3 Great shows to see in Oct at Grand Arena Grand West, Comedy, Soul / R&B, Rock all in next 4 weeks

I will be a judge on the WOW Factor on 2nd Oct at Richard’s Supper Stage

The Wow Factor

On the 2nd of October be amazed and cheer on Cape Town’s hidden talent. Watch these young hopefuls become stars as they compete for the prize of R1000 and entry into our Gala event finals, where they win their own show!  You can have some dinner from our Wow Factor menu and sip on our R25 cocktails while the rest of your sense are entertained by this versatile line up of performers. Make a booking to come and see the artists in action by sending a mail to: bookings@richardscapetown.co.za or by phoning 076 1444 809.Only for R50 per person.

If you wish to compete auditions for this round will be on the 27th of September. Simply sign up by emailing: katc@richardscapetown.co.za


Sign up at your college if you attend music school.

You will be contacted for an audition, please bring two songs with either a backtrack or your own accompaniment. Richard’s will provide a piano and a sound system. On being successful you will compete on the “heat-night” and stand the chance to win R1000! In December all the “heat winners” will compete for the GRAND PRIZE of their own show being presented at Richard’s Supper Stage!

GENERATIONS ***** TREVOR JONES AND SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE Collaboration comes from meeting each other at Music Exchange

Generations - Sipho and Trevor at Music Exchange

Generations – Sipho and Trevor at Music Exchange


South African multi-award-winning, orchestral film score composer and conductor Trevor Jones headed home last month to capture a piece of musical magic.

As the longest running soap opera in South African television history, Generations’ creators decided, as part of the shows 20th anniversary celebrations, to invite one of our finest musical exports to write and record an original piece of music for the show.

Locally Trevor Jones’ creations helped make Jozi H great and the likes of Notting Hill, Angel Heart, The Last Of The Mohicans; GI Jane and Around The World In 80 Days box-office hits. His compositional genius is known, respected and called upon the world over. The fact that he took time out to come home and record a piece of music that will welcome in audiences Monday through Friday speaks mountains of his will and want to work and play in his country of birth. “I love a challenge,” Jones says. “Collaborating on a piece of music for a soap opera as successful as Generations meant I had to find a way to do justice to a show that mirrors popular society as well as it does. The music runs in tandem with the energy and aspiration that’s broadcast each weekday.”

From the 26th September 2013 onward a beautifully orchestrated and produced piece of signature music, featuring the legendary musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse on saxophone, will welcome the millions of South Africans who tune in Monday through Friday to get their daily dose of riveting intrigue. Jones and Mabuse met up for the first time earlier this year at the independent music conference Music Exchange. “I knew who Trevor was, and was always in awe of his work, ”Mabuse says. “When we did meet, the prospect and possibility of ever working together suddenly seemed within reach. We just needed to find the right moment.”

With a mere two years between the two musical giants, Mabuse the junior, and Jones senior, the former Soweto-born musician and the latter District Six prodigy have both spent the better part of their lives wowing audiences the world over, away and beyond their township roots. Today the two stand united, collaborators and joint peers equally committed to leaving a lasting impression beyond Generations opening credits.

Jones got the call from Generations’ creator Mfundi Vundla in late July and quickly set to work crafting what will soon become one of the most recognisable refrains to this well-loved and entrenched weekday distraction. “I did it for love,” he says.

Besides spending time with the shows head writer, Bongi Ndaba, and watching clips from the show, Jones wrote, scored and produced a piece of music so compelling that finding the right players to match his vision meant calling in one of South Africa’s finest musicians. “I had been working on a bigger composition with Sipho Mabuse in mind,” he recalls. “So when the opportunity came along to work on the Generations score, inviting him along for the ride made perfect sense. Sipho’s a consummate professional, a wonderful friend, gifted musician and performer. His contribution here is nothing short of inspired!

“This piece of music could not have been created with anyone other than Sipho,” Jones continues. “He has a distinctive way of playing, and you can hear his signature saxophone from the opening bars of the piece.”

With instrumentation and melody that need capture and enthral in no more than 45 seconds, Trevor Jones and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse have delivered a piece of music fitting of the 20-year legacy Generations has created for itself. Now all that’s left is for the ever-evolving plot to unravel around a critical composition that only a man of his calibre can claim.

