Interview with Sipho Hotstix Mabuse | 6B Magazine

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

6B: You began working in the Music Industry while the old laws of apartheid were still governing the country. Despite that you still made your mark in the industry. What inspired you to keep pushing?

Sipho: I come from a generation of musicians who saw themselves as an investment, an invest in ourselves. If you believe enough in what you do, then you have to invest in yourself so that others can believe that they can invest in you, be that materially, or intellectually. We’d go out, rehearse, book the venues, write the banners and put them up, we’d load the equipment, drive ourselves to a venue – we were investing in ourselves. You don’t find people doing that anymore – all they want to do is rehearse and wait for a promoter to knock at their door.

6B: How has the music industry changed over the years?

Sipho: I call it “The dependence syndrome” It’s what is affecting younger musicians these days – They believe that the only way they can grow musically is through record companies and promoters. “I want to remain an artist and let everybody else take care of what I do…” This is a dangerous space to be in, because you find that you cannot create a space in which you can operate on your own. Interestingly, the challenges have always been the same, the issues around royalties, copyright, remuneration and so on. Unfortunately, most young people, particularly black young people, see music as an escape from poverty, and the only way in which they can find themselves employed – through television, recordings and performances. Little do they understand the pitfalls and the challenges that there are. We would never discourage them from wanting to be performers, but they also need to understand what it is that they are getting themselves involved in.

6B: You have said before that you thought you were destined to become a doctor or lawyer, what made you decide to go into music rather?

Sipho: I am studying through UNISA at the moment. I managed to complete my matric last year, because I wanted to do it. I left school to pursue my dreams, we had a band and toured all over Africa. I’m not encouraging youngsters to drop out of school, but I do encourage them to actively pursue their dreams – whatever that means to them. Just stay grounded whilst doing it.

Read more at 6B Magazine – Sipho Hotstix Mabuse.

Over 50 Speakers and Panelists confirmed for the 2013 Music Conference

Over 50 Speakers and Panelists confirmed for the 2013 Music Conference

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and RJ Benjamin
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and RJ Benjamin

Music Exchange, South Africa’s 3rd Independent Music Conference that gets everyone in the music industry talking, is set to take place from 21-22 March, with an additional day confirmed for the 23 March 2013 for workshops (see list below for more details on workshops).

The most influential names in the music industry have signed up to impart and share their knowledge and expertise at this year’s Music Conference

Some of the Panelists and Artists to look out for are:

Benjy Mudie A&R for Universal Music and Idols mentor, Rashid Lombard, founder of Cape Town Jazz Festival, internationally acclaimed artist Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Music label Ghetto Ruff CEO Lance Stehr,renowned producer Gabi Le Roux, chief editor for Rolling Stone SA Magazine Miles Keylock.

Thebe Ikalafeng, ( Ikalafeng is vice-chairman of the Brand Council of South Africa and a non-executive director of Mercantile Bank Holdings, Brand South Africa, WWF South Africa (WorldWideFund for Nature to name a few), as well as CEO of Brandsrock Mike Joubert and CEO of SAMRO Nick Motstate, Nick Matzukis the renowned Music Attorney is launching his new book at the conference entitled South African Music Law, Contracts and Business” – 2013 (third)
as well as Radio personality Ian Bredenkamp from KFM to name but a few, are all speaking at the conference .

Artists who are speaking at the Conference include :Arno Carstens, R J Benjamin ,Chad Saaiman , Jimmy Nevis, Dubmasta China , Andrew McPherson ,Mark Haze ,The Rudimentals , REBURN ,
Shadowclub , 7th Son , Goodnight Wembly, Dino Michael , DJ Da Capo
. International producer and record label owner Charles Webster
who produces luminaries such as Black Coffee, Bucie, MiCasa,Tracy Thorn (Everything But The Girl/Massive Attack) , Cathy Batistessa, Vanessa Daou, Wendy and Lisa and Robert Owens to name a few)

Delegates will hear about the future of music from the “who’s who” of the music industry.

All panelists and speakers will make themselves available for the full two days. Delegates will move into focused presentations on a number of topics and these will be followed by panel discussions with experts in each field.

Delegates are encouraged to submit their demos via the Soundcloud link on the website.5 to 10 bands /Artists / DJ’s and Music Professionals will be selected and given the opportunity to showcase their talent at the showcase evening
at the end of Day 1. Attendance for the Showcase evening will be free to delegates.

A number of key International Music Aficionados will also be present…”Speakers will be published shortly.

Please see website for a full list of Artists and Panelists and for further details on Topics to be discussed at this year’s 2013 Music Conference.

Music Exchange Offering:

A 2 day ticket purchased for Music Exchange at R499
will include the following:

  1. Catering for 21 ,22 and 23 March 2013
  2. Showcase Evening on the 21 March 2013
  3. Concert Evening on the 22 March 2013
  4. Workshops – 23rd March as follows:
  • ADMT African Dance & Music Technology – An interactive DJ interactive workshop which will include how to DJ/ production / remixing / mastering and running label etc.

With Dino Michael and Charles Webster who is producing luminaries such as Black Coffee, Bucie, MiCasa,Tracy Thorn (everything but the girl/massive attack) , Cathy Batistessa, Vanessa Daou, Wendy and Lisa
and Robert Owens to name a few!!!!) The very talented SA Producer & DJ Da Capo will also be part of this interactive workshop

  • The Score – Music database and Music Portal for Artists How to use this database to List Your Gig Guideand other effective tools.
  • Contracts and Advise Legal– Ankia Pelser
  • Web development and Sugarman.Org – Brian Currin


21, 22 & 23 March 2013


Cape Town City Hall

Ticket Prices

1 day ticket at R299

2 day ticket at R499

Music Exchange Concert 23 March 2013 Tickets R 50-00 sold online or R 100-00 at the door

For media related queries, interviews, photos and media accreditation to attend the conference, please contact Gwen Ironsi – Tel: 072 656 1906 or e-mail:

For more information on Music Exchange 2013, and booking details please contact

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Radio interview with Robin Lustig on BBC World Service


BBC World Service Radio’s flagship news and current affairs programme, Newshour.

Radio interview with Robin Lustig

The BBC World Service is the BBC’s international radio station. It is broadcast to every country in the world in 32 languages and has a listenership of 43 million to its English language network each week.

It has very large audiences in parts of Africa and Asia and one of its largest growing audiences is in the United States where programmes are taken on 200 NPR stations reaching more than 10 million listeners.