Kabelo Mabalane Biography

Kabelo Mabalane Bouga Luv, Kwaito Musician, Motivational Speaker, Fitness fanatic

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 world famous musicians such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Ja Rule and Rihanna. 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.  

Birth name Kabelo Mabalane
Born 15 December 1976 (age 40)
Origin Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Genres Kwaito, hip hop
Occupation(s) rapper, actor, CEO
Years active 1996–present
Labels Faith Records
Associated acts
  • Danny K
  • Hip Hop Pantsula
Website Official website

Music career

Kabelo Mabalane won the 2004 Kora Award for Best Southern Africa Male Artist. 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, 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.

Personal life

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.

Kabelo Mabalane Autobiography

Kabelo launched his very first book on 6 October 2015, ‘I Ran After My Life‘, which is an autobiography which speaks about his upbringing, his music career and how running saved his life.

The book reveals to it’s readers the journey of the former TKZee artist, “from being a multi-platinum-selling musician, through the highs and lows of drug addiction, to finding hope and life again through running (eight Comrades Marathons and counting) and his faith”.

The book was written by journalist Nechama Brodie, who spent close to a year working on the book. Mabalane, who is also a motivational speaker amongst many titles, hopes to inspire many with the story of his life, highlighting that he has overcome many hardships and that his story is a story of hope.


Solo albums

  • 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

  • 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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