Sipho Mabuse was a front row VIP at South African Fashion Week (SAFW)’s Spring Summer 23 Collections at the Mall of Africa from 20 – 23 April 2023

The knitting of collaborative networks and the shaping of a sustainable fashion future for South Africa – these where some of the most exhilarating trends  at South African Fashion Week (SAFW)’s Spring Summer 23 Collections at the Mall of Africa held from  20 – 23 April 2023.

Some snaps from the shows I attended, with thanks to Zebra Square for inviting me. 

Sipho Mabuse remarked that “promoting cultural and creative industries is a powerful way to boost the economy and empower” and this should continue unabated.  

Reflections in a few pics of Sipho Mabuse at The Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley on 9 April 2023

Reflections in a few pics of Sipho Mabuse at the show last night in Kimberley.

Also on the bill was Zonke and Amanda Black and many more other acts

The show was at The Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley on 9 April 2023

Music Exchange has over 1 million subscribers on the Ayoba Channel 

On 11 May 2021, Music Exchange (MEX) was privileged and equally proud to announce a fundamental partnership with one of the continent’s richest entertainment economy-focused platforms, ayoba.

Today, 4 April 2023, just shy of two years since MEX joined the ayoba fold, we are proud to celebrate the zero-rated app’s momentous million subscriber milestone.

What makes this landmark achievement even more remarkable is that when MEX first began delivering weekly content to the then The Daily Plug channel in May 2021, ayoba had an already impressive subscriber base of just over 800 000 loyal followers. In September of 2022, MEX took over The Daily Plug, and ayoba rebranded the channel to the aptly named Music Exchange.

MEX is proud to remain a committed content partner to ayoba in raising the bar in delivering entertainment-economy content written to empower, entertain and push the needle in fostering this critically important sector of the continent’s economy.

Ayoba users can access MEX by subscribing to the channel at no cost.  Simply download the app from the Play Store, register and signup for the channel.

For more information, please contact:

Martin Myers


Notes to the editor

Ayoba also offers over 40 additional music channels, including playlists and artist spotlight channels.  MTN users are provided with a daily allocation of free data to access ayoba. 

Ayoba, the all-in-one app, offers free instant messaging, voice and video calling, games, music, news, entertainment news, and other content, which MEX now forms a critical part of. In the coming months and years ahead, MEX will share its decade-long journey in actively uplifting and empowering the continent’s creatives, informed by global networks, clients and partnerships like this.

“Music Exchange was established in 2009 as a bridge and guide into the broader entertainment economy,” MEX founder Martin Myers shares. “From the outset, what was clear to us was a real need to help educate and keep safe young, aspiring and established creatives. We’ve successfully achieved that by brokering and investing in masterclasses, an annual conference in its 13th year, and outreach programmes extending as far as the EU. 

“This partnership with ayoba gives all of its active users access to our content, which we look to share with creatives across the continent,” he continues. “In growing our reach, we get to share our voice by investing decades-worth of insights, learnings, best practices and practical advice that before now was severely lacking. 

“It’s an honour and an exciting next chapter for MEX in helping turn raw talent into commercial success for everyone on the ayoba platform.” – May 2021

“ayoba is delighted to partner with MEX,” comments Olivier Prentout, Head of Customer at ayoba. 

“Their work is critical in our creative communities, and we look forward to exposing it via our music blog, Music Exchange. We launched this channel nearly a year ago as we could see the need for education in our community, and the uptake has been nothing short of amazing.

 “The education provided via our platform fits so well with our values to entertain, educate and uplift.” – May 2021

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse playing show at The Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre Kimberley on 9 April 2023

Sipho Mabuse along with Zonke and Amanda Black  and many more are all playing a show at The Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in  Kimberley on 9 April 2023

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Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse is the Style Icon winner at The South African Style Awards 2022/3 powered by PLASCON South Africa

The South African Style Awards 2022/3 powered by PLASCON South Africa

Over the 25 years that it has been in existence, the South African Style Awards has redefined the meaning of style, including in every sphere, including in business.

These days, it’s not about the clothes you wear… it’s all about what you have achieved in your respective career that has changed your industry in some definable way.

To celebrate the winners of the 2022/2023 South African Style Awards, an awards ceremony was held at the prestigious Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre, renowned as the iconic destination for discerning shoppers, luxury designer brands, and fine dining establishments.

On Sunday , stalwarts in business, colourful creatives, and influential personalities were celebrated in 13 different categories for disrupting the creative process of business.

The eagerly anticipated and highly acclaimed SA Style Awards ceremony was South Africa’s nod to the international awards season.

It’s the local equivalent of the annual New York Met Gala and has proved to be as exciting and dramatic.

This year’s exclusive event was hosted by none other than TV and radio personality Alan Ford together with stunning TV host, actress, dancer and model, Lalla Hirayama.

Media personalities and celebrities gathered together to experience an unmatched Red Carpet celebration with this magnificent list of achievers.

