Label: IMP, (Frank Farian) Ariola Eurodisc GmbH
Catalog number: 608 205, 608 205
Format:Vinyl, 12", Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
Genre:Electronic, Funk / Soul, Pop
Written by Shipo Mabuse
Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse is responsible for "Burn Out" in the early 1980s in which the Afro Synth mega hit sold over 500,000 copies in early 80's South Africa alone, and the giant mbaqanga (traditional Zulu) disco hit of the late 1980s, "Jive Soweto"
Born in Orlando West, Soweto on November 2nd, 1951, young Sipho was recruited by Selby Ntuli to join the band The Beaters whilst a drummer for the school's cadets team. Upon Ntuli's death in 1978, he took over leadership of the band - which by then had renamed itself to Harari.
Going solo after the band's demise and a competent multi-instrumentalist in his own right (drums, flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, alto flute, timbales and African drums), his biggest commercial hit remains 1984's "Burn Out".
After a successful tour of Zimbabwe they changed the group's name to Harari. When they returned to their homeland in South Africa they began to draw almost exclusively on American-style funk, soul, and pop music, sung in Zulu and Sotho as well as English. He has also recorded and produced for, amongst others, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo.
Then in 1984 Sipho "Hotstix" blasted his way back into the charts with a release that has his country at his feet. "Burn Out" was one of the first home made hits that took every South African by storm, irrespective of race. colour or creed.
"Burn Out" was number 1 on every radio station in South Africa and soon Sipho was singing his way to the United Kingdom to secure a major deal with Virgin Records.
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