestigious award to Sipho Mabuse. A celebrated musician, Mabuse is an exceptional individual who has shaped the country’s musical identity. Still involved in performance arts to this day, he continues to contribute to the cultural development of many young musicians in the country.
“Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège has been celebrating the pioneers, the game-changers, the movers, shakers and change-makers for over 200 years.“
“The Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Lifetime Achievement Award and our association with GQ Men of the Year is a way to honour these committed and dedicated South Africans who remain true to Hennessy’s ethos of Never Stop. Never Settle,” concludes Kondylis.
Take a look inside the GQ Men of the Year 2021 Awards in proud association with Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège and proud partner Standard Bank: