LOCKDOWN, SIPHO ‘HOTSTIX” MABUSE AT BAXTER the Review

LOCKDOWN, SIPHO ‘HOTSTIX” MABUSE AT BAXTER
by Robyn Cohen Jun 8, 2020

In October 2018, Sipho ‘Hotstix” Mabuse performed on the Baxter stage, accompanied by Tony Cedras, Roeshdien Jaz, Siphokazi Jonas, Mmino, the South African Youth Choir and other artists.

It was the second time that Mabuse played at the Baxter, during his half a century on the musical boards. We were away – one could be “away” in those days – and missed that sold out concert.

It was on for one night only.

Luckily, for us, we were fortunate to have been present at Spier, in March, 2017, when Mabuse performed with Freshlyground. This was a celebration of Mabuse’s 50th year in the music business. It was magical. Watching Mabuse performing Weeping with Zolani Mahola, Peter Cohen and Freshlyground – well – I have no words.

Still I was gutted that we missed out on the Baxter 2018 concert and was thrilled to find out that the concert had been filmed.

The recording was archived by one if the concert’s producers’ Music Exchange (MEX) and during lockdown, it was edited for live streaming on the Ticketpro Covid-19 platform.

By popular demand, the live stream has been extended until Friday – June 12, 2020.

Don’t miss it. Tickets are R20.

To find out how the stream operates, see article on this site. You cannot navigate away from the link, for example. If you do, you need another ticket Read the preview article for info.

Here is the link: https://thecaperobyn.co.za/live-stream-tickets-sipho-hotstix-mabuse-baxter-2018/

We loved watching the streamed 2018 Baxter concert. I will tell you why.

In addition to being a privilege to be able to see the extraordinary Mabuse and colleagues jamming on stage, the recording is a keepsake of a time when it was possible to gather at the theatre; dance together and rejoice in ‘being there’; being part of a live happening.

I like the fact that the film recording provides views of the audience; the joy of being present.

As with all his concerts, Mabuse’s charisma and warmth is palpable. He chats between sets and constantly gather others into his ambit.

In tandem with Mabuse, in the Baxter concert, we hear Martin Myers [manager and friend of Mabuse, Music Exchange CEO, producer] paying tribute to musical talent of South Africa, He talks about composer Trevor Jones [he has composed the music for blockbuster films like Notting Hill]. Myers talks about Tony Cedras who has played with luminaries like Paul Simon [Cedras was on the Graceland tour].

For me it come across poignantly as Myers urges us to honour our performing artists – in every way – artistically and financially. He is saying – look everyone, Trevor Jones is more appreciated -out of his home country – listen up.

The Baxter concert was staged in 2018 and now as we watch during lockdown in the Covid pandemic, those words resonate, deeply.

Artists have had their income streams decimated by the pandemic and the global lockdowns, quarantines, shelter in place – whatever name one uses – it has been catastrophic – for artists who rely on live gigs to generate income.

In the lockdown interview with Mabuse – read it on TheCapeRobyn – Mabuse notes that he doesn’t have high speed internet at his home in Soweto. Here is this extraordinary man – internationally recognised and in the lockdown, he is not wired to watch his own concert which is being streamed.

There are wonderful moments in this concert. There is that song. Sipho ‘Hotstix” Mabuse’s classic, Burn Out[1984]. “I’ve been watching you; Everyday of my life, mhhh … You gonna burn out all my love…Tonight, I’m gonna hold you till you cry…Hold you till you cry for more.” We watch in lockdown, holding on to – everything.

Roeshdien Jaz takes my breath away when he does his Waterfront song as I call it. Down by the Waterfront [2018] is his tribute to the V&A Waterfront – the vital hub that draws people from our country and from abroad. It is a synthesis of city and sea and embodies the energy of the port city of Cape Town.

The Waterfront was one of the last places that we went to, prior to lockdown. We had an errand to do there. It wasn’t a fun outing. Almost all the restaurants were closed. People were scurrying around, getting ready for lockdown. Many of those are venues which host live music. There was fear, anxiety and confusion. Who knew what was to come? Already, it looked like a ghost town – an abandoned landscape. And there on the Baxter concert stream is Jaz singing his Waterfront song and talking about this wondrous site which brings so many people together. I watch and gasp. I want to be transported back to The Waterfront, with its amphitheatre, crammed with people crushed next to each other, enjoying the beautiful city. I want to be present at a gig in one of the restaurants or watching comedy at The Cape Town Comedy Club.

I wonder which establishments will survive the lockdown. Who knows if artists will be able to perform live at The Waterfront – by the time summer 2020 arrives. I hope so

Watching the live stream of the Mabuse 2018 concert is not only about the opportunity to see an acclaimed concert via a live stream but it is also an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the creative talents of Sipho ‘Hotstix” Mabuse, Tony Cedras and others.

Buy a ticket at R20.
When theatres are open, go and watch them live. The motto of my website: Go while you can.That was put into place, way before the pandemic. You never know when you will not be able to go, is what I always said. And continue to say. In the pre pandemic says, people would tell me that they had every intention of going to an event but something came up. Or they were tired. Or they got diverted by something else. Or they forgot. Or whatever.

Now, we cannot go. We cannot commune in a theatre; at a live music event. On the other hand, we can experience the magic of the 2018 concert through a superbly filmed film recording. It is as if one is there. We ARE now here in lockdown. That is a moment to mark as well- in its pain and isolation and ache of being disconnected from others. Hopefully we will be back in theatres, watching Sipho ‘Hotstix” Mabuse and friends and we will say: “Just think, a year ago we watched the live stream at home and now we are back and the music is on the burn and everything is okay. That is all in the past.”

Don’t say after lockdown –“oh no I missed the livestream of the concert. I meant to watch it but I didn’t.” Could have. Should have. Didn’t. Go while you can. Stream it while you can.

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE, ALONG WITH TONY CEDRAS AND FRIENDS, RETURNS LIVE DURING LOCKDOW N!

After an absence of more than 30 years, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band, including Paul Simon friend and respected muso Tony Cedras, returned to Cape Town and The Baxter Theatre on Friday 25 October 2018, for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Fortunately for us all, this sell-out concert was captured on film, and commencing Friday, 29 May 2020, for ONE WEEK ONLY, this two-hour celebration of classic music, new voices and extraordinary light and sound production, will enjoy a new lease on life for a fleeting seven days.

Shop link – https://tickets.heroticket.co.za/thero/shops/0b7a8ec

Thanks to the power of digital collaboration with TicketPro, Music Exchange (MEX) , the original producers of the show, have teamed up in 2020, during the height of the current COVID-19 lockdown, to present this very rare and special moment in time for the very first time online.

All proceeds from kind donations received over the seven days will go towards supporting the artists and crew who set the night alight.

The Baxter Theatre, equally compromised by COVID-19 reality, will also benefit with a percentage of the proceeds going towards their solidarity efforts in keeping their critical precinct alive now and well into the future.

Sipho’s long-overdue Mother City return was a night worth capturing in time, if only because the new (Siphokazi Jonas, Roeshdien Jaz, The South African National Youth Choir and Mmino) and the tried-and-tested powerhouse that is “Hotstix” delivered a one-of-a-kind performance that’s finally being repeated!

WORLD’S PREMIER ABBA TRIBUTE EXPERIENCE, THE ABBA SHOW, SET TO DAZZLE CAPE TOWN AUDIENCES IN EAR LY 2020

The ABBA Show @ Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World – 18 January 2020

Presented by Showtime Australia

Dancing Queens and Super Troupers are you ready to Gimme Gimme Gimme?

Get ready for an epic singalong when the world`s premier live ABBA tribute, The ABBA Show, returns to Cape Town, 18 January 2020, for a much anticipated one-night-only performance at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World.

As one of Showtime Australia’s most enduring and successful shows, with devoted and ostentatious fans all over the world, tickets are already selling well and producers are expecting a huge, lively crowd to turn up and set the dancefloor alight!

While Abba’s legend lives on, with over 600 million records sold, and hit after hit of dance floor classics, The ABBA Show, is far from being just another cover band – it’s a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of your favourite ABBA tunes performed live with a backing band, dancing, replica costumes and theatrical lighting and effects, giving fans all the ABBA nostalgia they can handle, plus a highly fun and entertaining night out in its own right.

The internationally acclaimed starring cast of the show has put in countless hours to achieve the attention to detail that the show is famous for. With superb harmonies, great musicianship plus all the little details like dance moves, accents and mannerisms, The ABBA Show transcends the conventions of ‘tribute shows’ and enters a unique realm of authentic and professional recreation.

Brits Hannah Pocock as Agnetha and Jenna Ball as Frida are set to dazzle audiences while Johannesburg’s André Behnke and Australian Zac Coombs will take on the roles of Bjorn and Benny.

Showtime Australia Director and Producer, Johnny Van Grinsven, believes the show is a “must-see” for all ages, especially die-hard ABBA fans.

“ABBAsolutely fABBAulous has been all around the world averaging 200 shows a year for the past 17 years! Throughout the course of the production, the audience is led through a magical journey detailing the rise of Abba, and we guarantee you will be on your feet for most of the evening,” he says.

Featuring classic songs such as Waterloo, SOS, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Money, Knowing Me Knowing You and many more, The Abba Show promises to be the must-see event of the New Year.

So, grab your platforms and sequins and let this fun, fast-paced and hugely interactive tribute stage show take you back to a time when glitz and ABBA ruled!

Tickets for this spectacular show can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced between R180 and R380 each.

For further details about the show, visit: www.facebook.com/theabbashow as well as the show’s official website at www.theabbashow.com.au

Showtime Australia
Showtime Australia is the keystone business in Johnny Van Grinsven’s group of international entertainment companies which specialize in the production, promotion and touring of tribute shows. With more than 10 000 performances on the books and eight marquee shows currently touring the globe, Showtime Australia is the premier name in tribute entertainment.

Springbok Trophy Tour – Cape Town Route for Monday 11 November

Springbok Trophy Tour – Cape Town Route for Monday

The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in Cape Town on Monday 11 Nov 2019

The route plan for Cape Town is as follows (all time approximate):

  • 10h30: Tour starts at City Hall and bus departs along Darling Street
  • Left onto Adderley Street
  • Right onto Wale Street
  • Left onto Long Street
  • Right onto Buitensingel
  • Right onto Loop Street
  • Right onto Strand Street
  • Left onto Adderley Street
  • Right onto Hertzog Boulevard onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard
  • 13h00: Second leg via N2 to Langa, Belhar and Elsies River
  • 13h30: Take Bhunga Avenue offramp
  • Right onto Washington Drive towards Jakes Gerwel and right towards N2
  • 14h30: Depart for Belhar via N2 and R300 onto Stellenbosch Arterial
  • Right onto Symphony Way into Robert Sobukwe
  • 15h15: Left onto De la Rey Street through Ravensmead
  • Left onto Francie van Zijl Drive towards Uitsig and Elsies River
  • Left onto Jakes Gerwel onto the N2 and back to the hotel (arrival approximately 17h00)

Please note: The actual bus trip is for filming purposes only and that no media will be allowed on the bus, however, you are free to position yourself along the route for footage.

#WeAreDyingHere Siphokazi Jonas returns to Artscape on 30 November and 1 December 2019.

Highly respected and much-applauded producer, playwright, performer and UCT Masters graduate, Siphokazi Jonas returns to Artscape with a brand-new poetry and music production, #WeAreDyingHere, on 30 November and 1 December 2019.
#WeAreDyingHere is three women’s responses to the prevalence of the violent culture of harassment, abuse, rape and femicide in South Africa.

“We want to put out a challenge to ourselves and all members of society to reimagine a more hopeful future where the most vulnerable are not overwhelmed by fear,” Jonas says of her latest deeply personal and considered production.

The show also asks how we can continue these conversations, not just during 16 Days of Activism but 365-days-a-year which is how we experience violence in our country. “The show is an indaba,” she shares. “Audiences will have 90 minutes to respond and imagine together, all within a very personal setting. The venue is intimate (90 people) and not within a traditional theatre, allowing for a flatter structure with semi-circular seating.

