Hotstix’s biggest hit burns bright, 30 years on.

2014-10-05 15:00

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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.”

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.

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