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

KZN FLOOD BENEFIT  THE  “ARISE BENEFIT CONCERT” 

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.

STREAM SIPHO AT 70, LIVE FROM THE DAISY JONES BAR

WATCH SIPHO AT 70, LIVE!

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.

ENJOY!

TRIBUTE: THE ELECTRIFYING SIPHO HOTSTIX MABUSE AT 70 TOUR AT THE DAISY JONES BAR, MAY 2022 | The Cape Robyn

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!

email to: info@wetrainacademy.co.za
contact: 082 374 5791 or 083 448 4475.

Experience the Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse musical journey

24 MAR 2022 

BY: MARTIN MYERS

Get ready to experience Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse at 70 at Daisy Jones bar, Stellenbosch, on 15 May.

Image supplied: Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
Image supplied: Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse

What better way to spend an autumn afternoon than in the Winelands, 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?

At 70, Mabuse is more vital than ever. His music has been featured in the December 2021 summer campaign for MTN. He also made the cover, including a 16-page feature in the Jan/Feb issue of GQ Magazine, and was awarded a GQ Lifetime Achievement Award the month before.

Why Mabuse at 70? Well, he 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 Kgalema Motlanthe wrote on Mabuse’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.

As one of the most influential multi-instrumentalists in Africa, the creative industry is fortunate to benefit from an endowment of musical genius, enlightened performances, and an unwavering commitment that Sipho “Hotstix’ Mabuse has offered to a range of young musicians over the past half-century.

At 70 years of age, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse continues to play a critical role in the South African music scene with the power to build social cohesion, the ethical leadership to rear a new generation of musicians, and the virtuosity to uplift a nation through ground-shaking tunes.”

37 years ago, Mabuse’s half-a-million-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.

Today there are few instruments he cannot play. Flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, alto flute, timbales and African drums all feature at some point in his repertoire, all played with the respect each deserves.

Warm, compassionate, caring and gifted in ways even he is still learning about, this gentle giant of great original music is as vital a player today as he’s ever been.

With an impressive catalogue anchored in Africa, all who meet, greet, and share stages with Mabuse are all touched by a humility and grace that’s as rare as the talent this living legend shares with us all.

All the songs will be there, including the early Harari classics, along with all of Mabuse’s many well-known hits. Grab a ticket to experience this once-in-a-lifetime show if living South African music heritage matters to you.

This event is made possible with funding support from Concerts SA.

A limited number of tickets are available from Quicket. Doors open at 1pm on 15 May.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse lends his voice to Homeland, A Song For Refugees

Homeland: A Song For Refugees, written by Neill Solomon has a stellar lineup on artists including:

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Ayanda Bandla, Reine Saad, Cindy Alter, Bienvenue Nseka, Nde Ndifonka aka Wax Dey and JB Arthur on vocals.

With Godfrey Mgcina on Percussion, Fana Zulu on Bass Guitar, Pops Mohamed on Kora, Greg Georgiades on Oud, Wouter Kellerman on Flute and backing vocals of Stella Khumalo, Faith Kekana and Zamo Mbutho along with 15 members of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kutlwano Masote, this is a stellar piece of work.

 A Song for Refugees

https://electromodeza.lnk.to/HomelandASongforRefugeesAr

The song is a tender testimony describing a touching story of the sense of wanting to return to one’s Homeland, no doubt a narrative song that gives voice to the world’s dispossessed and exiled.

The orchestra prologue arrangement sets the tone for Homeland: A Song for Refugees further boasting an epic musical and lyrical interpretation…an unquestionable landmark song with the narrative carried by the voices and instrumentation, delivering heart-breaking conviction.

There’s a sense of soul soothing hope layered in the song.

The most prominent lyric has to be Strange Birds Singing revealing the essence of the song ….in envy of winged creatures that hold no borders.

With this song the hope is to  spread global awareness about the continuing refugee crisis.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at 70 at Daisy Jones bar, Stellenbosch, on Sunday the 15th of May 2022

SIPHO AT 70, LIVE!

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

What better way to spend an autumn afternoon than in the winelands, 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?

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. 

From the tender age of 8 years old playing drums to already becoming a professional musician by age 15, yours is a seminal career that not only spans six decades and counting but is a career that defined an industry with an oeuvre that set the tone for a golden era of music. 

The sound of Sipho “Hotstix’ Mabuse was to set the world alight with sonic vibrations that contributed to the cultural development of world music, Afro-funk, Soweto soul, township pop and contemporary sounds over the years. 

As one of the most influential multi-instrumentalists in Africa, the creative industry is fortunate to benefit from an endowment of musical genius, enlightened performances, and an unwavering commitment that Sipho “Hotstix’ Mabuse has offered to a range of young musicians over the past half-century.

 These gifts of mentorship, advice, experience, and priceless lessons, are the ingredients that create a meaningful consciousness among young people entering the arts. 

The crucial social and political role that music has played in our history cannot be taken for granted. Beyond the pleasure that music and art, in general, elicits in people, it serves an even higher purpose – that of developing the consciousness of people and improving the social system. 

At 70 years of age, Sipho “Hotstix’ Mabuse continues to play a critical role in the South African music scene with the power to build social cohesion, the ethical leadership to rear a new generation of musicians, and the virtuosity to uplift a nation through ground-shaking tunes. 

Yours is a testament to the contribution of a South African musical prodigy whose impact is burnt into the memory of a nation and whose creative passion evokes the emotions of history and the heart. 

A truly heartfelt tribute to one of South Africa’s greats.

Thirty-seven years ago, Sipho’s half-a-million-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. 

Today there are few instruments he cannot play. Flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, alto flute, timbales and African drums all feature at some point in his repertoire, all played with the respect each deserves.  

Warm, compassionate, caring and gifted in ways even he is still learning about, this gentle giant of great original music is as vital a player today as he’s ever been. 

With an impressive catalogue 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.

All the songs will be there, including the early Harari classics, along with all of Sipho’s many well-known hits. Grab a ticket to experience this once-in-a-lifetime show if living South African music heritage matters to you.

This event is made possible with funding support from Concerts SA.

A limited number of tickets are available from Quicket. Doors open at 13:00 on the day.

Notes to the editor:

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 of the 1970s in South Africa. They were the ultimate party band. One of South Africa’s most important musical acts, Harari, will forever hold legendary status, even after splitting in 1982. In his solo capacity, Sipho continues to create wonderfully original South African-born music.

He has also recorded and produced many legendary artists, the likes of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo. As a regular commentator on arts and culture in the country, Sipho has also sat on the boards of The National Arts Council and SAMRO (South African Musicians Rights Organisation).

Selected Career Highlights
2005 – SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
2008 – 46664 Ambassador – performing in London’s Hyde Park. 
2009 – 46664 Ambassador – performing 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 winner at the 13th Annual South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards (SATMA).
2021 – Lifetime Achievement Award from GQ magazine.

For more information, please contact: Martin Myers @ martmyers@gmail.com