I hope you had a great time in NY & you & Sipho got back safely to Jo’burg.
Just thought I’d send a quick message to say that we ( particularly the horn
section ) really enjoyed playing with Sipho and I can’t get over how joyful
his playing is. Without playing too much or too fast – it just seems to make everyone want to dance – a great gift that you can’t learn !
Great chatting to you at the aftershow too & hope we can play together again
Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse was one of the South African musicians selected to perform at the inaugural Mandela Day Concert in New York.
He was accompanied by PA Martin Myers who, armed with a camera, captured event preparations, backstage encounters with other performers, rehearsals, candid shots with celebrities like Forrest Whitaker, and the show itself…
Nelson Mandela Day isn’t on any official calendars at this point in time, but the organizers of this year’s concert in honor of the nonagenarian civil rights giant are working overtime to ensure that state of affairs changes soon. This year’s event — held in North America for the first time — also marked the first time that 46664 (Mandela’s charitable organization) expanded things to include a full week of activities, ranging from an art exhibit at Grand Central Station to a gala dinner hosted by former president Bill Clinton.
The main event, however, was the concert, scaled down from its initial Madison Square Garden location last month, which managed to achieve accessibility without dumbing down. While the big names certainly did not disappoint — Aretha Franklin was particularly fiery in her performance of “Make Them Hear You” — the real knockout punches were delivered by unexpected sources.
France’s first lady Carla Bruni, for instance, teamed with Dave Stewart for a steely and stirring rendition of “Blowin’ in the Wind” — a particularly fitting selection to celebrate Mandela’s life — while Baaba Maal and Chris Chameleon eked a full spectrum of emotions from Ben Harper‘s “With My Two Hands.” While those pairings brought together performers from relatively close quarters, it proved particularly intriguing to see cross-cultural boundary crossings like Alicia Keys and Angelique Kidjo’s “Afrika.”
African-based performers offered plenty of powerful perfs, notably saxophonist Sipho Mabuse, who brought down the house with the soulful “Shikisha.” Surprises also emanated from closer to home, a point emphasized by Cyndi Lauper and Lil’ Kim working through a medley of “Time After Time” and “Lighters Up” that found each woman tweaking the other’s tune with dexterity and love. The set ended on a warm note with Stevie Wonder leading the entire ensemble — and the aud — through a sweet rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
The program, which was punctuated, but not hamstrung, by speeches, was webcast live worldwide. TV broadcasts are planned on a number of international platforms, including VH1 in the States and Canal Plus in much of Latin America.
well its the consulate today
took sipho mabuse to the Apollo theatre yesterday
Sipho had lunch at the boat house in central park, with our dear SA friend Neil bernstein. he is working the property business.
Roy Harman Loyiso’s manager has had loads of meetings at record co’s…
The gala dinner at Grand Central was fantastic
Bill Clinton has an aura and Morgan Freeman looks like Mandela
The show on Sat is gig of the week in New York Times.
rehearsals at 11am, Just been to the apple store at 7.30am to buy some things, Store open 24 hours a day the store is on 5th avenue next to Trump tower
Saw Yvonne Chaka Chaka last night she had a great chat with Sipho Mabuse. Jesse Clegg is also in town he has rehearsals at 3pm today
Vusi Mahlasela is singing with Josh Groban, taking a guess must be his version of weeping.
Now we go to the deli on Madison at 48th street to have breakfast
weather is fantastic ,nice and sunny not too hot
seeing Brian Benatar from Thunda.com at midday for lunch and then tonight its the gala dinner at Grand Central Station
Hotel is fantastic, Just been taken to lunch at Esca, means Fish in Italian, resturant is run by Maro Batali,situated in Hells kitchen or Times Square West as new Yorkers like to call it .waiters can easily earn 100 000 dollars a year working at Esca.
Amazon is big for music and so is Itunes. The virgin stores have closed down.
Rehersals are at 10am local time wed and then the gala dinner on Wed night
I heard tickets cost 2500.00 dollars per person