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 ,RJ Benjamin ,Chantal Stanfield, Cinema ,Dr Victor ,Ard Matthews and more for Lockdown Legends on 28th June

Join us, as we look back and celebrate with the talents of SA’s retro ‘best of the best’, where they will perform online magic for all the world to see and hear from the comfort and safety of your home.

Hear the music and the stories that defined generation after generation – and reconnect with the music that defined you.

The event also includes tributes to some of our lost legends by more recent artists from the 2000’s

75% of the proceeds will be channeled directly to the music professionals that have worked on this project and 25% to other music industry professionals.

28th June 2020 from 8.15pm | Donation only R100 gets you full access

www.covid-zero.co.za/lockdownlegends

www.facebook.com/lockdownlegends

** You can view the content at any time from 8.15pm on the 28th June until the 5th July 2020 **

The COVID-19 crisis has sadly left every musician, event planner, technician and live event crew member without an income, but the upside is we can all do something about it. It is time for music lovers the world over to support their efforts – and in a fair exchange of entertainment for cash – reach for our wallets and look forward to being rewarded for your commitment and playing your part to help keep the entertainment economy alive and well.

The event features stars and members of the following bands from the 60’s to now

1960’s

● 1964 – Dickie Loader

● 1967 – The Dream Merchants

● 1967 – Four Jacks & A Jill

● 1968 – The Staccatos

1970’s

● 1971- Brian Mulder of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy

● 1971 – Mick Matthews of The Hedgehoppers

● 1977 – Bernie Millar from Circus

● 1978- Andre De Villiers

● 1978 – Clout

1980’s

● 1980 – Ballyhoo

● 1981 – Peach

● 1981 – Neil Solomon

● 1983 – Pierre De Charmoy

● 1984 – The Working Girls

● 1984 – Face to Face

1984 – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – Burnout

● 1985 – PJ Powers & Hotline

● 1985 – Robin Auld

● 1985 – Tim Parr of EllaMental

● 1985 – Heather Mac of Ella Mental

● 1985 – Sheldon Thomas & Craig Else of Petit Cheval

● 1986 – Stewart Irving

● 1988 – Cinema

● 1989 – Wendy Oldfield

● Lars Lofstrand of Celtic Rumours

1990’s & 2000’s

● 1994 – Dr Victor

● 1995 – Kreesan

● 1998 – David Beretta Owens of Lithium

● 1999 – John Ellis from Tree 63

● 2006 – Craig Hinds of Watershed

● 2008 – Ross Learmonth of Prime Circle

● 2018 – Ard Matthews of Just Jinjer

● 2002 – Mark Beling formerly formerly of Mean Mr Mustard

● 2020 – Bobo from Denim with new act BNL

● 2020 – Terence Reis of The Dire Straits Experience

● Danny K appearance

● Vicky Sampson appearance

● 1983 – Lloyd Cele pays tribute to Brenda Fassie

● 1978 – RJ Benjamin and Chantal Stanfield (The Benjafields) pay tribute to Zayn Adam and Pacific Express

Steve Umculo pays tribute to Hugh Masekela – Send Me, Mbombela , Bring Him Back Home, Sarafina

Presented by legendary DJ s

● Sean Brokensha

● Shado Twala

● Darren Scott

● Dave Guselli

● Kevin Savage

● Tony Blewitt

● David Gresham

● Peter Wise

● Benjy Mudie

Created & Produced by Jarrod Aston

Produced by: Glenda Sixel

Directed by: Di Rosen

ABOUT COVID-ZERO

www.covid-zero.co.za

Entertainment is a big source of happiness. And the quest for happiness is what keeps people moving forward with purpose. Covid-Zero puts entertainment first, giving artists, comedians and others a virtual concert stage to keep performing, engaging with you, their fans, and spreading positive lockdown messaging and good vibes. For performers in lockdown, online is the new live.

All you have to do is buy a ticket, sit back and watch, from the safety and comfort of your own home. Ticket sales will be donated directly to support the entertainers and will fund the manufacture and distribution of care packages including masks, hand sanitisers, food vouchers and safety information to communities across South Africa.

To give our audiences a voice in the silence, we are also offering you a ‘fans first’ option of voting for whom you would like to see perform. Our Gallery page will have photos of our wonderful Covid-Zero supporters dressed up for the concerts in their own homes and pictures of the distribution of Care Packages into our communities. You also have the option of making an additional donation to communities. Helping to take Covid-19 to Covid-Zero.

For media enquiries please contact;

Jarrod Aston | +2782 443 3209 or jarrod

Glenda Sixel | +2782 493 9738 or glenda

Sipho Mabuse for show on 1 Feb -Carnival City

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 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

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Roeshdien Jaz up for ESP young legends award -please vote

A good friend and hard working artist Roeshdien Jaz is up for ESPYOUNGLEGENDS AWARD IN 2019

Do click on this link and vote Please

http://www.espafrika.com/finalists-2019/

ROESHDIEN JAZ RELEASES NEW SUMMER DANCE SINGLE!

