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As 2016 comes to close, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse says thank you to South Africa for his amazing 50-year celebration as a critical player within the South African music industry.

This year, one of worlds most admired and respected musicians; Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse celebrated his official golden anniversary in the music industry. Fifty-years strong!

“Thank you South Africa, thank you everyone,” Sipho says. “It has been a remarkable year with some amazing shows and events, all made amazing by the fans in attendance. I did a pop up performance in Cape Town, in April, in front of the glasses installation on the Sea Point promenade, along with the poet Siphokazi Jonas,” he recalls. That seemed to springboard the whole celebration that’s become my celebratory 2016.”

Highlights for Mabuse’s 2016 include shows in Botswana and Swaziland and performances with the likes of Johnny Clegg. “I was even celebrated as the keynote speaker at Music Exchange #MEX16,” he recalls humbly. “I also performed at the annual music indaba, Moshito, as well as part of Joy of Jazz and Metro FM, all while inviting a request to  be the guest of honour at More Jazz, series six, in Maputo.“Media support has been amazing. Thank you!” Mabuse acknowledges. “Particular thanks must go to Kaya FM, who gave me a whole day to celebrate the work we are doing and we even got the hashtag #Hotstix to trend!”

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 32-years since I released “Burn Out”? he asks. The single changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in local pop music history. “I am humbled by all the love and support. Thank you, all!”

As for what 2017 holds?, “ have started on my book,” Mabuse exits. “It will be a memoir of my life, and it will be out in September next year. There will also be a national tour.”

“We still have a role,” he adds with smile. “I’m not about to stop walking on my road. I’m a voice in a space that speaks truth to power.” And until that’s no longer so, listen out. Thank you “Hotstix”, for the outstanding legacy. Here’s to a remarkable 2017!

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