#WeAreDyingHere draws on many local and global traditions of storytelling by decreasing the distance between performer and audience, all while flattening hierarchies. “I am really tired of feeling helpless and afraid as a woman in South Africa,” Jonas insists. “Before work began on realising #WeAreDyingHere, I felt as if art has no real place in terms of true change in the world; a poem is not going to change murderous intent. A fellow writer reminded me that our work gives us language and helps us to articulate ourselves. That’s what we hope #WeAreDyingHere will illicit.”
All three-cast members co-wrote the work; Siphokazi Jonas, along with Venda-born storyteller Hope Netshivhambe and vocalist Babalwa Makwetu.
Hope has performed her poetry at The State Theatre (Pretoria), the Market Theatre (Johannesburg), and has been part of the first ever-national Fresh Poetry Tour. She recently took third place at the Tshwane Speak Out Loud poetry competition for the 2018/2019 edition.

Babalwa Makwetu, who was also part of the cast of Jonas’ Around the Fire 2018, is a 2017 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards nominee for Best Supporting Actress. She is both an actress and a musician; currently she is a part-time music teacher at Magnet Theatre where she studied Physical Theatre and a number of other disciplines. Babalwa has toured locally and internationally, including Italy, Switzerland and the USA. She will also be releasing her debut single, “Vuma”, this year.

#WeAreDyingHere is an important work in speaking back, speaking against, and leading the conversation, which need to be had within our communities.

“When we got together as the creators of this work, we weren’t even sure what needs to be said,” Jonas recalls. “We were trying to figure out how to articulate our rage, but we also wanted to challenge ourselves to write from a position of autonomy and strength. Through this show we grapple with the idea of hope in such seemingly hopeless conditions.”

“We hope that we will see a lot of men in attendance and in conversation,” she concludes. “I cannot stress this enough. We need people eager to challenge norms within their circles and who are willing to be accountable.”

We’re also taking the hashtag conversation offline. If you are looking for a moment to breathe in the chaos – to be encouraged, to speak and listen to different communities – this is for you!
Important to note is that although the title of the show is #WeAreDyingHere, the trio want to leave everyone with an overwhelming sense of just how much we want to live: to thrive, fearlessly, and as freely as possible.

Jonas intends taking #WeAreDyingHere on tour in 2020, in order that these indabas/conversations can be sparked in as many spaces as possible; from schools, churches, offices to many traditional and non-traditional performance spaces.

#WeAreDyingHere will also be performed in Johannesburg at a latter date .

Tickets for #WeAreDyingHere are available from Quicket https://qkt.io/EGevUy

Sifiso Nene the comedian is at the Baxter in Cape Town on Saturday after the Rugby World Cup final

One of SA’s most loved comedians, Sifiso Nene, is headed to Cape Town on Saturday to debut a one-night only performance of his newest funny showcase, I HAVE NO CHOICE, which promises to leave audiences in stitches.

The Kwazulu-Natal-born stand-up comedian, actor and MC, is set to charm The Mother City comedy audiences at The Baxter Theatre on Saturday 2 November 2019, with his infectious humour and relatable jokes.

I caught up with him yesterday

When are you happiest?
I am super happy when I’m on stage.

What does comedy mean to you?

Comedy is my life. I don’t have words that can describe it better than that

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work ?

That I heal people through laughter. People are going through the most in life. It is always nice to hear people talk of the impact that comedy makes in their lifestival.

Are you Famous ?

I wouldn’t really say famous famous. But most people who are interested in the comedy industry do know me.

What do you think of Influencers ?

I think that it’s their time to shine and they should take advantage of this opportunity.

What drives you…. Ego or Humility?

Obviously humility

Give me a short joke with a punchline ?

You are cute

Your heroes?

Trevor Noah, David Kau, Riaad Mooser

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Trevor Noah. Do I really need to say why?

What is your most treasured possession?

My comedy gift

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Passion fruit and lemonade

Dream gig to do?

Montreal Comedy Festival

What makes you stand out?

My background informs my content. So that makes me stand out

Nicknames?

