Shikisha – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
Sipho ‘Hostix’ Mabuse emerged from the shadows of Harari when that band disbanded and very quickly established himself as a solo artist with the popular ‘Burn Out’ which would give him a number 1 hit on the Radio 702 charts as well as making the Capital 604 charts (#6) and Radio 5 charts (#20). That was in 1985 and it would be his most successful hit chartwise (although his ‘Let’s Get It On’ would get to number 5 on the Capital Radio charts, but not make any other chart).
Roll the calendar on a couple of years to 1987 and along comes ‘Shikisha’. The Google translate fuction tells me that ‘Shikisha’ means ‘tick’ although it doesn’t go on to tell me if this is something your teacher gave you when you got something right or if it refers to a small insect that has a nasy bite. I did find another website that explained that ‘shikisha’ means ‘belt it out, dance and sing like you never have before’ and listening to Sipho’s towship-injected dance song, I’m inclined to go with the latter definition (although the song does get a tick in my book).
Perhaps not quite as immediate as ‘Burn Out’, ‘Shikisha’ is just as catchy and as dance-able to as the former. It bounces around with a joie de vivre that has you doing just what you’re told to in the lyrics and that is ‘stamp your feet’. This song has all the bubble and energy of Africa wrapped up in a perfect afropop song. So belt it out, dance and sing like you never have before.
Where to find it:
Great South African Perfomers – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (2011), Gallo, CDPS036