Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse speaks about how black consciousness influenced his music

Lee Kasumba's guests share how they are representing the African continent in a positive light – and how we could all be doing it too!

In this episode she interviews South Africa’s legendary musician, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse about the influence of black consciousness on his music.

Mabuse has been in the music business for over five decades and has achieved international recognition.

Answering why a song like 'Burnout' has resonated for people across the Continent of Africa, he has this to say:

I'm an African first, before I think of myself as a South African and I owe my creativity to the Continent.

Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse

He says music from all over Africa has influenced him.

His close friends and colleagues were all involved in the liberation struggle, he explains, and acknowledges his contribution as musician played a small part.

We ensured that we added value to what they were doing.

Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse

He talks about how his band evolved starting during his time at Orlando West High School and the political influence of the black consciousness movement on their music.

Xenophobia has had a destructive impact he says.

We need to work against it.

Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse

Take a listen to the podcast below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse speaks about how black consciousness influenced his music


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