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Mabi Gabriel Thobejane (Malombo)
Madiba ....................................... BW 086 M.E.L.T.
4. Thabo Tando Nico
5. Dom Pass
9. Madiba (Part 1)
10. Gae - Way Home
11. Madiba (Part 2)
One of South Africa's most venerable musicians, a veteran of bands such as Malombo and Sakhile, Mabi Gabriel Thobejane is a natural born drummer. Known in the West as the
"Conga King" he has worked with Robert 'Doc' Mthalane, Pops Mohamed, Sipho Gumede, Madala
Kunene and Busi Mhlongo. Interested in bringing traditional music to a wider audience he
has more recently collaborated with premier trance outfit Juno Reactor featuring on both
'Bible of Dreams' and the latest album 'Shango'. Touring with Juno and Amampondo in 97
and 98 the team recently hit the road again with the 'Shango' world tour.
Juno Reactor; Mabi Thobejane
Shango ............................. ELMSA 8033 M.E.L.T.
5. Masters Of The Universe
6. Nitrogen (Part 1)
7. Nitrogen (Part 2)
9. Song For Ancestors
Mabi Thobejane; Dan Mampone
Melodi ....................................... MZA 049 M.E.L.T.
1. Ke Go Rata Bobe
2. Relax Baba
3. Kae Kae
4. Re A Go Boka
5. Mmabanyana Pt.
16. Ragga Da
9. My Destiny
10. A Re Yeng
11. You Raise Me Up
12. Mmabanyana Pt.2
Thabang Tabane; Mabi Thobejane
Africa TM .................................. MZA 011 M.E.L.T.
2. Loopygroove 3
4. Thairimba Pt.2
6. Longbeach Jam
8. Loopy Groove
10. Bernard's Groove
11. Shangaan Groove
12. Loopy Groove 2
14. Snuff Box 1
15. Thairimba Pt.2
16. Snuff Box 2
collaboration is between Young and Old. This is a Family project.
South African born, Thabang is the heir to the father and founder of
the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane who has gained international
reputation for being the leader of legendary Malombo for 4 decades.
Mabi was born in Mamelodi (Pretoria, South Africa) and at an early
stage watched and learned the drumming of the Balobedu tribe gathering
in his neighborhood. Thabang Tabane himself a musical inspiration
learned to play drums by watching his uncle Mabi Thobejane (King of the
Congo) who was the cofounder of Malombo in the 60's.
Together they have arranged a stunning contemporary African Percussive
meets traditional Venda and Pedi themed Album.
These two talented and related drummers, representing separete
generations, have left their comfort zones and put together an Album
far removed from their usual styles, which makes the music all the more
Produced by Ben Amato, this Album show cases, the African Drum, mbire
djembe thai marimba and an interesting vocal presentation.
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