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 Mabuse for show on 1 Feb -Carnival City

Delighted to share the news …3rd most read contributor for Biz Arts in 2019 for 3rd year in a row

Delighted to share the news 3rd most read contributor for Biz Arts for 3rd year in a row .Please keep putting me in touch with artists to talk to as we go into the new decade

https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/484/198512.html

Saturday 23rd Nov – Music Exchange Masterclass “Closing the deal” a master class with lawyer Barry Varkel

Date for the diary

Saturday 23rd Nov 10.30am to 12noon – Music Exchange Masterclass
“Closing the deal” a master class with lawyer Barry Varkel at Radisson RED V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

ticket link https://qkt.io/closingthedeal -R50.00

Areas to be covered will include:

1. Negotiations prior to the show/event/performance.

2. The function which email correspondence plays in the deal.

3. Resolving any contentious issues in the contract.

4. Getting to the bottom-line of the deal.

5. Signature of the contract.

6. Why it is necessary to have the contract witnessed.

7. What a 50% deposit means and what the parties’ respective roles and responsibilities are.

8. What happens if the balance of funds is not paid prior to the event and other things which could go wrong.

9. The meaning of putting a co-contracting party to terms.

10. Taking legal action and how one would proceed to enforce legal rights.

11. The supply of a legal contract for attendees

12 Mex19 attendees get in for Free -please bring your lanyard to qualify for this

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

Tomorrow 1 October at Skoobs Books in Monte Casino -Goy Vey Book Launch

Do try and join tomorrow evening as Barry Varkel -launches his 3rd book

Please see poster for details

The Cape Town launch was a wonderful night and the book Goy Vey is wonderful fun fast passed chuckle about South African families

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

CONCERTS IN THE PARK situated at De Waal Park Presents the The Rudimentals Sunday 28th April

CONCERTS IN THE PARK situated at De Waal Park Presents the The Rudimentals with support from the Gugulethu Tenors, The World of Birds, Congo Cowboys and BUSHFIRE.

Celebrated AFRICAN-SKA band The Rudimentals is a socially diverse, fun-filled act that strives to interact with people of all ages and tastes. This multi-layered musical offering is made up of highly accomplished, talented and entertaining musicians, representing a blend of youth and experience.

The band has also shared stages with some of South Africa’s top headliners, including Johnny Clegg, Lucky Dube, Hip Hop Pantsula, Freshlyground, Fuzigish; and toured extensively with the likes of The Wailers and legendary UB40….


Our headliner will be supported by Gugulethu Tenors, The World of Birds, Congo Cowboys and BUSHFIRE.

Tickets will cost R20.00 per person available for sale at Computicket and at the gates on the day of the concert.


Come and join us on Sunday the 28th of April at 13h00 at Cape Towns one and only band stand located within De Waal park, bring your friends and family along for a picnic in the park while enjoying the live music performance.

Pic Congo Cowboys

Exciting to be attending Malta Jazz Festival Launch for 2019

This will be exciting today -Music Exchange has been invited to the Launch of the 2019 Malta Jazz Festival

Sipho Mabuse and the Rudimentals and Mmino for De Waal Park – Sunday 3rd Feb

Legendary South African artist Sipho Mabuse creates another milestone in his career with a 1st time ever performance at De Waal park in Upper Orange Street Gardens.

on Sunday 3rd February from 2pm with the Rudimentals and Mmino who performed with Sipho last year at a sold out Baxter Concert Hall in October 2018.

Sipho remarked their are so few place to perform in major cities and when the organisers approached my manager Martin Myers ,I had no hesitation in saying Yes
Why not do different places he said.

We are playing in a band stand that goes back many years The Concerts will be staged in the original Edwardian bandstand which was manufactured by Messrs Walter McFarlane & Co of Glasgow and presented to ‘the corporation’ in Cape Town by the Traders-Market & Exhibition Ltd. London in 1904.

It was moved from the original exhibition space in Green Point to De Waal Park some years later.

Book via Computicket R20.00

citp poster sipho copy

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