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 over 4 decades.

Thabang Tabane himself a musical inspiration learned to play drums by watching his uncle Mabi Thobejane who was the co-founder of Malombo in the 60’s. No wonder then that at an early age, Thabang became the sideman in his dad’s band. He has toured places such as Russia, Sweden, Togo, London, and the USA with Malombo and Thandiswa Mazwayi.

In 2002 he joined his uncle Mabi Thobejane and some of the finest acoustic musicians in his home country to record an album produced by Ben Amato. It was at the same time that he joined the percussion group PedXulu for a number of concerts including one at the Cape Town North Sea Jazz Festival and the Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg. PedXulu a.o. featured Amampondo members, Mabi Thobejane, Ricky Randimbarison from Madagascar and Byron Wallen from the UK.

Thabang is now leading a worldclass band from his township Mamelodi working hand in hand with Given Mphago, Zakhele Ntuli and at times they collaborate with Dr Philip. Thabang is an individual who is dedicated to excellence and has a deep understanding of music in general and that makes him and his band cultural emissaries.

This performance by Thabang Tabane at U – The Space is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
U THE SPACE is a multi-disciplinary Art venue that prides itself in supporting the Arts and Artists both locally and internationally. We excel in showcasing Artists that are doing great work in the Arts sector. Our Live Music Program hosts two artists every month in showcasing their craft. These music presentation by varies Artists creates a window for Live Music lovers in Tshwane to see the current state of South African music scene

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway.

Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

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Venue: Old Fire Station
Saturday 02 July
Time: 6pm
Address: 146 Minnaar Street, Bosman (Central), City of Tshwane