Cancer Survivor/Cape Town based Singer-Songwriter Roeshdien Jaz fresh from being on stage with Sipho Mabuse at the Baxter last month in Cape Town , continues to uplift, elevate an inspire with the official release of his brand-new Tropical House/Dance Summer single, ‘Want what you can’t have’

rj banner 2 new 6 nov 2018

rj banner 2 new 6 nov 2018

“Want what you can’t have” is the brand NEW Summer, Dance/Club single, by Cape Town Singer-Songwriter, Roeshdien Jaz. It’s a fresh, dynamic dance track with suttle depth. The song speaks of how we… “Always seem to want what we just can’t have”.

“Even though she has a man, you still pursue your plan. “It’s a shame even though she knew, all the things he puts her through, cause she wants what she can’t have. It ain’t clear to me it’s a mystery, life always seems to be, a search, a hunt for what we always want, that’s never meant to be.”

A must have in your ‘SUMMER 2018 PLAYLIST’ to get you dancing, or that ‘adrenalin’ pumping on the treadmill at the gym. Remixes in the pipeline featuring  Cape Town female emcees, EJ Von Lyrik, Burni Aman and Shame (Godessa).

Available on ALL major digital platforms, worldwide. Roeshdien’s, much anticipated Debut Album 8 years in the making, is set for Digital release in the first quarter of 2019, called ‘The Contradiction’ (Every Mood).

“This body of work is a special tribute to life, an all it’s many beautiful contradictions”, says Roeshdien.

https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/want-what-you-cant-have-single/1437901945

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

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE is making a call to all musicians in South Africa

MEX Endorses Empowerment

MEX chairperson and board member SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE is making a call to all musicians in South Africa to not only attend MEX18, on 1 and 2 September in Cape Town, but to all opportunities to cultivate the broader education in our collective music economy.

“As chairperson of MEX, which is now in its 8th year, I implore musicians, managers and all music business owners to attend the KZN Music Imbizo in Durban this week, and then MEX18 the week after,” Sipho implores. “We then have Moshito, in Gauteng, thereafter. If you are in one of these centres, get there! I raise this urgent call as we have a crisis in education around the local and global business of music.”

Sipho’s known and respected as someone open to sharing his experience, committed to empowering everyone in the industry that’s afforded him an extraordinary career. “I had a question the other day, from a music school graduate that floored me,” he shares. “Even with all of their class teaching this person questioned what was more important, a publisher or a publicist? That question scared me and drove home the fact that music conferences are a critical supplement to any text-book training.”

Sipho Mabuse

“It illustrates, with alarming accuracy, the lack of life-skill, real and applicable lessons from some of South Africa’s most established tertiary education institutions,” Sipho concludes. “This is where the likes of MEX, Moshito and the KZN Music Imbizo play a critical role in empowerment.”

MEX18 will play host to a truly global list of speakers and aggregators, the likes of SAMRO, DEEZER, RISA, THE ORCHARD, MAHOGANY and JOOX. Each is a critical local touch point in any career in music, all who will be active and participating at MEX18.

Add to that extraordinary partnerships and key international relationships, MEX18 welcomes back Abbey Rd Studio’s CHRISTIAN WRIGHT to the fold for a second time.

With MEX18’s focus around all things digital, including the streaming economy, CHRISTIAN, along with MAHOGANY’s MARK MURDOCH will be unpacking the relationships between record labels, managers and the audiences they each appeal to.

pic Mark Murdoch -Mahogany

THE ORCHARD’s Vice-President (France, Benelux and West Africa) BEN OLDFIELD will also be flying in especially to talk at MEX18.

MUSIC EXCHANGE will also be hosting showcases. By attending MEX18 you will be in front of all three international speakers, as well as SA artists including RJ BENJAMIN and the keynote speakers, including publishers the calibre of DAVID ALEXANDER and JOHN FISHLOCK.

Whether you’re an established or ambitious young artist, publicist, producer, DJ, manager, venue owner, record label, agency or corporate brand looking to gain invaluable insight and learnings every delegate can actively apply and benefit from, MEX18 is the creative hub responsible for bringing it all together.

Digital monetisation in the new music economy, through to masterclasses dedicated to key disciplines, MEX18 will once again offer it all.

MEX18 will be hosted at the impressive Academy Of Sound Engineeringstudio complex, in District 6, as well as Sun Square, Mill Street, Gardens over the jam-packed two-day imbizo.

With more speakers and events to be announced over the coming three weeks, in the build-up to MEX18, follow us on Facebook to get breaking announcements as they happen.

Limited delegates tickets for MEX18 are available now through Quicket.

• Day 1 – R300 BOOK NOW

• Day 2 – R300 BOOK NOW

• Day 1 & 2 – R400 (R500 normal price) if you BOOK NOW using the following promotional code: mex18-2-day-ticket

For booking details, and more information, go to: www.musicexchange.co.za

Sipho Mabuse -May 2018 tour dates 4 shows ,4 cities

Delighted to share the event poster -Sipho is doing 4 shows round SA in the next few weeks

Starting on Maputo on 19 May ,then Durban ,then Constitution Hill and finally Swaziland

This is a wonderful tour that he is on with his band – and just reward for his Ikhamanga Award ( in silver ) received on 28 April 2018 from the President of the Republic

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