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

This weekend we in Vredenburg with W Cape Department of Culture and Sport

After 6 weeks of going to various towns we head to Vredenburg for the final leg for 2018

The work does not stop Artists are being mentored by:

Craig Parks ( founder of Jazzathon ) that will take place early January 2019

Selwyn Bartlett -Radio expert and specialist consultant in Community radio

Heinrich Frans – artist and co artist manager to Kyle Sheppard and lead backing vocalist for Jonathan Butler

Martin Myers founder of Music Exchange and manager to Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

The team also took 3 time SAMA winner Tony Cox to George and well as the fantastic artist and educator RJ Benjamin to Swellendam

All the speakers are over whelemed with the talent on offer and imparted valuable music insights and practical business principals to students over the 2 days in each town

We have been to

Paarl -with Heinrich Frans

Swellendam -with RJ Benjamin

Knysna -with Tony Cox

Beaufort West with Heinrich Frans

Cape Town CBD

and now

Vredenberg

Now we await 2019 and what these artists will send us ..so we can get them access to live music platforms in Cape Town.

Delighted to be part of Songwriting competition and workshop for month of Nov in W cape with Dept Cultural Affairs and Sport

Delighted to part of the team who are working with DCAS

The people who will be coming to the town include :

1) Heinrich Frans who works and sings with Jonathan Butler and is an audio engineer and co manager to Kyle Sheppard the film composer for Noem my Skollie

2 ) Craig Parks founder of Jazzathon

3 ) Selwyn Bartlett -Radio consultant

4 )Martin Myers -founder Music Exchange and Sipho Mabuse’s manager

Teams prepare for the penultimate leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/2018

Every point counts as teams prepare for Sunday start in Cardiff

I had the chance to see the start in Cape Town on 10th December last year (see the pic below .I was with my great friend Warren Kirkland )

The pressure is building as teams prepare for the penultimate leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Every point counts on the final sprint to the finish.

With just two legs remaining in the Volvo Ocean Race the battle for the overall prize is tighter than ever, with three teams fighting for first place and a fourth crew still in with a shot at the podium.

As the team’s prepare for the Sunday afternoon start of Leg 10 sprint from Cardiff, Wales to Gothenburg, Sweden, Charles Caudrelier’s Donbgfeng Race Team has the advantage, sitting in pole position. The Chinese-flagged team holds a one point lead over Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE, who had been leading for the majority of the race.

And just two points further back is the hottest team in the race, Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel.

To put in context how dominant Bekking’s team has been over the past three legs, consider Brunel has scored 37 of the maximum 38 points available, compared to Dongfeng with 26 points and MAPFRE who have collected 20 points over that span.

“All the pressure is on these guys, they’re still ahead of us,” Bekking insisted at Friday’s press conference. “We just have to beat them, like I said in Newport. Just beat the two red boats and then we’ll see what happens on the last leg. I think it will all come down to the last leg into The Hague.”

As much as he’ll be fighting for the prize, Bekking will need to keep one eye on his Dutch compatriots on team AkzoNobel, who could challenge for the podium with two strong results on the finishing legs.

For the leader, Charles Caudrelier, the emergence of Brunel as a threat has changed the way his team will approach Leg 10.

“Earlier in the race, maybe we played too much in match racing with MAPFRE,” Caudrelier conceded. “Now there is another boat in the game. We just have to go race and see what happens. Maybe after his leg we’ll have to think about controlling someone but right now, the lead is too small for that.”

Leg 10 is a 1,300-nautical mile sprint that takes the teams around the west coast of Ireland up to the northern tip of Scotland before heading east-southeast to Gothenburg, the home of Volvo.

Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race starts at 1600 local time in Cardiff (1500 UTC) on Sunday afternoon.

Volvo Ocean Race Leaderboard after Leg 9
1. Dongfeng Race Team – 60 points
2. MAPFRE – 59 points
3. Team Brunel – 57 points
4. team AkzoNobel – 48 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 36 points
6. SHK / Scallywag – 29 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 26 points

** Should there be a tie on the overall race leaderboard at the end of the offshore legs, the In-Port Race Series standings will be used to break the tie. After today’s results, MAPFRE retain a considerable advantage in this respect (see standings below).

Current Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard
1. MAPFRE – 56 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team – 49 points
4. Team Brunel – 41 points
3. team AkzoNobel – 39 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 26 points
6. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 21 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 17 points

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