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#MusicExchange: Biko Mabuse

The legendary Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse has played a massive role in growing South African music, from his days in the Beaters to Harari and now. Now his 19-year-old son Biko Mabuse is on a musical journey with his band 12 Dogs.
Biko Mabuse. | Photo: David Brimson/Evermore Photography
Biko Mabuse. | Photo: David Brimson/Evermore Photography

I spoke to the rising star Biko Mabuse in an exclusive interview about his musical journey. Interestingly enough, his father just celebrated his 70th birthday on the 2nd of November.

Like father, like son, this young man Biko has talent and confidence by the bucket full. Remember the name Biko Mabuse - a driven talented young man.

BizcommunityThe new decade means:

More opportunities and more life.

BizcommunityFame is about:

Having your name in conversations of the public.

BizcommunityRetirement will happen when?

As a musician, I’ll retire when I die.

BizcommunityI don't do:


BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?


BizcommunityMy music is about:

A natural expression of human life.

BizcommunityI would love to co-write with:

Hotstix Mabuse, RJ Benjamin, Khuli Chana and Kayla Nkwe.

BizcommunityWhere do you go for inspiration to create?

I draw inspiration from many experiences, places, times and people.

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

The spiritual resonance of creating the music. It's an indescribable experience.

BizcommunityThe song you must do in every show:

Turn it Up - 12 Dogs.

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage?

Thabiso (12 dogs) rolling all over the stage during his guitar solo and I also rap with my dad on Burnout. I appeared on stage with him at Ricoffy’s 50th Birthday Bash and now I do regular shows with dad, adding a 2021 rap to the classic Burnout.

BizcommunityMy heroes:

Steve Biko, Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant.

BizcommunityMy style icon:

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?

My mother, Naniwe Maqetuka. Her strong, intelligent and loving character sets an example for what it means to be a genuine person.

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?

My ID.

#MusicExchange: Liam Burger
#MusicExchange: Liam Burger

Just two weeks after the release of his latest single Falling Apart and announcing the release of his forthcoming EP Wide Awake - on 3 December, Liam Burger is not slowing down with the releases and unveils The Middle as the next single from the...

Martin MyersBy Martin Myers 10 Nov 2021

BizcommunityIt’s your round. What are you drinking?


BizcommunityDream gig to do:

Fifa World Cup opening ceremony.

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?

The way I carry myself. My mind.



BizcommunityIf you were not a musician, what would you do?

I would be an actor.

BizcommunityWho would play you in a Hollywood blockbuster and why?

Kanye West. His life has been a movie and I would play that role well.

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself:

Confident, smart, talented and a worker.

BizcommunityFive favorite South African albums:

We Used to Dance - Andile Yenana
Dankie San - Pro Kid
Township Child - Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
Levels - AKA
Zimphonic Suites - Zim Ngqawana

BizcommunityGreatest movie ever made:


BizcommunityWhat books are you reading?

Tomorrow is Another Country by Allister Sparks, I write what I like by Steve Biko and a lot of self-help books.

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?

For Sale? (interlude) by Kendrick Lamar.

BizcommunityWho do you love?


BizcommunityWhat is your favorite word?


BizcommunityFavorite fashion garment:

Spotie (Bucket hat).

BizcommunityGive us some proper slang and what it means:

Ekse, shup fede? (Hi, how are you?), Zikhiphani? (What's happening?) and Tsasa (Lip therapy).

BizcommunityTop of your bucket list:

Speak fluent French.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement:

15,000 streams of Consequence of Sound in eight weeks.

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?

The government.

BizcommunityWhat is your fear?

Predator animals.

BizcommunityHappiness is:

Feeling of elation.

BizcommunityOn stage I tend to:

Sweat a lot.

#MusicExchange: Maya Spector
#MusicExchange: Maya Spector

Martin Myers chats to vocalist and songwriter Maya Spector, who will be performing at her Honey, Heartache & Lockdown show on Saturday, 20 November...

Martin MyersBy Martin Myers 17 Nov 2021

BizcommunityThe best life lesson you have been taught:

Don't believe the hype and stay humble.

BizcommunityDo you get worked up whilst watching a sports game on TV?

Yes, 100%. Orlando Pirates gives me headaches every week.

BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?

In the studio making music.

BizcommunityDo you do charity work and if you do, what do you do?

Yes, I do. I help coaching kids’ basketball at the Klipspruit Sports Center in Soweto.

BizcommunityWishes and dreams:

To be one of the best multi-genre producers and songwriters.

Social media links:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
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