GENERATIONS ***** TREVOR JONES AND SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE Collaboration comes from meeting each other at Music Exchange

Generations - Sipho and Trevor at Music Exchange
Generations – Sipho and Trevor at Music Exchange

TREVOR JONES AND SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE ADD THEIR GENIUS TO GENERATIONS

South African multi-award-winning, orchestral film score composer and conductor Trevor Jones headed home last month to capture a piece of musical magic.

As the longest running soap opera in South African television history, Generations’ creators decided, as part of the shows 20th anniversary celebrations, to invite one of our finest musical exports to write and record an original piece of music for the show.

Locally Trevor Jones’ creations helped make Jozi H great and the likes of Notting Hill, Angel Heart, The Last Of The Mohicans; GI Jane and Around The World In 80 Days box-office hits. His compositional genius is known, respected and called upon the world over. The fact that he took time out to come home and record a piece of music that will welcome in audiences Monday through Friday speaks mountains of his will and want to work and play in his country of birth. “I love a challenge,” Jones says. “Collaborating on a piece of music for a soap opera as successful as Generations meant I had to find a way to do justice to a show that mirrors popular society as well as it does. The music runs in tandem with the energy and aspiration that’s broadcast each weekday.”

From the 26th September 2013 onward a beautifully orchestrated and produced piece of signature music, featuring the legendary musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse on saxophone, will welcome the millions of South Africans who tune in Monday through Friday to get their daily dose of riveting intrigue. Jones and Mabuse met up for the first time earlier this year at the independent music conference Music Exchange. “I knew who Trevor was, and was always in awe of his work, ”Mabuse says. “When we did meet, the prospect and possibility of ever working together suddenly seemed within reach. We just needed to find the right moment.”

With a mere two years between the two musical giants, Mabuse the junior, and Jones senior, the former Soweto-born musician and the latter District Six prodigy have both spent the better part of their lives wowing audiences the world over, away and beyond their township roots. Today the two stand united, collaborators and joint peers equally committed to leaving a lasting impression beyond Generations opening credits.

Jones got the call from Generations’ creator Mfundi Vundla in late July and quickly set to work crafting what will soon become one of the most recognisable refrains to this well-loved and entrenched weekday distraction. “I did it for love,” he says.

Besides spending time with the shows head writer, Bongi Ndaba, and watching clips from the show, Jones wrote, scored and produced a piece of music so compelling that finding the right players to match his vision meant calling in one of South Africa’s finest musicians. “I had been working on a bigger composition with Sipho Mabuse in mind,” he recalls. “So when the opportunity came along to work on the Generations score, inviting him along for the ride made perfect sense. Sipho’s a consummate professional, a wonderful friend, gifted musician and performer. His contribution here is nothing short of inspired!

“This piece of music could not have been created with anyone other than Sipho,” Jones continues. “He has a distinctive way of playing, and you can hear his signature saxophone from the opening bars of the piece.”

With instrumentation and melody that need capture and enthral in no more than 45 seconds, Trevor Jones and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse have delivered a piece of music fitting of the 20-year legacy Generations has created for itself. Now all that’s left is for the ever-evolving plot to unravel around a critical composition that only a man of his calibre can claim.

For more information contact:

Triple M Entertainment

Martin Myers (Manager Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and Trevor Jones)

E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za


First Wawela Music Awards give thumbs-up to composers – ALL THE WINNERS

Original music was the big winner at the inaugural Wawela Music Awards on Friday night, at which the shining lights of South African songwriting were celebrated.

On Friday, 28 June 2013, a constellation of the country’s music stars gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre to pay tribute to an elite group of music composers and authors whose work has made a significant impact locally and abroad.

Presented by Gareth Cliff and Azania Mosaka, the event aptly illustrated the power wielded by creators of original, homegrown music as guests were entertained by the eclectic sounds of The Soil, Phuzekhemisi and Koos Kombuis, with one of the highlights of the evening being an electrifying duet between Dorothy Masuku and Nhlanhla Nciza from Mafikizolo.

The isiZulu word “Wawela” means “to go beyond”, and this SAMRO initiative was launched to give credit to local music creators who have achieved excellence in their craft across various platforms, including composing for film, radio and television.

The awards ceremony – the first of its kind in the country dedicated to honouring composers – saw the industry uniting to applaud the leading lights, trailblazers and unsung heroes of the South African music scene.

