Sipho Mabuse on the The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 80th Birthday Edition Saturday 9 November 2019 at The Soweto Theatre Precinct

Assupol & SEMOPA Entertainment present:

The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 80th Birthday Edition

Saturday 9 November 2019 at The Soweto Theatre Precinct

“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are, and this Festival remains a great showcase of our traditional and modern musical talents. It’s always a great party!” – Hugh Masekela

This 80th Birthday Edition of The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is an enhanced mirror of past festivals while keeping with Bra Hugh’s eclectic and broad vision of South African and African culture, music and heritage, which has always been at the heart of this festival.

This fifth instalment is a significant and important juncture in the life of the festival. The first since Bra Hugh’s passing, held in what would have been his 80th year, as well as debuting at the historic Soweto Theatre Amphitheatre, the festival continues to evolve as a magnet for diverse South African performers and audiences.

At this year’s festival Thandiswa Mazwai will pay tribute to her friend and mentor Hugh Masekela with selections from his lesser-known repertoire, accompanied by the Hugh Masekela Band. In addition, the festival will feature Sjava, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Madala Kunene, Thabang Tabane, Bombshelter Beast, Sun Xa Experiment, Luma and the BaTswana dance ensemble New Moon.

Festival organizer Mabusha Masekela, “This year’s centrepiece is a specially curated presentation of Hugh’s 6 decade-long musical output featuring the unique talents of Thandiswa Mazwai and Bra Hugh’s last touring band. With a nod to the obvious impossibility of this proposition, the aim is to get a taste of Hugh’s variety, while still anchored in his roots. The combination promises to be inspirational.”

In addition to inaugurating the brand-new Soweto Theatre Amphitheatre the festival will offer a family ambiance with a children’s area, a variety of food and drink, as well as arts & crafts for sale. Complementing this overall atmosphere, inside the Soweto Theatre will be the Hugh Masekela NO BORDERS Tribute Installation. The installation features memorabilia, records, recordings, trumpets and photographs of a life, loved and lived.

Presented by Assupol and Semopa Entertainment, The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival will mark a high point of this year of celebratory events, reflecting Bra Hugh’s final and lasting commitment to African heritage, tradition and identity. The festival is envisioned as a platform to grow and promote heritage and culture to and through a cross-generational, cross-cultural audience with a stage that represents ALL the diversity of South Africa, the continent, and indeed, the globe.

“The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is a worthy celebration of the legacy of the iconic African giant, Bra Hugh. The Boy Is Still Doing It and Grazing!” – Sipho “Hostix” Mabuse

“Assupol has been serving the hard-working people of South Africa with financial products and services, for 106 years. As a proudly South African company with a rich heritage of serving those who serve, we are pleased to support the promotion of heritage, through music and culture at the 80th birthday edition of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival.” – Velmah Nzembela; Head of Brand and Communications, Assupol

For Thandiswa Mazwai it will be bittersweet. “I obviously love Bra Hugh’s music, but I’m very sad that he is no longer with us. I am afraid I might cry on stage. I have been a huge fan of Hughey since I was 14. My fist performance with him was with my high school choir. Our friendship was one of the most important relationships of my life, nothing could prepare me for doing Hughey’s music without him, so this is a very special show for me.”

Drummer in the Hugh Masekela band, Leeroy Sauls, notes how important this festival is in keeping Bra Hugh’s legacy alive: “I remember us walking to a soundcheck at Carnegie Hall in New York and him telling me ‘If we don’t preserve our heritage and keep our traditions and culture alive, they will say we were once called African!’ Unity in diversity is what he believed in. He was a man of integrity and a firm believer in Ubuntu, we miss you Dr Hugh!”

