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Mr Sipho Cecil Peter ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse

The Order of Ikhamanga in

Mr Sipho Cecil Peter ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse Awarded for:
His excellent contribution to the field of music and social cohesion. His spellbinding music has consistently captured the imagination of the nation.
Profile of Mr Sipho Cecil Peter ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse

Mr Sipho Cecil Peter ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse is a Master Saxophonist whose involvement in the music industry spans more than 40 years.

He is known as ‘Hotstix’ because of his mastery of the drums. Mabuse belongs to a bevy of world acclaimed jazz musicians such as Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Caiphus Semenya, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sipho Gumede and Khaya Mahlangu, among others, who have brought decades of entertainment to fans in Africa and beyond.

Although he is one of the most recognisable figures in our country, Mabuse remains humble and accessible, and is adored by young and old alike. He recently teamed up with young musicians to produce even more enjoyable music and in different genres across the music spectrum. Often, these new musicians are decades younger than him but he relates to them as their equal, as he is the definitive, consummate professional.

One of Mabuse’s most remarkable achievements is his passing of the Matric examination at the age of 60, having left school at Standard 9 (Grade 11) to pursue his music career without finishing Matric back in 1969. Through this accomplishment, he has become a shining example and a beacon of hope to many South Africans. The accomplishment also points to his dedication and discipline.

As a result of his humility and proximity to his people, he remains a resident of Soweto despite his accomplishments, which could have easily propelled him to live in the leafy suburbs.

Mabuse often writes social commentary articles on a variety of pertinent, relevant topics in the socio-economic domain.