Hotstix looks back on 60 years

By Drum Digital
13 April 2011

THE world knows him as the man who wrote one of South Africa's seminal songs – Burn Out – but he's done so much more. We catch up with Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse as he turns 60 – in exactly the same year as DRUM reaches the same milestone.

So how does it feel to turn 60? How many of us reach this age? It's a blessing, it's a milestone and I thank my ancestors and God for keeping me safe until now.

How do you stay so young?

I don't drink and I don't smoke. Besides that, I used to work out like a sportsman: I used to run, swim and cycle. I still run, but I've kind of slacked off a bit lately.

It's been 27 years since burn out – Have you recovered from the success of that hit?

My music career started way before I even wrote Burn Out in 1983. I had a great spell with our earlier band, Harari. I should be thankful that I've been more fortunate than some of my peers.

Read the article in the Drum of 21 April 2011 – and share your views below.

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