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 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

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Makhadzi, Shona Ferguson and Thuso Mbedu honoured at GQ MOTY Awards

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Theo Baloyi, Noma Mbedu, Nick Boulton, Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and Laduma Ngxokolo after being honoured at the GQ South Africa Men of the Year Awards. PICTURE: Supplied
Theo Baloyi, Noma Mbedu, Nick Boulton, Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and Laduma Ngxokolo after being honoured at the GQ South Africa Men of the Year Awards. PICTURE: Supplied

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Makhadzi, Shona Ferguson and Thuso Mbedu honoured at GQ MOTY Awards

By Buhle Mbonambi  Nov 28, 2021

Artists, humanitarians, innovators, athletes, designers, comedians and entrepreneurs gathered at a celebration of 2021’s cultural high points – the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Now in their third year, GQ South Africa marked the 2021 GQ Men of the Year Awards last night at the Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff, in association with Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège.

They were co-hosted by GQ South Africa Editor-in-Chief, Molife Kumona, and broadcaster, Claire Mawisa.

Guests enjoyed performances by Siki Jo-An, Kenyan superstars, Sauti Sol and as well as the Hennessy Lifetime Achievement award recipient, the iconic Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse.

The GQ Men of the Year Awards have become one of the most important signifiers of a persons impact in the year. Unlike the Best Dressed Awards, which award personal style, the Men of the Year Awards are all about celebrating those who have made an impact in society, whether they are public figures or not.

Affectionately known as “MOTY”, they are a prestigious award ceremony recognising the most intelligent and inspiring men and women who shape our cultural landscape. The award recipients are people who are exceptional, impactful, inspired and inspirational.

Insider spoke to GQ South Africa Editor-in-Chief, Molife Kumona ahead of the awards.

It’s the third year of the GQ Men of the Year Awards. How much of an impact do you believe these awards have had?

I think the awards have had a significant impact in awarding and recognizing people who have had an impact on culture in different industries and have also been inspirational to their peers and others. They are important because they serve as a platform to give accolades and respect where due, and also to highlight inspirational journeys that others will resonate with and be motivated by.

I think I can safely say in the 22 years we have been around as GQ, the 2021 Men of the Year has shown how diverse we are not only as a brand in who we showcase and celebrate but also how diverse the people who shape culture are. All the people we honoured are the epitome of excellence, inspiration, groundbreaking and shapers of culture.

Molife Kumona, GQ South Africa Editor-In-Chief. PICTURE: Supplied

How was the selection process this year compared to previous years?

I think this year was more difficult because South Africans keep on raising the bar, so choosing outright winners was a very tough job for the judges. 2021 has been an exceptional year. While we were still manoeuvring a pandemic there have been a lot of significant cultural moments and a group of individuals who have excelled and inspired.

Have there been interesting individuals whose stories have surprised you?

Yes, the story of Danny Diliberto who founded Ladles of Love who was the Humanitarian of the Year in 2020 really moved me and many other people. His passion for feeding the homeless and less privileged really touched us. He makes one want to do more as a human being.

What do the men and women who are being honoured at the GQ MOTY have in common?

Their audacity to believe in their passion and careers despite setbacks and their need to make it not only about themselves.

Here are the winners of the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2021

Entertainer of the Year – Makhadzi

Musician of the Year – Focalistic

Focalistic

Humanitarian of the Year – Kolisi Foundation

The Kolisi Foundation. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Editor’s Special Tribute – the late Shona Ferguson (accepted by Connie Ferguson)

Shona Ferguson. Picture: Instagram

The Game Changers of the Year – Kgothatso Montjane and Tatjana Schoenmaker

Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa celebrates with her gold medal. Picture: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Designer of the Year – Laduma Ngxokolo

Laduma Ngxokolo

The Industry Icon of the Year – Nick Boulton

Woman of the Year – Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu. Picture: Twitter

Sportsperson of the Year – Ntando Mahlangu

RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto/Shutterstock (12378008ed) Ntando Mahlangu from South Africa winning and beating the world record at Longjump during athletics at the Tokyo Paralympics, Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan on August 28, 2021. 2020 Tokyo Paralympics – Day 4, Japan – 28 Aug 2021

The Standard Bank Business Leader of the Year – Theo Baloyi

The Hennessy VSOP Privilège Lifetime Achievement Award – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse

Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

This article was published in Sunday Insider on Nov 28, 2021