The winners include:

Most Innovative Style winner: Acclaimed content creator and businesswoman, Kim Jayde,

Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film/TV winner Nambitha Ben-Mazwi,

Most Stylish Performing Artist in Music winner Boity Thulo,

Most Stylish Media Personality winner Leanne Manas,

Most Stylish Fashion Designer winner Craig Jacobs,

Most Stylish Model winner Rosette Ncwana,

Most Stylish Business Personality winners Jeff and Teddy Zaki,

Most Stylish Couple winners Lamiez Holworthy and Khuli Chana,

Most Stylish Changemaker winner Refilwe Modiselle,

The Next Big Thing winners Galaletsang Tshungu, also known as Halle Robinson and Lebo George Molaolwa, also known as Lebo Molax,

Style Icon winner Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse.

Each SA Style Awards winner was a guest of the trendy Southern Sun, Hyde Park for the night of the Awards Ceremony.

They also received a sumptuous night stay at the prestigious @Sandton Hotel in the Presidential Suite, experiential luxury treatments from LUEUR Aesthetics & Wellness spa and their wonderful suppliers, gifts from Panier de Sens and Kendall and Kylie Ready-to-Wear as well as hair treatments from the home of hair care, Carlton Hair.

South Africa’s first lady of house and 2010 SA Style Awards winner, Tamara Dey kept the charming crowd on their feet with her new number one sweet serenade “Disco Therapy”.

Guests enjoyed a sumptuous floating dinner at the Southern Sun Rooftop where they toasted the esteemed winners with VALDO prosecco and Nicki Van Der Walt’s new rosé Mirabelle.

After the star-studded event, they received the highly sought-after SA Style Awards Gift Bag, a series of luxurious gifts by top international brands including the sartorial French cosmetics brand Panier de Sense, known for its exclusive, sustainable products and Kylie and Kendall, both provided by the 51Group.

The main sponsor PLASCON organised an exceptional gift – a colourful macaron tower from Just Teddy. Guests could personally select some of these delicacies to take home with them.

Said PLASCON South Africa’s Suvasin Moodley, PLASCON South Africa Head of Decorative Marketing: “PLASCON South Africa is proud to be part of the SA Style Awards 2022/3.

Martin Myers -Manager to Sipho Mabuse – 083 448 4475

Music Exchange musical highlights of 2022

Recognition, celebration, and validation of contribution in composition was the theme on Friday, Jul. 22, 2022, at the University of Cape Town (UCT) when the District-Six-born Dr Trevor Jones accepted a Doctor of Music, honoris causa.

Marc Marot, responsible for over 100m album sales at Island records, was in SA for 16 days for the 2022 Music Exchange conference in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Left to right: Martin Myers, Mark Rosin CEO Samro, Marc Marot, Dr Trevor Jones  

Marc’s publishing signings include, amongst many others, Massive Attack, De La Soul, Julia Fordham, and Shakespeare’s Sister (Marcy Levy).

Amongst the Artists signed and developed by his team while at Island Records were:
     • Pulp
     • PJ Harvey
     • The Stereo MCs
     • P.M. Dawn
     • The Cranberries
     • Elbow
     • Chaka Demus and Pliers
     • NWA
     • The Orb
     • Ice Cube
     • Talvin Singh
     • Tricky
     • Nine Inch Nails

Albums of the year – Moreira Chonguica – Sounds of Peace and Steve Louw Thunder and Rain

Band of the year in SA – Temple Boys out of Cape Town, “Saggies” was the big song.

Global act – Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican rapper and singer. His musical style is defined as Latin trap and reggaeton.

His second tour of 2022 doubled the gross of his last record-breaking trek: The World’s Hottest Tour grossed $232.5 million and sold 944,000 tickets from just 21 shows in the US.

Then you have Harry Styles at #2 and Taylor Swift at #3, as far as international acts are concerned.

What was the most significant benefit that music streaming has brought to live music?

It’s made music discovery borderless. Maybe for the first time in pop music history, it doesn’t matter which language you’re singing in. Five years ago, the idea of Bad Bunny selling stadiums in the USA was crazy. 

R. Kelly gets 30 years of jail time.

Things went from bad to worse for R. Kelly in 2022. After being convicted last year in New York on racketeering and sex trafficking charges, the disgraced R&B singer was sentenced to 30 years in prison on those charges in June.


Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” blasted back onto the Hot 100 at No. 8 (Jun. 11) and reached a No. 3 high in July, powered by its synch in the fourth season of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Having charted initially, rising to #30, in 1985, the song wrapped the longest run to the Hot 100’s top five in terms of time from a debut on the ranking in the Top Five – 36 years, nine months and two weeks.

Exactly one decade ago, on Dec. 21, 2012, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” made history as the first music video to reach 1 billion YouTube views.

 As a result, YouTube’s Billion Views Club was born. A way to celebrate official videos that have achieved peak virality, the club is now home to over 300 music videos, including many of the most iconic hits from the past 10 years — from Adele’s “Hello” to Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”, featuring Daddy Yankee.

Consequently, for major-label artists, one billion video streams on an official music video would generate about $2.6 million globally. That’s, of course, before the label takes their cut of royalties, which varies widely based on each artist’s deal, and before the artist considers what, if anything, they owe to their featured artists or producers on the track.

All the best for the New Year.