For more information contact:

Triple M Entertainment

Martin Myers (Manager Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and Trevor Jones)

E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za

Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz 2013 – 24 Aug – Performance time

Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz 2013 –
Bassline Stage
1.    Shane Cooper (Standard Bank Young Artist) 7pm – 8pm 60min set changeover 30mins
2.    Rene Marie 8.30pm – 9.30pm 60min set changeover 30mins
3.    Tsuyoshi Yamamoto 10pm – 11.15pm 75min set changeover 30mins
4.    Sipho Mabuse (Tribute To Zim Ngqwana) 11.45pm – 12.30am 45min set

First Wawela Music Awards give thumbs-up to composers – ALL THE WINNERS

Original music was the big winner at the inaugural Wawela Music Awards on Friday night, at which the shining lights of South African songwriting were celebrated.

On Friday, 28 June 2013, a constellation of the country’s music stars gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre to pay tribute to an elite group of music composers and authors whose work has made a significant impact locally and abroad.

Presented by Gareth Cliff and Azania Mosaka, the event aptly illustrated the power wielded by creators of original, homegrown music as guests were entertained by the eclectic sounds of The Soil, Phuzekhemisi and Koos Kombuis, with one of the highlights of the evening being an electrifying duet between Dorothy Masuku and Nhlanhla Nciza from Mafikizolo.

The isiZulu word “Wawela” means “to go beyond”, and this SAMRO initiative was launched to give credit to local music creators who have achieved excellence in their craft across various platforms, including composing for film, radio and television.

The awards ceremony – the first of its kind in the country dedicated to honouring composers – saw the industry uniting to applaud the leading lights, trailblazers and unsung heroes of the South African music scene.

The Standard Awards were open to SAMRO members, who were required to submit entries accompanied by motivations. The major winner on the night was Kgomotso Mashigo, also known as jazzy-pop songstress Black Porcelain, who walked off with two awards: for Best Creative Album and Best Female Artist and Composer.

The sublime Lira was crowned Songwriter of the Year, while Tumi and the Volume were named South African Best Duo or Group. The multi-talented self-taught musician Daniel Baron took home the trophy for Best Male Artist and Composer.

Other winners were celebrated composer Philip Miller, whose score for the film Leaving Father was voted Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary, and former Via Afrika vocalist René Veldsman, whose music for the Shoprite advert was judged Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial.

Composer and sound designer Gregory Reveret took home the Wawela Music Award for Best Song or Composition in a Television Production, for Loxion Kulca Roots, while Jerry James Barnard bagged top honours for best song or composition in a television commercial for his work on the Bells advert.

The judging panel, comprising respected names drawn from the industry, also handed out a number of Special Awards on the night. Among these were Inaugural Recognition Awards that honoured the immense contribution made by South Africans whose groundbreaking work has enriched the reputation of the local music industry.

The five awards went to Los Angeles-based film and television score composer and production music library pioneer Alan Lazar, who made his name in South Africa as a member of Mango Groove; world-renowned writer, composer and producer Mbongeni Ngema, whose Sarafina! musical took Broadway by storm; keyboard player, composer, producer, and studio and record label owner Sizwe Zako, who has taken local gospel music to dizzying heights; Golden Globe-nominated film music composer Trevor Jones, who went from District Six to the bright lights of Hollywood thanks to his twin passions for cinema and music; and Lebo M, the celebrated singer, songwriter, composer and musician whose music for The Lion King scooped a Grammy.

Jones also scooped the Breaking Through the Borders Award. JB Arthur, a South African Music Award- and Emmy Award-winning composer, musical arranger and producer, was rewarded for his international success with the Statistical Award for Broadcast and Live performances.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the evergreen Dorothy Masuku, a pioneering force in Southern African music who continues to perform, enchant and inspire. And Johnny Clegg, one of the country’s most beloved musical sons who has sown the seeds of South African music around the world while producing work of a consistently high calibre, received the Prolific Catalogue of Works Award.


Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatric documentary:

Philip Miller for Leaving Father

Best song or composition in a television production:

Gregory Reveret for Loxion Kulca Roots

Best song or composition in a television commercial:

Jeramy James Barnard for the Bells commercial

Best song or composition in a radio commercial:

Rene Veldsman for the Shoprite commercial

Best creative album of the year:

Black Porcelain for Invincible Summer

Songwriter of the year:


Best South African duo/group:

Tumi and the Volume

Best female artist & composer/co-composer:

Black Porcelain

Best male artist & composer/co-composer:

Daniel Baron

Statistical Award

JB Arthur

Wawela Inaugural Recognition Awards

– Alan Lazar

– Mbongeni Ngema

– Lebo M

– Trevor Jones

– Sizwe Zako

Breaking Through the Borders Award

Trevor Jones

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award

Johnny Clegg

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dorothy Masuku

For more information on the WAWELA Music Awards:



Twitter: @WawelaMusic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WawelaMusicAwards

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is proud to be hosting the inaugural WAWELA Music Awards, the only awards ceremony in South Africa that rewards music creators for their outstanding international achievements. For further information on SAMRO, please visit www.samro.org.za

SA music comes up trumps at Music Exchange 2013

South African music is entering an exciting era of opportunity and progress as new markets open up for homegrown sounds. This was one of the key messages emerging from the 2013 Music Exchange Conference, which saw industry moguls and musicians congregating at the iconic Cape Town City Hall to talk about the serious business of music.

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

For three days, from 21 to 23 March 2013, the City Hall was abuzz with the sound of music – with a full programme of workshops and panel discussions on making it, marketing it, getting it heard on various platforms and ensuring that it moves with the times.

This independent music conference, now in its third year, attracted hundreds of experts and delegates from across the music spectrum – from composers and publishers to record company executives and media – to share knowledge and ideas, network, perform live showcases and identify opportunities to boost South African music locally, regionally and abroad.

Among the high-profile music creators spotted at the conference were Vicky Sampson, Mynie Grové, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, RJ Benjamin, Chad Saaiman, Jimmy Nevis, Mark Haze, Dub Masta China and Arno Carstens, as well as industry heavyweights such as Universal Music A&R consultant Benjy Mudie, Cape Town Jazz festival founder Rashid Lombard and Rolling Stone SA editor-in-chief Miles Keylock.

The international speakers on the programme included acclaimed house music producer and remixer Charles Webster (UK), music promoter Doug Davenport (USA) and Africori CEO Yoel Kenan (France).

One of the conference’s undisputed highlights was the keynote address by Trevor Jones, moderated by Universal Records managing director Randall Abrahams. Now based in the UK, Jones was born in District Six and is considered one of the top five film score composers in the world, with several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations as well two ASCAP Awards in the bag.

Jones has made an indelible mark on the global entertainment industry, scoring international blockbusters such as Notting Hill, The Last of the Mohicans, Mississippi Burning and The Mighty and working with the likes of U2, Sting, David Bowie, Sinead O’Connor, Britney Spears, Elvis Costello and Charlotte Church.

Jones became overcome with emotion after being given a standing ovation by delegates, who warmly welcomed him back home.

During his inspirational talk, he spoke about the importance of music education and his desire to give something back to South African music industry: “Key to South Africa’s success is hard work and building a positive perception of our country and us a nation,” he said.

Award-winning local singer, songwriter and guitarist Arno Carstens, who spoke at the conference about the song that made him famous, said it was an honour to be part of Music Exchange and it was encouraging and inspiring to see so many enthusiastic people attend and share their experiences and knowledge.

Joining Carstens on the stellar line-up of artists speaking about the song that made them famous, Vicky Sampson acknowledged songwriter Alan Lazar (formerly of Mango Groove, and now a successful composer based in Los Angeles), who wrote African Dream. “I am grateful that Alan gave me the song and did not pass me up for Mango Groove’s Claire Johnston,” Sampson quipped. She spent every minute of the conference absorbing and learning, as well as reconnecting with her mentor Benjy Mudie and her old friend RJ Benjamin.

