Lovely read pre Music Exchange press Wed 6 Sept 2017 pre the conference on 9 and 10 Sept

Great pre press re Music Exchange and BMI Song Camp at South Beach ( for the 2nd year in a row ).
Article was a 1/2 page in Business Report on Wednesday 6 Sept 2017, thanks to Struan Douglas.

#mex17 is in its 7th year in 2017.

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FreshlyGround -Sipho Mabuse ,Siphokazi Jonas #TOGTHERINCONCERT SAT 25 March -Spier

Are you ready to party with two of South Africa’s biggest and finest music icons?
FreshlyGround and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will be sharing the stage for the very first time!

So join them on Saturday 25 March 2017 at the Spier Wine Estate for an unforgettable music experience.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is going to be holding a celebration like no other. He is holding a concert to celebrate 50 years in the music industry! And to help him celebrate, he has invited FreshlyGround to join him for the night. The show will take place at the Spier Amphitheater in Stellenbosch, will will start at 6pm.

“All the classics will be in there,” Sipho divulges, “including Burn Out, Shikisha, and many more of songs that have shaped me as a musician, philanthropist and father to my beautiful daughters.”

As to what Freshly fans can expect from the multi-platinum-selling globetrotters?

With their 6th album currently in final production with Swedish producer Tore Johannson, the group may just offer a sample of what’s to come from the group in the months ahead.

“There will be material never performed before,” Zolani teases. “There will also be some deviations from the usual popular material too.”

“I’ve never played at Spier before,” Sipho declares. “I’ve also never performed with FreshlyGround before either. I have huge respect for the music they create, and they are lovely people which just enhances the whole experience.”

Also on Stage The much-applauded Around The Fire and Wrestling With Dawn producer, playwright and performer, Siphokazi Jonas will also share the stage, on the night, revealing yet another side to her dynamic talent. “I’m delighted to have her open for us,” Sipho says. “I have watched Siphokazi, over the last two years, create her own path and make work for herself, all of which needs to be heard and applauded. I’m really looking forward to a great night.”

A long overdue marriage of two trailblazers, expect pomp, expect ceremony and a night filled with glorious celebration and tumultuous applause. Join the chorus and come sing along.

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Sunday times last week 15 May – Sipho Hotstix Mabuse interview 50 years on

Thirty years ago Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, wrote and recorded the most important song of his life.

In 1984 he was already a successful musician, as a member of Harari and a critically acclaimed solo artist.

He’d penned and played some of the finest original South African-born music of his generation, but it was the recoding in September 1984 of the monster-hit “Burn Out” that changed everything for its maker, catapulting him to a new level of fame and turning him into something of a superstar.

Released the year PW Botha, the former President, declared a state of emergency in, this impeccably funky township disco jive jam became the first major crossover hit in South Africa, selling in excess of half a million copies. Over the years the song has been remixed by international DJs and covered by many more South African artists, qualifying it as one of the country’s most cherished classic tracks ever.

Beyond competent and hugely applauded, the magic Mabuse continues to make, close on 50 years since he first hit a drum, learnt to play the flute and alto flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, timbale and the African drum, his raw ability and talent has known no limits! “I’m very thankful and grateful for what “Burn Out” brought with it,” he says. “I believe in my ancestors and they’ve done a wonderful job at looking after me through the years.”

“Burn Out” evolved in his head, long before it finally hit the page. “It was directing itself, spiritually,” Mabuse explains. “When it did finally show itself it took all of 10 minutes to write! And then my life went to a whole new level. It has probably defined me. I am that song.”

Thirty years later and Mabuse’s not only celebrating many happy returns of a hit song and extraordinary career, he’s hard at work crafting the next chapter. “I believe my finest work is still to come,” the perfectionist insists. “I can’t stand still, and in many ways I feel as though I’ve come full circle.”

Whether or not that means there’s a “Burn Out 2.0” building inside the national treasure, Mabuse’s not saying. “I am evolving all the time, so perhaps my ancestors will keep on being kind,” he says with a smile. Either way fans can rest assured there will be plenty more hits and memories as long as Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse elects it.

The 30 years of Burn out album is available on I Tunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/burnout-30th-anniversary-edition/id921045327

For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za
Mobile: +27 83 448 4475

Sipho Mabuse Timelessness at the Lyric 1 Oct 2014 with Pops Mohamed, Alec Khaloi, PJ Powers, Condry Ziqubu

Thank  you to the following team

Sound  – Sound Corporation – Mark de Klerk

Technical Production Lighting, design, concept and operation  – JP Willson

Publicity Martin Myers and Samm Marshall

Event management – Razia Myers, Casey Barclay

Ticketing – Naledi Mabuse, Palesa Mabuse

Show produced by Sipho Mabuse and Martin Myers

Lyric Theatre  – Calum Stevenson, Zara Gafney, Graham Brune

Video recording – Paul Hughes

Live sound recording – Richard Mitchell

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

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