October 9, 2014 Leave a comment
In 1984 he was already a successful musician, as a member of Harari and a critically acclaimed solo artist.
He’d penned and played some of the finest original South African-born music of his generation, but it was the recoding in September 1984 of the monster-hit “Burn Out” that changed everything for its maker, catapulting him to a new level of fame and turning him into something of a superstar.
Released the year PW Botha, the former President, declared a state of emergency in, this impeccably funky township disco jive jam became the first major crossover hit in South Africa, selling in excess of half a million copies. Over the years the song has been remixed by international DJs and covered by many more South African artists, qualifying it as one of the country’s most cherished classic tracks ever.
Beyond competent and hugely applauded, the magic Mabuse continues to make, close on 50 years since he first hit a drum, learnt to play the flute and alto flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, timbale and the African drum, his raw ability and talent has known no limits! “I’m very thankful and grateful for what “Burn Out” brought with it,” he says. “I believe in my ancestors and they’ve done a wonderful job at looking after me through the years.”
“Burn Out” evolved in his head, long before it finally hit the page. “It was directing itself, spiritually,” Mabuse explains. “When it did finally show itself it took all of 10 minutes to write! And then my life went to a whole new level. It has probably defined me. I am that song.”
Thirty years later and Mabuse’s not only celebrating many happy returns of a hit song and extraordinary career, he’s hard at work crafting the next chapter. “I believe my finest work is still to come,” the perfectionist insists. “I can’t stand still, and in many ways I feel as though I’ve come full circle.”
Whether or not that means there’s a “Burn Out 2.0” building inside the national treasure, Mabuse’s not saying. “I am evolving all the time, so perhaps my ancestors will keep on being kind,” he says with a smile. Either way fans can rest assured there will be plenty more hits and memories as long as Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse elects it.
The 30 years of Burn out album is available on I Tunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/burnout-30th-anniversary-edition/id921045327
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