Versatile singer, composer and teacher Benjamin, who has been invited to be a vocal coach for the upcoming season of Idols and will be composing SABC2’s new signature tune, continuously urged delegates to make use of social media platforms to reach new audiences. Benjamin stood out as one of the speakers to whom delegates were drawn and his presentations proved to be extremely popular.

After the weekend’s proceedings wrapped up, local music legend Hotstix tweeted: “What a conference; what great speakers and delegates – wow!”

Added a delighted Music Exchange founder and board member, Martin Myers: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve received, and the animated conversations on social media platforms about the success of Music Exchange.

“Recording and performing artists, as well as composers and other industry players, have complimented the conference for being relevant, engaging and thought-provoking. There was a strong focus on the business side of music, which elevated this event above a mere talk shop: they left with useful, practical information that will undoubtedly be of immense value in their various professional ventures.”

Visit www.musicexchange.co.za to find out more about next year’s Music Exchange conference, or follow @musicexchange on Twitter.

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of Music Exchange – www.musicexchange.co.za

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse chats Music Exchange 2013


Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse

Bizcommunity recently sat down with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse to talk about Music Exchange 2013 – the conference that’s got tongues wagging and interest piqued within the entertainment industry. With more than 40 years of experience, Mabuse is a treasure trove of knowledge for any aspiring musician.

Bizcommunity: You’ve had continuous involvement with Music Exchange since the inaugural conference in 2009, what is your role in this year’s conference?

Sipho Mabuse: My role is multi-pronged, I serve as a director, I’m a partner, and I spoke in the last two and gave my own personal experiences as a musician. What’s important for us is to formulate direction; I sit in the meetings that we have and we formulate direction, which topics do we deal with, and that’s basically what I do.

Read more at Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse chats Music Exchange 2013.

Music Exchange – South Africa’s 3rd independent music Conference | 21-23 March 2013

Music Exchange – South Africa's 3rd independent music Conference | 21-23 March 2013

Music Exchange – South Africa’s 3rd independent music Conference | 21-23 March 2013


Music Exchange

Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones

With its already stellar line-up, Music Exchange 2013 is proud to announce that the iconic composer Trevor Jones has agreed to deliver the independent music conferences’ keynote address on 21 March 2013 at Cape Town’s City Hall.

“David Bowie, Sting, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Charlotte Church, Britney Spears and Elvis Costello have all worked with him,” event owner and organiser Martin Myers highlights. “It’s a privilege and rare pleasure to be able to welcome a man who has made his mark within the global music and entertainment industry.”

Jones, as a jury member for BAFTA, the Mercury Music Prize and the International Film Festival of Flanders, Ghent, makes him one of the most sought after composers and arrangers. Born and raised in South Africa, Jones left the country, aged 17, to take up a scholarship the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, piano and organ.

Film and television have also benefited from his pioneering work with the fusion of acoustic and electronic mastery over the past four decades. From Excalibur, The Dark Crystal, Runaway Train, Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning, Last of the Mohicans through to In the Name of the Father and Notting Hill, amongst many others – Jones’ scores are the stuff of legend.

Notting Hill Last Of The Mohicans In The Name Of The Father

In another conference coup, Randall Abrahams, Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa & sub-Saharan Africa, will chair and moderate the keynote address.





Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse is more than just a legendary musician; he’s one of South Africa’s musical treasures and a great inspiration to many. After more than 45 years in the music industry, this 63 year old still has the commanding stage presence and vibrancy to make many younger musicians green with envy.

It was a happy crowd, then, who watched this stalwart doing what he does best; giving a sterling performance at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert series last Sunday, accompanied by his young and talented band members, Bongani and Toto on keyboards, Mashaba on guitar, David on bass, Siphiwo on drums, Mpho on trombone as well Thembeka and Nhlanhla on vocals. And to top it off, he also featured some of the Mother city’s rising musicians.

As soon as he stepped onto the stage, Bra Hotstix received a warm Mother City welcome, shot through with a rush of nostalgia as he launched into ‘Welcome Home’, a typical South African jazz track which has elements of Mbaqanga. The song featured Derrick Schippers on vocals and electric guitar, with Bra Hotstix giving an impressive solo with his tenor saxophone. Concert goers were already tapping along in appreciation.


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