The Standard Awards were open to SAMRO members, who were required to submit entries accompanied by motivations. The major winner on the night was Kgomotso Mashigo, also known as jazzy-pop songstress Black Porcelain, who walked off with two awards: for Best Creative Album and Best Female Artist and Composer.

The sublime Lira was crowned Songwriter of the Year, while Tumi and the Volume were named South African Best Duo or Group. The multi-talented self-taught musician Daniel Baron took home the trophy for Best Male Artist and Composer.

Other winners were celebrated composer Philip Miller, whose score for the film Leaving Father was voted Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary, and former Via Afrika vocalist René Veldsman, whose music for the Shoprite advert was judged Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial.

Composer and sound designer Gregory Reveret took home the Wawela Music Award for Best Song or Composition in a Television Production, for Loxion Kulca Roots, while Jerry James Barnard bagged top honours for best song or composition in a television commercial for his work on the Bells advert.

The judging panel, comprising respected names drawn from the industry, also handed out a number of Special Awards on the night. Among these were Inaugural Recognition Awards that honoured the immense contribution made by South Africans whose groundbreaking work has enriched the reputation of the local music industry.

The five awards went to Los Angeles-based film and television score composer and production music library pioneer Alan Lazar, who made his name in South Africa as a member of Mango Groove; world-renowned writer, composer and producer Mbongeni Ngema, whose Sarafina! musical took Broadway by storm; keyboard player, composer, producer, and studio and record label owner Sizwe Zako, who has taken local gospel music to dizzying heights; Golden Globe-nominated film music composer Trevor Jones, who went from District Six to the bright lights of Hollywood thanks to his twin passions for cinema and music; and Lebo M, the celebrated singer, songwriter, composer and musician whose music for The Lion King scooped a Grammy.

Jones also scooped the Breaking Through the Borders Award. JB Arthur, a South African Music Award- and Emmy Award-winning composer, musical arranger and producer, was rewarded for his international success with the Statistical Award for Broadcast and Live performances.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the evergreen Dorothy Masuku, a pioneering force in Southern African music who continues to perform, enchant and inspire. And Johnny Clegg, one of the country’s most beloved musical sons who has sown the seeds of South African music around the world while producing work of a consistently high calibre, received the Prolific Catalogue of Works Award.

THE 2013 WAWELA MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatric documentary:

Philip Miller for Leaving Father

Best song or composition in a television production:

Gregory Reveret for Loxion Kulca Roots

Best song or composition in a television commercial:

Jeramy James Barnard for the Bells commercial

Best song or composition in a radio commercial:

Rene Veldsman for the Shoprite commercial

Best creative album of the year:

Black Porcelain for Invincible Summer

Songwriter of the year:

LIRA

Best South African duo/group:

Tumi and the Volume

Best female artist & composer/co-composer:

Black Porcelain

Best male artist & composer/co-composer:

Daniel Baron

Statistical Award

JB Arthur

Wawela Inaugural Recognition Awards

– Alan Lazar

– Mbongeni Ngema

– Lebo M

– Trevor Jones

– Sizwe Zako

Breaking Through the Borders Award

Trevor Jones

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award

Johnny Clegg

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dorothy Masuku

For more information on the WAWELA Music Awards:

www.Wawelamusicawards.co.za

info@Wawela.co.za

Twitter: @WawelaMusic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WawelaMusicAwards

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is proud to be hosting the inaugural WAWELA Music Awards, the only awards ceremony in South Africa that rewards music creators for their outstanding international achievements. For further information on SAMRO, please visit www.samro.org.za

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse chats Music Exchange 2013

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Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse

Bizcommunity recently sat down with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse to talk about Music Exchange 2013 – the conference that’s got tongues wagging and interest piqued within the entertainment industry. With more than 40 years of experience, Mabuse is a treasure trove of knowledge for any aspiring musician.

Bizcommunity: You’ve had continuous involvement with Music Exchange since the inaugural conference in 2009, what is your role in this year’s conference?

Sipho Mabuse: My role is multi-pronged, I serve as a director, I’m a partner, and I spoke in the last two and gave my own personal experiences as a musician. What’s important for us is to formulate direction; I sit in the meetings that we have and we formulate direction, which topics do we deal with, and that’s basically what I do.

Read more at Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse chats Music Exchange 2013.