Hot­stix’s big­gest hit burns bright, 30 years on

CityPress - - News - GUGULETHU MH­LUNGU gugulethu.mh­lungu@city­press.co.za

After Biko Mabuse (12) brought down the house at The Lyric the­atre in Gold Reef City with his per­for­mance of the Bruno Mars hit When I Was Your Man, his fa­mous fa­ther took to the stage to talk about ed­u­ca­tion.

It’s a sub­ject close to Sipho “Hot­stix” Mabuse’s heart. After 50 years in the mu­sic business, he fi­nally put his own ed­u­ca­tion first and fin­ished ma­tric two years ago. He was 60.

Now 62, Mabuse cel­e­brated another mile­stone this week. It’s been 30 years since his iconic hit Burn Out first set South Africa ablaze.

But the man him­self made a low-key en­try on Wed­nes­day night at The Lyric. Two drum­mers opened the show with a mas­ter­ful and funky dis­play of skills.

Then the drum­mer on the right hand side of the stage stood up – and the full house of about 500 peo­ple re­alised he was the man they’d come to cel­e­brate.

“Tonight is very spe­cial for me and for a num­ber of peo­ple I’ve worked with all my life. I’ve had an ex­per­i­men­tal jour­ney, which seems to have no end in sight ... Fifty years down the line, the legacy I started still con­tin­ues,” he told the au­di­ence.

From there, it was a night of amaz­ing per­for­mances, be­gin­ning with Pops Mo­hamed’s ren­di­tion of a ver­sion of The Bea­tles’ Nor­we­gian Wood.

Then came hot new tal­ent Than­deka Khu­malo, who is Mabuse’s pro­tégé. Be­fore their duet, Mabuse told the de­lighted au­di­ence: “We find them in town­ships.”

IN THE SWING Sipho

‘Hot­stix’ Mabuse looks

at the cer­tifi­cate awarded to him by Gallo Mu­sic (cen­tre)

to cel­e­brate 500 000 sales

of Burn Out. Steve Kekana and Mabuse (left) dur­ing their per­for­mance of Burn Out

Also sprin­kling some fairy dust on the night were PJ Pow­ers and Condry Ziqubu – and then came young Biko and his friend Joshua Wat­son (13).

Of course, the big­gest cheer of the night was for that 30-year-old mon­ster hit, sound­ing as young as ever. About 500 peo­ple rose to their feet and sang along to ev­ery word as Steve Kekana joined Mabuse. The two men proved that it’s far bet­ter to Burn Out than fade away.

PHO­TOS: LUN­GELO MBULWANA

GEN­ER­A­TIONS Sipho ‘Hot­stix’ Mabuse with his son, Biko (12), and Biko’s friend Joshua Wat­son (13) after their per­for­mance dur­ing Time­less­ness at The Lyric the­atre at Gold Reef City

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