SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE AND TONY CEDRAS, LIVE! this Friday 26th October

After an absence of more than 30 years, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band, including Paul Simon friend and respected muso Tony Cedras, will ignite the stage at this weekend’s 30-years-in-the-making, once-off, night at The Baxter!
Tony Cedras, one of Cape Town’s rarely celebrated living legends, will be on stage come Friday 26 October, alongside his long-time friend and peer, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.

 

Tony, along with a host of other great talent will take to the stage at The Baxter Theatre in support of Sipho’s much-anticipated Cape Town show.

 

Accomplished Elsie’s River-born accordion, harmonium, keyboard and guitar player, Tony’s discography is eye-wateringly impressive. Think Winston Mankuku, Robbie Jansen, Basil Moses, amongst others, and know that Tony’s magic has imbued and travelled right around the world over the past 40 years. From living in London, to touring the world with Paul Simon, his musical palate and field of reference is vast, beyond!

 

Sipho’s long-overdue Mother City return is set to be a night worth capturing in time, if only because the new (Siphokazi Jonas, Roshdien Jaz and Mmino) and the tried-and-tested powerhouse that’s “Hotstix” will all deliver a one-of-a-kind performance on the night. “Sipho and I share a crisscross frame of references and we’re entirely connected each time we perform together,” Tony shares. “The magic will happen in the room, on the night. That excites me, as it should the fans who’ll be coming out to share in Sipho’s return to Cape Town.”

 

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Presenting music that rose above the politics of yesteryear, Tony and Sipho’s talent and influence that has actively fed a cultural curiosity, will be on display when these two greats grace the stage together. “I need to be inspired,” Tony explains. “Where better than The Baxter to celebrate “Hotstix” in full flight?”

“If you weren’t there 30-years-ago, now’s your chance,” Sipho teases. “We’ll be doing be delivering some riveting performances.” Promoted as an intimate experience, this show is going to be special. “I’m as excited for the audience to see and hear some of the new talent too,” Sipho says. “We’ll share the stage, not have it divided.” Always motivating and inspiring young talent, “Hotstix” is the silent ambassador giving future generations an opportunity and voice in a space where they would otherwise be mute. “Once you have a gift, share it,” he insists. “Share the gift. Pass it on. For me, it is very important that these young musicians and wordsmiths take the baton and run with it.”

“Hotstix” has actively influenced and help shape the South African popular music songbook over the past 50 years. Those lucky enough to have secured a ticket to this show will get to enjoy it all, played out in rare live performance. “We’ll be bringing a narrative many people don’t realise. It’s so important in entrenching belief in ourselves of what we make here, at home. Tony and I are living proof of that with the music we’ve made and continue to invest in. “Tony’s talent is beyond belief!” Sipho asserts. “Fans will see that on the night. I’m excited for us all!” the “Burn Out” and “Shikisha” hitmaker concludes. “The Baxter holds fond memories for me. We intend honouring the iconic venue with a stunning one-night show, playing all the hits and throwing in a few surprises along the way too.”

 

Tickets cost R200 each and the show will run for 90 minutes, with no interval. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought at The Baxter ticket office or online at webtickets.co.za

STRANGE LOVING release – a rework of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse’s classic Burnout out now on ITUNES

STRANGE LOVING and Gallo Record Company have released a brand new single – a rework of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse’s classic ‘Burnout’ which became the first major crossover hit in South Africa in 1984 selling more than 500 000 copies.

A spur of the moment idea, sparked by a friend who thought it would be a great idea to revive an old classic from the past, STRANGE LOVING was inspired by the 90s Daft Punk method of production to rework this 80s release into a silky offering with a hint of seduction.

Sipho remarked that he was delighted with the reworking of the track by these young artists and that it keeps to the integrity of the original song

Re-editing the track by using the exact sampling from the original record seeing as the separates from the original over 30 years back couldn’t be provided by the label, STRANGE LOVING added some fresh percussion and hats as well as their signature bassline which shines through in the end result.

Buy / Stream BURNOUT, the Sipho Hotstix Mabuse VS Strange Loving version, here!

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