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Sat Jul 30 03:57:42 CAT 2016

Kabelo Mabalane goes to space in his latest music video

Leonie Wagner | 09 February, 2016 15:31
South African Kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane.
Image by: Gallo Images

The multiple award-winning artist‚ known as Bouga Luv‚ released the music video on Tuesday‚ for his single Ska Re Wela featuring house duo Black Motion.

This single‚ taken off his 9th solo album‚ Immortal Vol 3‚ loosely translated means “don’t underestimate us”. The album‚ released in September last year‚ follows Mabalane’s three-year hiatus as a recording artist.

Ska Re Wela is a hit but the music video is somewhat convoluted. It transitions from a press conference to projections of African leaders’ names on a wall before heading to space.

With that said‚ it’s a welcome change from the usual spinning cars and chisa nyama-inspired kwaito music videos.

The video aptly ends with the phrase “The last shall be first and the first shall be last. Africa is rising”.

Despite the seemingly haphazard transitions‚ it may be a case of the message being more important than the method.

Mabalane said: “Space is such an unattainable thing in the eyes of the world‚ what this video is saying is that it is attainable. It’s a metaphor for anything the world thinks Africa can’t achieve.”

Speaking about the collaboration with Black Motion‚ he added that the duo “reignited” his passion for music and that the experience was inspiring.

Mabalane’s album has been nominated for Best Kwaito Album in the upcoming Metro FM Awards. He said: “When your work is appreciated‚ it’s a nice feather in your cap and a pat on the back.”

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