“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

Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège honours Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse with a Lifetime Achievement award

GQ South Africa | December 14, 2021

Sipho ’’Hotstix’’ Mabuse, photographed by Simz Mkhwanazi
Sipho ’’Hotstix’’ Mabuse, photographed by Simz Mkhwanazi

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.

David White, Moët Hennessy General Manager of Southern Africa, Sipho “Hotstix’’ Mabuse and GQ Editor-in-Chief Molife Kumona

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:

Festive season message from Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse

Festive season message from Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse
Festive season message from Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse

I was blessed to turn 70 on the 2nd November  2021. 

Thank you for the love and support. 

2022 looks bright. Hold onto possibility – I do, most days. Yes, it’s hard, but the outcome is the goal and ultimate reward. 

Stay true to yourself and deliver above and beyond.

Have a safe festive season and a healthy 2022. 

Sipho