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.


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 or call: 0861 915 8000 or click on link below


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Cape Lures Movie Music Maestro Home – Article on Trevor Jones page 3 Sunday Times 27 Oct 2013

Simple Minds return to South Africa this November with their Greatest Hits Live


Simple Minds, Scotland’s finest rock export, return to South Africa this November with their Greatest Hits Live and with it comes a wall of hits and memories that run close on four decades deep.

Since 1977 Simple Minds’ frontman Jim Kerr, along with his fellow band members Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes have committed themselves to being of the worlds greatest live acts. 36 years on and the music of Simple Minds remains as important, vital and loved as all of their many chart topping hits combined.

On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November the Big Top Arena at Carnival City will play host to the five-piece that brought us director John Hughes The Breakfast Club’s powerful anthem “Don`t You (Forget About Me)”, “Alive and Kicking” and the UK Number One hit single “Belfast Child”.

Next stop for the quintet will be Cape Town, on Sunday 3 November. The Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World will play host to the band and capacity crowd keen to hear the likes of the1989 game-changer “Mandela Day”, the track that arguably played a critical role in highlighting Madiba’s contribution and sacrifice for the freedom every single South African enjoys today. “We were rocking against racism,” Kerr recalls. “Peter Gabriel did it with “Biko”, and we found our voice in a man who’s a living legend.

We were young, filled with idealism and possibility. Hopefully that’s what rubbed off and helped in making South Africa a great country and one we love coming back to.”

Besides helping shape our reality, Simple Minds is currently touring almost every country they’ve ever had a Number One album in. The band arrives in South Africa having just played sold out shows across North America. Post Cape Town they’ll fill two nights at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. The Greatest Hits Live show started in Ireland in March this year, and will, after more than 80 shows, wrap up in Poland, almost a year later.

Loved for their ballads as much as their rich, guitar-driven rock, Simple Minds has always successfully sidestepped being locked into any one style or mood. “One of the things I’m most proud of is that people say to me what Simple Minds are you talking about?” Kerr explains.

“The avant-garde, the art-rock, the pop, the ambient, the instrumental group, the political, the folk, the stadium band? We’ve been on one hell of a journey. To play all those different styles, but at the same time be quintessentially Simple Minds, is an amazing thing.”

Relevant and as dynamic as they’ve ever been, Simple Minds may have a wall of greatest hits that go back decades, but what’s even more amazing is they continue to make new memories in a time that’s radically different from when they first started out in. “We’ve seen a lot, played our hearts out, and we keep coming back for more,” Kerr confesses. “The best part for me now is being able to enjoy so many of songs in the places that inspired their creation. Better still is seeing just how each has grown, just as we have.”

The music of Simple Minds continues to attract and influence new fans, many of who have become incredibly success bands and artists in their own right.

Simple Minds

Simple Minds

From Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby, all the way through to relative newcomers The Horrors, they all took a cue from Kerr and crew. Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone have also all sampled a Simple Minds hit, and movies too have benefited from their inclusion. From directors Christian Carion (L’Affaire Farewell), Gregor Jordan (The Informers), Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and, of course, John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), each movie reminds us just how Simple Minds’ music permeates every aspect of pop culture.

As the tours name suggests Simple Minds will be unpacking and delivering all the hits and memories from each of their critically acclaimed studio albums including 1984’s Sparkle In The Rain, Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years, as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both originally released in 1989).

In keeping things a little more current fans of the band’s 2009 UK Top ten album Graffiti Soul are also sure to be rewarded too for heading out to either of the band’s three-night, highly anticipated, return. “When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands,” Kerr concludes. “We wanted to be a band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere. We’re still living the dream and are looking forward to sharing it with as many people as possible.”

Friday 1st November – 8pm at The Big Top Arena, Carnival City.Saturday 2nd November – 8pm at The Big Top Arena, Carnival City.

Cape Town
Sunday 3rd November – 7pm at The Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World.

Tickets are available from Computicket.

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Trevor Jones To Mentor Idols Season Nine’s Top Eight


Trevor Jones and R J Benjamin

Trevor Jones and R J Benjamin

With the race to the final of South Africa’s ninth season of Idols fast coming down to the wire, the Top Eight finalists are about to get a qualified boost from non-other than the musical icon Trevor Jones.

For this week only, right through to Sunday, 13 October, M-Net and Mzansi Magic viewers will get the rare opportunity to watch Idols Musical Director, and celebrated musician, R J Benjamin working alongside the South African multi-award-winning, orchestral film score composer and conductor Trevor Jones. Together the two will take the Top Eight finalists on a journey that promises to be as exceptional as the talent that will walk away the single winner at the end of the season.

Flying in from his home in the UK especially for the M-Net Movies and the Idols Movie theme, Jones’ latest philanthropic commitment talks mountains of his will and want to share his wealth of experience that’s made him the living legend he is today.

Not only will Jones be putting the Top Eight through their paces this week, he’ll also be sharing insights into some of his most powerful creations. From the likes of Notting Hill, Angel Heart, The Last Of The Mohicans and Around The World In 80 Days box-office hits, Jones’ musical scores have touched the lives of millions the world over. Now he’s looking to affect the lives of eight young South Africans, all looking to have their mark felt.

This is big week for contestants and fans alike. The best part though for theses eight finalists is, regardless of who ultimately takes top honours, they all get to cherish time spent and knowledge shared that they’ll be able to apply long after Season Nine of Idols is over.

Don’t miss this week’s episode of Idols and witness Trevor Jones impart a wealth of knowledge to the Top 8 contestants on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sunday, 13 October at 17:30.