No nickname

If you were not a funny fellow what would you do?

I’d probably be in theatre

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Funny, observant, adventurous,introvert,smart

5 Favourite comedians of all time ?

1. Chris Rock
2.Dave Chappell
3. Trevor Noah
4.Riad Mooser
5.David Kau

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Joker

What changed your life?

Discovering my COMEDY gift

Who do you love?

Peace

What is your favorite word?

Money and the Bokke must win the Rugby World Cup 2019

Heinrich Frans and his band at Radisson Red this Saturday 12 Oct

The fantastic Heinrich Frans and his 4 piece band will be at Radisson Red this Saturday night 12 October 2019
Soul and beautiful jazz melodies will be on offer

Book Quicket or the door

see poster for details

PUBLIC FORUM and arts program: Re-Thinking Heritage, the Arts and the Museum in South Africa

PUBLIC FORUM and arts program: Re-Thinking Heritage, the Arts and the Museum in South Africa

Thursday 26 September 2019

Location: The South African Sendigsgestig Museum, 40 Long Street Cape Town

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

In celebration of Heritage Month, Heritage day on 24th September and the South African tradition of critical public engagement, the South African Cultural Policy Network (SACPN) in collaboration with the South African Slave Church Museum and a selection of local artists invites you to an evening event and panel discussion on Re-Thinking Heritage, the Arts and the Museum in South Africa.

Our venue on the evening, a critically important one in both South African and global history, is a place deserving of respect and serious reflection. In honour of the painful stories and memories preserved there, it being national Heritage month and this year marking the 400th anniversary of the Atlantic Slave Trade, we have curated a short programme of select performances for before and after the evening’s discussion:

18:00 Greeting & Intro Performance

18:30 Public Forum

19:55 Closing Performance

PUBLIC FORUM

We frame this mediated public forum first in a national context: how do we think, practice, perform and live out our understanding of art, culture and heritage in South Africa? In the words of one of our panelists ‘what is the sociological role of the museum in building a socially cohesive society? How does it unshackle itself from its founding ethos as a colonial instrument?’ (Kasibe, 2017). How might the arts play a role in rethinking the museum and questions around heritage?

We also look at the global context, in which the longstanding debate around whether museums can be ideologically neutral, around the recognition of the museums’ violent and imperial origins and around the 21st Century museums’ social, political and cultural value is gaining increased momentum on various platforms. Should the museums’ core mission be the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage, or should it be the use of cultural heritage to promote human dignity, social justice, global equality, and planetary well-being? What does this mean in practice?

We have invited four panelists who are invested practically and intellectually in the field of museums, heritage, art and public culture to share their views with us, after which we invite debate and contribution from you. Please join our discussion with:

  • Wandile Kasibe is a PhD candidate in Sociology, UCT, a Chevening scholar and museologist with international training. His research focuses on ‘The Intersection between Museums and the Construction of Race Ideologies in South Africa’.
  • Siona O’Connell is an African Studies scholar, curator and film maker at the University of Pretoria.
  • Steven Sack works as an independent consultant in the area of arts, museums and cultural policy. He was most recently the CEO of the Origins Centre, University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Masa Soko is the museum manager of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, qualified in museum and heritage studies and Heritage Ambassador for the District Six and Lwandle Museums.

Entrance is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP to sophiaroso to confirm attendance no later than Wednesday 25 September.

Worth getting this book from Wordsworth Stores or Bay Books Hout Bay

Worth getting this book by Barry Varkel

Very funny and this review by Raymond Alexander below is an honest reflection of the book Goy Vey -A Gentile’s Guide to Judaism

Do try and get the book and have a good old laugh at people in South Africa

Chad Alexander to appear alongside RJ Benjamin this Saturday at the Radisson Red from 8pm at V & A Waterfront

Chad Alexander who will help his long time friend RJ Benjamin put together an evening of neo soul and R&B at Radisson Red on Saturday 4th May 2019

Chad has an impressive body of work having worked with artists including RJ Benjamin, Ziyon, Donald ProVerb, Bongi Mavuyana Zola 7 Pebbles Nothende, Kabelo & Zwai Bala (TKZee)

I spoke to him last week :

When are you happiest?