Date: Saturday 9 November 2019

Venue: The Soweto Theatre Precinct,

Corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto

Gates Open: 12 noon

Ticket Prices: R200 pre-sale

R250 at the Gate

R50 for Pensioners at the Gate

Free for Children under 6

Tickets Online: www.xtixs.com

Ticket Outlets: Selected SPAR, Jet, Edgars, and CNA stores via TicketPro

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE & TONY CEDRAS @ Soweto Theatre this weekend 31 MAY &1 JUNE

After an absence of more than 15 years, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band, including Paul Simon friend and respected muso Tony Cedras, will ignite the stage at this weekend’s 2 night stand at the Soweto Theatre

Tony Cedras, one of South Africa’s rarely celebrated living legends, will be on stage come Friday 31 May and 1 June , alongside his long-time friend and peer, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.

Tony, along with a host of other great talent including ,Billy Monama, Gloria Bosman, Jude Harpstar, Neo Motsatse, Amazing Voices ,Poorvi Bhana, Ashish Joshi will take to the stage at The Soweto Theatre in support of Sipho’s much-anticipated Soweto 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

Sipho’s long-overdue Soweto Theatre return is set to be a night worth capturing in time, “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 his spiritual home Soweto .”

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 Soweto Theatre to celebrate “Hotstix” in full flight?”

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. Soweto is home for me and holds fond memories for me. We intend honouring the iconic venue with a stunning two -night show, playing all the hits and throwing in a few surprises along the way too.”

Tickets cost from R180 to R550.00 each and the show will run for 90 minutes, with no interval.

Tickets are on sale now and can be bought at The Soweto Theatre ticket office or online at webtickets.co.za

acclaimed South African Youth Choir (SAYC) to perform with Hotstix Mabuse at the Baxter on Friday 26th October

The internationally acclaimed South African Youth Choir (SAYC) is one of the most exciting choral projects in the world today.

Since its inception in 2005, the choir has showcased its vast abilities on both local and international platforms entertaining a variety of audiences across the globe.

The Choir has positioned itself as one of the most sought-after performance choirs in South African and regularly performs and records with various local and international artists.

The Choir currently consists of 54 high school learners and students between the ages of 13 – 25 years from all over South Africa representing the diverse culture of the country.

The SAYC is a celebration of unity within cultural diversity.

Featuring on the concert this Friday at the Baxter is the 14 piece ensemble that have just returned from a whirlwind tour of the US performing in New York and Washington.

The bill also includes Tony Cedras ,Mmino, Siphokazi Jonas ,Roeshdien Jaz and Sipho’s band commonly know as the Hotband

Book at web tickets

Here I Am about P J Powers written by Marianne Thamm

Looking forward to attending the book launch next week in Cape Town at the Book Lounge .The book is written by my friend Marianne Thamm

“You have made a tremendous impact both on and off the stage, and you are one of those young people on whom the country pins so much hope.” – Nelson Mandela to PJ Powers, 1989

More than just a story about the personal journey of one of South Africa’s most beloved music icons, this extraordinary memoir of PJ Powers – or Thandeka, as she was affectionately renamed by Soweto crowds – is set against the turbulent backdrop of South Africa’s recent political history. It features a gallery of political leaders and international celebrities, including the likes of Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, Chris Hani, Joaquim Chissano, Queen Elizabeth II, Brenda Fassie,Sipho” Hotstix” Mabuse

On Republic Day 1982, a white rock and roll band called Hotline, wearing stonewashed jeans and sporting big hair, took an accidental sho’t left into Soweto – a detour that forever changed the life of their lead singer, PJ Powers. Hotline was the first all-white rock and roll band to ‘cross over’ into highly segregated apartheid South Africa, making international headlines in the process. The prolific Powers went on to accomplish extraordinary heights as a solo artist with countless gold and platinum discs.

Here I Am, written with Marianne Thamm, is an intimate and hilarious account of the life and times of one of this country’s most recognisable and enduring performers. From the dizzying heights of international stardom to the dark depths of her struggle with alcohol, this is a must-read to explore the heady mix of politics and music of the time.

