Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse. Picture: Supplied

South African music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band, return to the Baxter Concert Hall, for a one-night only celebration, on Friday, 26 October, at 8pm.

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. 

“I can’t believe where the time has gone,” says Mabuse, whom we have come to love for hit songs like 'Burn Out' and 'Shikisha'.

He continues, “The Baxter holds many fond memories for me. We would like to honour this iconic venue with a stunning once-off show, pulling out all the stops by playing all the hits and throwing in a few surprises along the way.”

Hot on the heels of his keynote address at Music Exchange 2018 (MEX18) conference, earlier this month, Sipho’s promise to return to the Mother City for a full concert is about to be honoured, much to the excitement of fans across the peninsula.

Sipho has also selected three artists from the MEX18 conference, to be showcased on the line-up. They are singers and songwriters Roeshdien Jaz, Siphokazi Jonas and Afro-fusion band Mmino who regularly perform at the V&A Waterfront. 

“Look at Siphokazi Jonas,” Sipho says. “Four years ago she performed at Music Exchange and today she is working full-time in the entertainment industry. Roeshdien has enjoyed a string of radio hits and he is now ready to draw a larger audience. 

Mmino is an amazing band that had such fresh ideas musically and now also deserve to be seen by a wider audience. I want to give these immensely talented Cape Town artists a chance and in this way help to build and support the next generation of artists in our country,” 

In April this year, Sipho was welcomed by the President who bestowed him with the Silver Order of Ikhamanga, for his contribution to music. In June he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards (SATMA), held in Mpumalanga.

He has also recorded and produced many legendary artists like Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo. As a regular commentator on arts and culture in the country, 

Sipho has also served on the boards of the National Arts Council and the South African Musicians Rights Organisation (SAMRO).