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Let’s Get It on – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse

Let's Get It on - Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse

Let’s Get It on – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse

No, this is not a cover of the 1973 Marvin Gaye song. That was a smoozy soul track that is certainly worth putting on if you want to get it on. No, this 1985 Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse track was the follow up to ‘Burnout’. ‘Burnout’ really introduced Sipho to a white South African audience as it featured on the Radio 5, Capital 604 and Radio 702 charts, although some may have been familiar with his work while a member of Harari.

‘Let’s Get It On’ lives somewhat in the shadows of ‘Burnout’, only making the Capital 604 charts (where it got to number 5). It is a more subdued track, somewhat soulful, somewhat seductive, somewhat dance-y, but there is the same catchiness to it that ‘Burnout’ had. The beat is a pretty simple 80’s township jive and it is accompanied by the synth sound that a lot of that genre featured.

The vocals are somewhat breathy and gentle which give the song its appeal. Sipho is backed up in the singing department by a group of three women (Marilyn Nokwe, Nonhlanhla Dlomo and Jean Madubane) who went under the name The Angels and who released some records in their own right. And The Angels almost steal the show with they sexy singing. They are super seductive when singing ‘I’m in love with you/you’re in love with me/let’s get it on’ and this pretty much sums up what the song is all about. It is a song of seduction. Even the sax that comes in later on has a late night making out feel to it.

Perhaps Sipho was influenced by the Marvin Gaye track of the same name as it his song is also about seduction and getting it on. One can’t help but wonder if Marvin Gaye had been born in Soweto in Sipho’s place, would we have got to hear this track, or something very similar. I think we would have. So when you want to relax with the one you love, maybe over a candlelit dinner, then dig out ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Sipho and put it on. For dessert you could put on Marvin’s song.

Where to find it:
Let’s Get It On – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (2007), Gallo, CDGPS3119

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Shikisha – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse

Shikisha – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse

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

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