Kabelo Mabalane

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Birth name Kabelo Mabalane
Born (1976-12-15) 15 December 1976 (age 39)
Origin Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Genres Kwaito, hip hop
Occupation(s) rapper, actor, CEO
Years active 1996–present
Labels Faith Records
Associated acts
Website Official website

Kabelo Mabalane (born 15 December 1976) known by his stage name as Kabelo or Bouga Luv is a South African kwaito musician, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the kwaito trio TKZee. He has opened shows for American world famous musicians such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Ja Rule and Rihanna[1][2] Kabelo co-owns Faith Records, a South African independent music company. He has also been a judge on SA's Got Talent for the past two seasons.[3]

Music career[edit]

Kabelo Dubazana won the 2004 Kora Award for Best Southern Africa Male Artist.[4] Mabalane has also run the Comrades Marathon on three occasions from 2006 to 2008. In 2008 he finished just under the 10-hour mark. He also featured on the August 2008 cover of Runner's World magazine.

In 2005, Kabelo signed a deal with Reebok to produce a sneaker called, Bouga Luv.

Along with his TKZEE bandmates (Tokollo Tshabalala and Zwai Bala) Kabelo performed at 2010 Fifa World Cup Opening Ceremony.

Throughout high school, Kabelo 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.

Personal life[edit]

Kabelo married South African actress, Gail Nkoane, in a private ceremony on February 09, 2013. The couple's daughter, Zoe Leano Mabalane was born on March 28, 2015.[5]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 2000: Everybody Watching
  • 2002: Rebel With A Cause
  • 2003: And the Beat Goes On
  • 2004: Bouga Luv Album
  • 2006: Exodus
  • 2007: I'm A King
  • 2011: Immortal - Vol. 1
  • 2012: Immortal - Vol. 2
  • 2013: Popo Snowmen
  • 2015: Immortal - Vol 3"

Albums with TKZee[edit]

  • 1996: Take It Eazy
  • 1997: Phalafala
  • 1998: Shibobo
  • 1998: Halloween
  • 1999: Guz 2001 (TKZee family)
  • 2001: Trinity
  • 2005: Guz hits
  • 2009: Coming Home


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  4. ^ Kora Awards Report: 2004 Afropop.org, accessed 5 August 2007
  5. ^ "Kabelo and Gail Mabalane welcome birth of first child". SA Breaking News. Retrieved 2015-11-19.