Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse
Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, is one of South Africa’s stateliest musical treasures. His invaluable contributions are affirmed from all corners. Being bestowed with the Silver Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to the field of music to being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards (SATMA), further celebrating his 50-year career immersion in music, being welcomed as the chairman of the non-profit Organization Music Exchange (MX).
Thirty-four years ago, Sipho’s 500 000-selling smash-hit single “Burn Out” changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in pop music history. His contribution to the diverse landscape of South Africa is honoured by music lovers worldwide.
In a career that stretches all the way back to 1951, not a day has gone by where Sipho has not been inspired to entertain. From the age of 8, drumming got him the nickname, “Hotstix”, that’s stuck with him ever since.
Recording and producing many legendary artists such as Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo, Sipho has also sat on the boards of NAC and SAMRO and remains warm, compassionate and caring with an impressive catalogue that’s anchored in Africa.
All who meet and share stages with Sipho are touched by a humility and grace that’s as rare as the talent this living legend shares.