After an absence of more than 30 years Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band will be returning to The Baxter at 8pm on 26 October for a one-night-only celebration.
Not only will Sipho be performing all of his seminal hits, his bigger commitment is to usher in the next generation of hitmakers – all one on stage, all for one night only.
As one of South Africa’s stateliest musical treasures who loves his country as much as he does performing live, Sipho promises Cape Town a show well worth the wait.
“If you weren’t there, at The Baxter, 30 years ago, now it’s your turn,” Sipho teases. “We’ll be doing some riveting performances with some discovered talent from Music Exchange 2018 (MEX18) too.”
The night will come alight with guest performances from Siphokasi Jonas and the Cape Town treasure and legacy artist Tony Cedras, the Elsie’s River born accordion, harmonica, keyboard and guitar player. “Cape Town has not been able to appreciate its own,” Sipho says. “A big part of my show is about acknowledging and celebrating artists that come out of the Cape. I think it is very important that we get to appreciate it all, while it’s here.”
“I have been privileged to have known someone like Tony for so long, “Sipho adds. “Siphokasi Jonas is an amazing poet. She’s going places. She’s a true inspiration to us all.”
As to why it’s taken a good three decades for Sipho to dedicate a night to the Mother City, Sipho’s quick to defend that his career has kept him busy and away from the people he loves so dearly. “It’s been hectic,” he admits. “Privilege is something else. It’s a rare gift to be able to take to the stage and still have a room filled with fans who love what you do. I’ve been all over the world, but this Cape Town show feels like a kind of homecoming.”
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.”
The Sipho songbook has shaped 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.
“I’ve always believed I’m an inventive musician,” Sipho confesses. “You do the hits and misses, it’s very important that people experience the creativity in the moment. That’s what this show is all about. You’re bringing a narrative many people don’t realise. It’s so important in entrenching belief in ourselves that what we make here, at home, has global appeal. Tony’s talent is beyond belief. Fans will see that on the night. I’m excited for us all!” the “Burn Out” and “Shikisha” hitmaker says. “The Baxter holds fond memories for me. We intend honouring the iconic venue with a stunning one-night show, playing all the hits and throwing in a few surprises along the way too.”
Tickets cost R200 –R250 each and the show will run for 90 minutes, with no interval. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought at The Baxter ticket office or online at webtickets.co.za
With an impressive catalogue that’s anchored in Africa, all who meet, greet and share stages with Sipho are all touched by a humility and grace that’s as rare as the talent this living legend shares with us all.