To be honest, I’m happiest on stage making music and performing to people.

What does music mean to you?

Music has become my life. One can say music is life, but it’s the one thing that has taught me so much about people and about myself.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

The fact that I can work with amazing musicians and artists and be creative in the music industry. So in essence, music is all about people, and what I love basically is that I can work with people, create something beautiful… and create lasting friendships and lasting business relationships.

What drives you…? Ego or Humility?

Definitely humility. I was raised in a home with a verse that has been our daily bread over the years that says… “Whoever exalts (praises) himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be raised to honor Matthew 23:12

Any funny moments on stage?

One time I set my keyboard up with its stand… and while playing, the keyboard stand gave in and the keyboard and the stand fell directly onto the top of me feet and there was absolutely no way I could be cool about it…

Your heroes?

I know its going to sound cheesy, but by far… my mother, Philanthea Alexander… a single mother who successfully raised her three sons. She always put us first and who was my practical example of what true sacrifice and dedication is all about. She passed on… 21 June 2016, and everything I am today and what I’ve achieved is because of her dedication to me as a mother and loving mom who sacrificed everything so I could succeed in life.

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Ryan Leslie… he’s an international musician and artist, producer and business mogul who silently and sometimes quite prominently goes about his business of making great music despite the lack of attention and spot light from the general music industry. I admire the work ethic and the fact that he functions on a Dymaxian sleep pattern, where he sleeps for 3hrs everyday with one 30 minute nap… which I find pretty incredible.

What is your most treasured possession?

This is a super tough question… because I have a few. Most people would think I would say my piano because I’m a pianist, but I’m going to have to go with my Yamaha Steel String Silent Guitar.

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Well Martin as you know…I don’t drink at all. Never gone down that road. So if it were my round, I would proudly scream PASSION FRUIT AND LEMONADE ON ME!!!!!

Dream gig to do?

To perform with my favorite band of all time… FourPlay

What makes you stand out?

I would have to say my white Roland FP4 Electric Piano I’ve been playing on for around 12 years now. It has become apart of my brand as a musician. I would also say that I’ve worked very hard on developing my own sound as a musician, pianist, guitarist, bassist, producer etc. So basically I don’t sound like anyone you’ll ever come across, at least I hope so!

Nicknames?

Over my 10-12 year career, the people have given me the name The Chad… I think it has something to do with the movie Charlie’s Angels.

If you were not a musician what would you do?

I would do a few things, open up a restaurant, be a photographer. I also wanted to be an artist (as in painter) or a cartoonist.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Complex. Funny. Spiritual. Caring. Reliable

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Nacho Libre…. without a doubt!

What song changed your life?

A Quiet Place- written by Ralph Carmichael and performed by Take 6….

Who do you love?

Not sure who this refers to but I’m going to go with…My Family and friends

What is your favorite word?

Enigma

Favorite Fashion Garment

I’m torn between a good blazer and a good pair of Levi Jeans

Give us some real proper slang and what it means

“Awe Ma Se Kind”- indirect translation would be “Hey there, mothers child” but the correct colloquial laments interpretation, means…”Hey there, brother/sister from another mother”

Top of your bucket list?

Always wanted to stay in Beijing for one year.

Your greatest achievement?

Musically directing two seasons of a television music show called Stripped Down on Channel O and Vuzu on DSTV

What do you complain about most often?

Poor Service in South Africa…

What is your fear?

Being left out at sea or dropped in the middle of the Amazon jungle.

Happiness is?

A simple comfortable life spent doing what you love with people you love.

On stage I tend to?

Zone out and I become another version of myself most people don’t get to encounter.

If you are walking on stage for a keynote speech alla Barak Obama what song would you use and why?

Ah Yeah by Robert Glasper featuring Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele. Why…firstly it has three of my favorite artists in it and it’s just a smooth sexy track…

The best life lesson you have been taught

As I said earlier… “Whoever exalts (praises) himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be raised to honor Matthew 23:12.

Where would you like to be right now?

Beijing

Book at Quicket or the door

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