Thirty years ago Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, wrote and recorded the most important song of his life.

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

For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za
Mobile: +27 83 448 4475

Sipho Mabuse Timelessness at the Lyric 1 Oct 2014 with Pops Mohamed, Alec Khaloi, PJ Powers, Condry Ziqubu

Thank  you to the following team

Sound  – Sound Corporation – Mark de Klerk

Technical Production Lighting, design, concept and operation  – JP Willson

Publicity Martin Myers and Samm Marshall

Event management – Razia Myers, Casey Barclay

Ticketing – Naledi Mabuse, Palesa Mabuse

Show produced by Sipho Mabuse and Martin Myers

Lyric Theatre  – Calum Stevenson, Zara Gafney, Graham Brune

Video recording – Paul Hughes

Live sound recording – Richard Mitchell

Superstar guests to join Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2014

HEAVYWEIGHTS CONFIRMED TO SUPPORT SIPHO

On Wednesday evening, 1 October, Sipho Mabuse will perform at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, presenting a special single performance with some of the biggest names in music.

The iconic PJ Powers and the legendary Pops Mohamed, will share the night with Sipho who has entitled the show Timelessness .

The show will pay take fans on an extraordinary and unique musical journey which will pay tribute to some of the greatest figures in music.

Timelessness will comprise two sets, the first opening with the singer/songwriter,/producer and multi-instrumentalist’s debut composition.

 

Sipho will perform alongside his friends and two surviving members of his first band Harari. Om Alec Khaoli and Condry Ziqubu) will join him on stage to revive “Party Soul Fire”, one of the group’s earliest hit singles.

Besides great songs, The Lyric Theatre will witness rich and rewarding musical friendships being reaffirmed in live performance. The second half of this once-off trip down memory lane will open with“ Thabu Bosiu”, another of Mabuse’s standout classics. There will also be surprise performances that will only be revealed once the Sipho and his band are in full flight on the night.

 

The evening’s performances will be punctuated by classic renditions of songs that have inspired Sipho from The Beatles “Norwegian Wood” through to Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band’s“We’ve Got Tonight”. Sipho’s timeless renditions of unlikely favourites are sure to ignite the night whilst the staging and the lighting promises to wow the audience almost as much as Sipho and friends will enchant. A video crew will be on hand to capture the evening for posterity.

 

It has been 30 years since “Burnout” blew up the charts and changed local pop music forever –and 50 years since Sipho began his journey in song.

 

On 1 October patrons inside The Lyric Theatre will be assured of a show filled with great friends, exceptional music and remarkable stories.

Head out to Gold Reef City, and join us in celebrating these multiple anniversaries with Sipho’s friends, and peers. Expect tributes, tears and Timelessness aplenty as Sipho Mabuse unpacks, retells and delights the night with songs and stories that remain as fresh and inspiring as the man himself.

Momentous it promises to be – magic and memorable for all fortunate enough to be present.

Tickets are available from Computicket.co.za or call: 0861 915 8000

 

For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za
Mobile: +27 083 448 4475

 

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Music Alla Kaap – Sat 27th Sept Grand West Arena Cape Town – book now

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse to celebrate Burnout with his show “Timelessness 50 years on” Wed 1 Oct Lyric Theatre

TIMELESSNESS 50 years on 

On Wednesday evening, 1 October, for one-night-only, one of South Africa’s, and indeed the world’s, most admired and respected musicians – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – is set to perform at The Lyric Theatre, Johannesburg, in a special, single performance, affair.

Titled Timelessness, a name coined by Mabuse, the show will  tip its hat to the masters, taking fans on musical journey filled with extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, performances.

2014 is a momentous year in Mabuse’s 50-year career immersion in music. Not only is it his golden anniversary of his unwavering commitment and contribution to South African music, it is 30 years ago his now 500 000 copy-selling single “Burn Out” changed the face of shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in pop music history.

Timelessness

From his first group, Harari, through to his stellar solo career that spans the better part of his adult life, Mabuse’s Lyric Theatre reveal is going to be jam-packed with so many hits and memories, beyond “Burn Out”, that “we might not be able to fit it in,” he jokes.

Beyond competent and hugely applauded, the magic this musician makes is practically impossible to pigeonhole. Drummer, flautist, alto flautist, pianist, saxophonist, kalimba player, timbale and African drummer, Mabuse’s raw ability and talent know no limit!

His name became synonymous with township jive nearly three decades ago, and today his live performances still present the master’s art as the stuff of legend.

As the musical ambassador for South Africa, performing in virtually every country in Africa and touring the US, England, France, Germany and Italy, amongst many more, Mabuse’s recorded and produced the likes of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo.

