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Sipho Hotstix Mabuse: a South African legend whose music spans generations

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse: a South African legend whose music spans generations

DRUMMER, saxophonist, composer, activist – and anthropology student – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse has turned 70. If you wanted a guidebook to the distinctive character of the South African jazz scene, Mabuse’s 50-year career offers one. GWEN ANSELL, Associate of the Gordon Institute for Business Science, University of Pretoria South African jazz occupies a landscape that is rarely elitist, never haughtily insulated from popular and traditional sounds. Professional survival demands a multiplicity of roles and identities from its artists. And the music has always had something to say about the politics of its day, then and now. Mabuse’s remarkable life shows…
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