This year, one of the world’s most admired and respected musicians – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse – celebrates his 50 year anniversary in the music industry.
“Thank you, South Africa, thank you, everyone,” Mabuse 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.” That seemed to springboard the whole celebration that’s become my celebratory 2016.”
Highlights for Mabuse in 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. “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 adds. “Particular thanks must go to KayaFM, 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. I am humbled by all the love and support. Thank you, all.”
As for 2017, Mabuse says, “I have started on my book. It will be a memoir of my life, and it will be out in September next year. There will also be a national tour. I’m not about to stop walking on my road. I’m a voice in a space that speaks truth to power.”
The day to diarise is Saturday 27 September. That’s when the “Perfect mood”, “Feel for life”, “Inside ’n out” and “Love is in the house” hit maker, along with his five-piece band, will take to The Nassau Centre’s stage on Palmyra Road in Newlands.
The theme of the Multi-talented, Singer/Songwriter, Lifestyle Coach and Inspirational Speaker’s concert is all about taking some time out, to celebrate the gift of life. To reflect on all that we have to be grateful for in our lives right now. “It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s wrong with our lives and the world right now,” Roeshdien says. “Granted, that needs to be acknowledged. There are equally as many things to be grateful for. This special evening is an invitation to everyone, and anyone, to join the amazing Siphokazi Jonas and I, in The Gratitude Café.”
Inspired by a group that Roeshdien and a friend started on Facebook, The Gratitude Café, which has subsequently, evolved into a show that will play out a fusion of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Reggae and Spoken word/Poetry come 27 September 2014. The entire show promises patrons music, lyrics, socially conscious, with a commercial appeal. “It’s a show where like-minded people can connect and share the things that they are grateful for in their lives right now,” Roeshdien explains. “I will be performing all my popular radio singles and also pay special tribute to some of my biggest inspirations. Picture this…the spirit of Sir Francis Albert Sinatra, Robert Nesta Marley, Sergio Mendes, Jamiroquai, Brendan Adams to name a few, all in the same space for one night only.”
Add a remarkable opening act Siphokazi Jonas, a member of the Exodus Klan Poetry Collective, to the night’s proceedings and patrons can look forward to some socially conscious poetry. In June this year she shared the stage with two well-known American poets, Janette…Ikz and Ezekiel, on the Cape Town leg of their South African tour. Siphokazi is also part of the ‘Cape Town Collaborative’, established by the ‘Epiphany Band’, a collaboration consisting of five vocalists and two poets who recently released the women’s day song and video, “I am woman”.
Look out for the launch of the ‘RoeshdienJaz’, new look website (www.roeshdienjaz.com), special prizes up for grabs, and the official worldwide digital release of his two popular radio singles, “Inside n out” and “Love is in the house”. (iTunes, Amazon etc.). Three of his songs have just been confirmed to be used in the popular South African weekday soapie, Isidingo. Add the promise of a full debut album to be released in the Summer 2014, and of course the much anticipated, ‘RoeshdienJaz Live, ‘The Gratitude Café’ concert, is sure to be a night to remember…#Uplift&Inspire
Concert tickets go live on the 22 August 2014 at 9am. Early bird booking discount price of R130 up until the 31 August. Thereafter a normal price of R150 applies, all via Computicket. The MC for the evening is no other than The Distinguished Gentleman, Andre Solomon.
Valentino van der Schyff and Tina Gordon are a male and female duo called Epiphany, who have put together a project called The Cape Town Collaborative.
Epiphany have always wanted to write a song in honour of women and decided to get in touch with artists they met at Music Exchange this year.
The artists who feature in this track are: Valentino van der Schyff, Tina Gordon, Ronald Jones, Angelo ‘Ello’ Bagley, Clint Brink, Siphokazi Jonas and Antholeen Petersen .
Tina recalls writing the song: “I wanted to write a song about women I admire and women others look up to.
It needed to be a powerful showing and an ode to all women of strength. We attended an open mic event at Liquid Lime Studios hosted by PANSA, after receiving an invitation from Natalia Da Rocha. It was at that moment we realised that we just had to complete the dedication to women in a composition we had in mind for so long.
Valentino explains: “After attending Music Exchange in March 2014, I was taken aback by the valuable information gained and realised how much we still need to do in the South African music business. Music Exchange has taught me so much and I’ve shared all of the knowledge gained with my partner in crime – Tina! We got right into it. Kept recording originals, kept writing songs, kept doing every single gig we possibly could. After Music Exchange, my mind set has shifted and we have never looked back since.”
Future Projects – Epiphany are already onto their next track titled “My Favourite” which will definitely be released before the end of September, if not sooner! For now, it is all about women and their Cape Town Collaborative tribute!
For more information contact:
Valentino van der Schyff – 071 902 5535 or Martin Myers -083 448 4475