Bernice Boikanyo takes the stage at the Joburg “Civic” Theatre on Monday June 16

Bernice Boikanyo is set to thrill  music lovers once again when he takes the stage at the Joburg “Civic” Theatre on Monday June 16 to commemorate the Youth Day,hence the “LOVE UPRISING CONCERT” as he explains it.

Bernice is fresh  from a series of concerts in Los Angeles, New York and around S.A – which included a gig with South Africas saxophonists Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at Liliesleaf in Rivonia for 50th commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s “I AM PREPARED TO DIE” speech and the musical “ANTHEMS OF DEMOCRACY” that took place in Joburg Theater last month in Mandela Theater, which was celebrated by amongst others including   Bright Blue,Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Sipho Mabuse, Joan Armatrading .

 

In 1976 the youth of South Africa uprised against the enforcement of AFRIKAANS by the apartheid regime.

 

Today Bernice is celebrating this day by encouraging South Africans to love and embrace each other instead of accusing one another by racial believes or colour of their skin.

 

“For me it is going to be a particularly special moment because I will be performing in a place that in 1976 a black artists/musicians wouldn’t be allowed to be in adds Bernice.

 

One of the country’s talented and entertaining drummers, Boikanyo has graced international stages and played alongside world-class musicians – notably Edmund “Ed” Thigpen, a veteran American jazz drummer well-known for his involvement in the Oscar Peterson Trio; and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, twice Grammy winner known for his stellar works with jazz giants like Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.

Bernice Boikanyo

Bernice Boikanyo

 

 

He has also played with drummer/percussionist Tutty Moreno, an important figure in Brazilian popular music. On the local front, Boikanyo has pitted his skills against notable figures such as Tlale Makhene, Sylvester Mazinyane, Prince Lengoasa, Bheki Khoza, Jimmy Dludlu, Sipho Mabuse, McCoy Mrubata, with whom he recorded that amazing collaboration album, Brasskap Sessions – Volume One, and Vusi Khumalo, his mentor. He was a core member of the Ringo Madlingozi band.

 

“For this gig, music lovers should expect songs from my debut album, My Soul as well as new material for my forthcoming release. Fans should be thrilled by his regular line-up of young talents such as Sakhile Nkosi (bass), Mongezi Conjwa (piano), Percy Mbonani (sax). Boikanyo will be performing at the Jorburg/Civic Theatre for the first time as a leader, but remarkably his been performing in other places including the Soweto Theater in 2013 a stunning show that was put together by his company “Boikanyo Music Productions.

 

Born in a musical family in Soweto, Bernice’s love for music was evident from an early age when he started singing in a boys’ choir at primary school. He took formal lessons at several institutions, notably FUBA Music Academy in Joburg and Funda Art Centre, Soweto.

 

The Joburg Theatre show promises to be a great symbolic of love uprising. Doors open at 7pm. The show starts at 8pm.

 

for more info contact Razia Myers  –Razia@triplementertainment.co.za

Sipho Mabuse pays homage to Zim Ngqawana at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Aug 22 -24th

Hotstix

Hotstix

South African jazz giant Abdullah Ibrahim joins Grammy Award winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard and celebrated pianist Ahmad Jamal at the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, which runs in Newtown from August 22 to 24.

 

In 2013 the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz once again reinforces its status as South Africa’s premier jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to a stellar line-up of musicians from around the globe.

 

These  include American Carmen Lundy, an enduring artist in a jazz vocal tradition that stretches all the way back to Billie Holiday; acclaimed “Big Chief” of the sax Donald Harrison who will be performing with his nephew the acclaimed New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott as well as South African trumpeter Lwanda Gogwana; Grammy Award winning tenor saxophonist Eddie Daniels; Japanese jazz pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and American saxophonist Tia Fuller who was a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé.