Head out to The Lyric Theatre, at Gold Reef City, and come celebrate the multiple anniversaries with his friends, peers and contemporaries. Expect tributes, tears and Timelessness aplenty as Sipho”Hotstix” Mabuse unpacks, retells and delights the night with songs that remain as perpetual as the master maker himself.

Tickets are available from Computicket.co.za or call: 0861 915 8000 or click on link below 

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For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za
Mobile: +27 83 448 4475

Sipho Mabuse, Sophia Foster, Alistair Izobel for Music Alla Kaap Sat 27th September Grand Arena

Cape Town’s annual music extravaganza Music Alla Kaap is back for its third year running at the GrandWest Arena in Cape Town for one night only on Saturday 27 September 2014 at 8pm.

Following 5 sold out shows in two years’, this has become a must-see event on Cape Town’s social calendar.

Music Alla Kaap will be celebrating South Africa’s music icons and the best of the mother city’s artists and entertainers coming together to perform on one stage.

The star-studded line-up will be hosted by veteran stage, film and television star Shaleen Surtie-Richards for a second consecutive year.

She was recently seen in Lara Foot’s adaptation of the stage production Scrooge and was the master of ceremonies at the 10th Cape Town Comedy Festival.

The show is a celebration of great music featuring performances by Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Alvon Collison, Nur Abrahams, Karin Kortje, Sophia Foster, Salome

The show  includes a 6-piece band headed up by one of Cape Town’s top music director’s Trevino Isaacs, Don-veno Prins on saxophone, Ryan Kierman – trombone, Lorenzo Blignaught – trumpet, Jason de Laney on guitar and Melvin Williams on bass.

Music Alla Kaap is produced and conceptualized by Alistair Izobell who will also be performing on stage with the rest of the stars, together with a few other surprising artists on the night.

For Sipho  this September  marks the 30th anniversary of the icon’s hit-makers song “Burn out”, where 500 000 copies of this selling-single changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in SA  pop music history.

Mabuse is a 2005 SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Chairman of the non-profit organisation Music Exchange and a 46664 Ambassador having performed at both London’s Hyde Park in 2008 and New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 2009.

The line-up of acts to join Mabuse includes Cape Town’s ‘Mr Showbiz’, Alvon Collison who’s been entertaining audiences for more than 35 years.  This all-round entertainer has appeared in a variety of shows over the years, and has made several TV appearances on entertainment programmes throughout his career.

Sophia Foster forms part of the incredible line-up as well.  Her unique talent has transcended all boundaries of music and secured her place as one of the country’s top divas of song. Today, she is one of South Africa’s pioneers and much loved ‘sisters of song’.

Foster has performed internationally and to local audiences over the past four decades. Having starred in various musical extravaganzas, it’s her one woman shows that have earned Foster her greatest acclaim.  She’s been compared to those of Billy Holiday, Lena Horn and Shirley Bassey, and is been celebrated for her unique and sophisticated style.

Music Alla Kaap 2014

Music Alla Kaap 2014

Local Cape Town singer Karin Kortje joins the ensemble of entertainers with her sultry and powerful singing voice.  Suave vocalist Nur Abrahams brings his musical charm to the show.  This seasoned artist has appeared in a number of productions.  His performed to local and international audiences as is well-known for his performances in David Kramer’s award-winning musicals and was a former member of the popular band JAG.

Singing sensation Salome Damon Johansen is no stranger to Cape Town audiences. She’s travelled and performed in various cities with Madame Zingara, and formed part of the Diva Tour featuring SA’s top female singers in Cape Town.

Tickets range from R120 – R180 and booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.

 

Bongani Masuku Benefit Concert 2 July 2014

South African artists came together to remember musician Bongani Masuku at a benefit concert for his family on 2 July 2014 at Joburg Theatre.

[Pictures: Valentina Nicol/The Citizen Newspaper]

The music fraternity learnt the shocking news of Masuku’s untimely death on the evening of 17 May 2014.

He was tragically shot and killed in Troyville.

Masuku was a long standing band member of Johnny Clegg and he left behind his wife, Linah Masuku, and their four children.

The benefit concert on 2 July 2014 at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre,raised funds for the family and raise awareness for Artists against Violence.

South Africa has lost many high profile musicians to crime including, Lucky Dube, Mafikizolo band singer Tebogo Benedict Madingoane and Gito Baloi due to violence in South Africa.

The line up for the benefit concert included top musicians:

Ard Matthews
Claire Johnston from Mango Groove
Johnny Clegg and band
Khanyo
Ringo
Ross Learmonth from Prime Circle
Sibongile Khumalo
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
Victor Masondo
Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Musical Director for this benefit concert was  Andy Innes, who is Musical Director, guitarist and vocalist for the Johnny Clegg band and has been for over twenty years.

The show is produced by Real Management.

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