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Meet Kabelo Mabalane

South African Kwaito musician, songwriter and media personality.

He is also the co-founder of the SHOUT campaign with fellow muso Danny K – a call for artists and South Africans to SHOUT for a safer South Africa. Kabelo’s music career started in 1996 when he met high school friends Zwai Bala and Tokollo Tshabalala at St. Stithians to form the group TKZee. The group arrived on the kwaito scene releasing singles “Take It Easy” and then “Phalafala” which became a national anthem for the December holidays that year. “Shibobo” was yet again another single released in 1998, featuring Benni McCarthy. This was at the height of the soccer fever during the France World Cup, for which South Africa had qualified. The single was produced by Zwai and went on to become South Africa’s fastest and biggest selling single ever reaching over 280,000 units.

Throughout high school, Mabalane was very active in sports. In 2005 he started to prepare for the Comrades Marathon, a 93 km race. Since 2006, to date, Kabelo has entered and completed five of the races. In 2008 the South African Sports Confederation Olympics Committee (SASCOC) chose Kabelo to be an Olympic Ambassador. In April 2010 Kabelo was named as the presenter of a new multi-sport and lifestyle talk-show on South Africa’s SABC2 channel that airs on Fridays at 21:30. At the 30th SAB Sports Journalist of the Year Awards, on 6 September 2010, Kabelo was rewarded with two awards, in Best Newcomer Overall and Best Newcomer Television Presenter.


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