 

Also on the bill, which features more than 50 artists, is Dennis Edwards, a former lead singer for the Motown act The Temptations who will be appearing in The Temptations Review which features Paul Williams Jnr, son of original Temptations member Paul Williams; Peter White from the UK who first gained fame with his distinctive guitar style as accompanist to Al Stewart and played on Stewart’s landmark Year of the Cat album; Argentina’s Tango String Quartet; the DRC’s Ray Lema; US vocalist René Marie; Cape Verde’s Marie de Barros and Lenora Raphael from the US.
The South African contingent includes  Ray Phiri and Stimela; Mlungisi Gegana who will be paying tribute to the late South African jazz double bassist and pianist Johnny Dyani; Sipho Mabuse who pays homage to Zim Ngqawana; Sibongile Mngoma (a former Standard Bank Young Artist) who will release an album in June this year in which classical meets jazz; Afrotraction; Kabomo, Selaelo Selota, Mbuso Khoza, Ivan Mazuze, Jeff Maluleke and Themba Mkhize.

 

From his roots growing up in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South African composer and keyboardist Adam Glasser is now recognised as one of the world’s leading jazz harmonica players. Glasser has put together a unique jazz collaboration for Standard Bank Joy of Jazz combining musicians he has played with in both the UK and South Africa including Australia’s Carl Orr, South Africa’s Concord Nkabinde (former Standard Bank Young Artist winner for jazz) and Nduduzo Makhathini as well as Ghana’s Frank Tontoh.

 

Shane Cooper, the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, will be performing with Bokani Dyer, Kesivan Naidoo (another former Standard Bank Young Artist winner for jazz), Reza Khota and Justin Bellairs.

 

There’s a performance from the Peter Auret Trio comprising Auret, Roland Moses and James Sunney of Watershed fame with special guest Joe Penn on saxophone.

 

Described as the most gifted musician ever to blend African and American music, Abdullah Ibrahim has enjoyed a career that has spanned half a century as a pianist and composer. He has worked with many legends of South African and global jazz. When he returned to South Africa in the 1970s to record his masterpiece, Mannenberg, he earned his place among South Africa’s greatest musicians. His sold-out performances continue to thrill jazz fans from around the world.

 

In his autobiography, Miles Davis describes the impact of hearing celebrated pianist Ahmad Jamal: “He knocked me out with his concept of space, his lightness of touch, his understatement.” Named as an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend, Jamal is a bona fide jazz star and the source of inspiration to many younger pianists.

 

Although he has four Grammy Awards for his jazz recordings, Terence Blanchard also ranks among the most creative, in-demand film score composers, particularly for his collaborations with Spike Lee. He is now putting the finishing touches on his first opera, commissioned for Opera St. Louis. Blanchard has also assumed roles as a music educator as the artistic director of the youth-oriented Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and, more recently, as the artistic director for the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

 

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will take place on eight stages in Newtown including the Dinaledi Stage, the Conga, Mbira, Bassline and The Market Theatre. Other venues include free concerts at Sophiatown, Shikisha and Nikki’s Oasis.

 

Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman says: “Over the years we have brought the finest jazz musicians to our shores as desired by the event’s fans, friends and supporters. Because we believe all people deserve to hear the best musicians the world has to offer, our 2013 line-up pays tribute to the listener’s choice as it were, it is our gift to our friends and festivalgoers who insist on the most interesting, the out of the ordinary, the push the boundaries type of artist, and most importantly the best of class. This is a line-up for the discerning jazz lover.”

 

Go to:  www.joyofjazz.co.za

Tickets are on sale at Computicket with a 15% discount for all Standard Bank customers valid from from May 21 until June 30 (terms and conditions apply).

Sipho Mabuse to be on MOVERS & SHAKERS on eNCA Channel 403,15 April at 10h50.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

The show that will feature Sipho Mabuse will be  aired on the 15th April 2013.

The show is repeated every day and the times are:

 

Monday:              10h50 (premier), 15h50

Tuesday:              14h50, 17h50,

Wed:                    08h20, 16h50,

Thurs:                   10h50, 22h50

Friday:                  08h50, 15h50,

Saturday:             08h20, 15h50, 20h50

Sunday:                07h20, 14h50, 19h50

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