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CTL winners enjoy Bling-Bling Tour show | Cape Town Lately

Cape Town Lately competition winners Bernice Harman and Adrian Phipps had a blast at the Bling-Bling Comedy Tour show at GrandWest on Friday night.

Bernice Harman and Adrian Phipps won a pair of tickets to the Bling-Bling Comedy Tour via Cape Town Lately’s Facebook competition.

Here’s what they had to saw after the show.

Bernice Harman:


‘If you love comedy and you love South African culture, you’d love the show! The Bling-Bling Tour show was an entertaining evening with celebrities in the audience.

‘David Kau rocked the stage. He’s now in my list of top ten favourite performers as he had a great stage presence. I Thoroughly enjoyed Jason Goliath as his confidence keeps your eyes glued on him, listening to his every word. Skhumba’s act was excellent too.

‘Kudos to all the comedians for entertaining us with the intricate details of our politics, which borders on being ludicrous at times!

‘And special thanks to Cape Town Lately for the great evening. I’m a big fan. If you love Cape Town, you have to check them out.’

Adrian Phipps:


‘I was genuinely amped to hear I had won tickets to the Bling-Bling Tour show as I have heard only good things about in the media and I was not disappointed at all. The show exceeded my expectations and the line-up was world class as it included good mix of established comedians with some up-and-comers.

My favorite act was Conrad Koch and Chester Missing. This oke has his finger on the pulse of South African politics and has no qualms about laying the truth out there. His quick-fire form of comedy is also something I enjoy.

A special shout-out to David Kau as the host as this dude has grown from a junior shock-type comedian to a rock solid mainstay of South African comedy. I’ call him the black Barry Hilton. On Friday night, he was definitely in his element running the show.

‘I would like to thank Cape Town Lately for the opportunity and hope they stay committed to all things Cape Town. It’s great to see people who are as passionate about this lovely city as I am.’

The prize was proudly sponsored by Triple M Entertainment.

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Press Release Mean Black Mamba: Raw foot stomping roots music – Album launch Friday 11 Oct – Side Street Studios 48 Albert Road Woodstock

Mean Black Mamba: Raw foot stomping roots music that grooves your body and soul. Words of humor and hope sliding between writhing riffs and the insistent thump of a cowhide drum. This is afro swamp gospel, this is blues n’ roll. Gritty & hard hitting, the music winds you off the floor and twists you to your feet. Fresh. Cosmic delta juju. Like its name-snake, mean with a smile on its face.

Born on the southern tip of Africa, Guy Collins has been playing guitar for most of his years. His interest really took off when he was 15 on a warm day. The long distance groove from somewhere in the American south, Howlin’ Wolf on Highway 49, beamed into the living room. African roots, blues, rock ‘n roll. A continual search for an elusive sound.

Mean Black Mamba Album Launch

“James van Minnen can extract a beat from a feather and a shoe if it were asked of him; seated at his drums he appears as a blur of limbs and crashing steel from which infectious rhythms emanate in metronomic waves…he infuses African and Middle Eastern rhythms into songs with hypnotic effect”

Mahala Review (voted in the top 25 artists of 2012 by IMR Magazine)

James van Minnen and Guy Collins have both been in the music scene for years, mostly somewhat under the radar, fuelling the backline in some of the more well-known outfits around.

Mean Black Mamba is the result of infrequent collaborations between these two musicians over the past decade, an unnamed two-piece appearing at house parties, street markets and other events where they have slipped in incognito and blown people away with their rich, gritty and rootsy sound.

Mean Black Mamba

Live, MBM follows the template of roots and rural musicians everywhere:

“Grooves are made for dancing and once people get moving, the music takes it’s own course. There are no rules when we are playing and while we have recorded an album of concise songs, we can stretch them out live and segue them into each other over whatever groove or tempo feels right at the time.

I believe that recording an album is an opportunity to create an art piece that reflects a moment in time and we have done our best to make an album that can stand for itself while imbuing it with the raw essence of our live sound.” – Guy Collins

“Our live shows clearly get people going and I think this has a lot to do with the fact that the music is as fresh to us as it is to the audience, being willing to ride the mamba wherever it chooses to take us.” – James van Minnen

Their much-anticipated “Killer album.” (Tim Lengfeld, Audio Mastering Engineer) will be launched at Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Rd, Woodstock, on October 11th this year where you can experience this and what is guaranteed to be one helluva shindig with some fantastic guest artists and collaborators.

Pre-buy albums, entry and awesome deals via their IndieGogo campaign at

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Table of Peace and Unity, 12 May 2013 | Photos: Mia Feinstein

Artists ready to stun at the Afcon opening – Sowetan LIVE

PROUD: Ringo Madlingozi, Sibongile Khumalo, Siphokazi Mohapi, Sipho Mabuse and Ayanda Nhlangothi are some of the artists to perform at the Africa Cup of Nations at the National Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. PHOTO MOHAU MOFOKENG

PROUD: Ringo Madlingozi, Sibongile Khumalo, Siphokazi Mohapi, Sipho Mabuse and Ayanda Nhlangothi are some of the artists to perform at the Africa Cup of Nations at the National Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. PHOTO MOHAU MOFOKENG

AFRICA’s biggest soccer spectacle, the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), will open with a star studded artist line-up on Saturday.

One of the performers is heavily pregnant afro-pop singer Siphokazi Mohapi who says though she has little knowledge of soccer, she is honoured to be part of the line-up.

“I am going to perform as a soloist and then as part of the group of artists at the end of the opening ceremony. The song is titled Sisebenzela and it was composed by Mam Sibongile Khumalo.

via Artists ready to stun at the Afcon opening – Sowetan LIVE.

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