Mashabela slays the arts industry with his versatility

Mashabela slays the arts industry with his versatility

-Mashabela is the first SA comedian to be nominated for the SAMA's

- He was nominated for best Kwaito Album

- A man of many talents and he will not be stopping here

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Mashabela Galane is largely credited with bringing Pedi comedy to life. This now comedian is looking to add yet another record to his name.

Galane is the first comedian to be nominated for a South African Music Awards (Samas) going for Best Kwaito Album. This funnyman was born in Limipopo.

It is extremely difficult to organize an interview with this comedian/musician turned businessman. He was only available for a telephonic tête-à-tête on his music nod.

Turning every question posed to him into a joke, Galane is a very chilled person. After funny talk about a thousand uses for moringa tree, he is reminded the reason for the interview.

"Oh yes, the award [nomination] is a great achievement. I won't lie, I still can't believe it even now. I feel like it's a joke because I am used to jokes. This is quite an achievement for me. If you listen to that album, every track is kwaito," he says.

The ceremony billed for Sun City next month, Galane’s album, titled Bona That Rural Dream, is up against a mixture of seasoned musos and up-and-coming artists.

Galane faces steep competition in dance queen Chomee, new group Trendsetters and gqom music favourite Busiswa.

Galane is not new at winning awards. On the list is numerous comedy awards like the Ekusasa Youth Awards and the Savanna Comic Choice Award. As a musician, Galane is not taking anything for granted.

"My biggest problem is Busiswa. I met her the other day and I told her to go home and spend time with her new baby and give some of us a chance to win," he jokes.

Recording songs for the past six years, Galane performs the songs each time he start his comedy sessions. "Music is my passion. I go to studio and usually I would record as many songs as I can, and then before I knew it I had a lot of songs... which make the 12 tracks for this album," he adds.

Galane's album is the first by a kwaito artist to be nominated in the Best Kwaito.

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Galane found it very difficult to crack it into the music industry. Radio stations were reluctant and did not take his music seriously.

"I went to one of these big radio stations when I released my first single Papao o Rata Mmao, and they told me that the track was fine but that I should remove the lyrics and remain with beats only," Galane recalls.

He then released Chiwana with King Monada of the Ska Bhora Moreki fame last year.

Even though it tackles social ills and challenges faced in homes, Galane doesn’t lose the comedy side with the lyrics, much like Spykos did in the past.

For example we look at Papago A Robale Gae. It’s all about wayward fathers in the throes of midlife crisis behaving like adolescents on social media.

He features iFani on O Mo Rate, in which he advises men to love their women. Zaka, featuring Thabo Spirit, extols the virtues of being monied and affording whatever you need. Nna Nkhezebe with Candy is an entertaining, upbeat Khilobedu track.

"In Limpopo we have our own music but it is not recognised as much as other music genres, it is not even played on national radio stations. We need to tap into the national market," he says.

With comedy remaining his passion, Galane is performing his one-man comedy show at Carnival City in July.

Moringa gin is making waves in the alcohol industry, which he says is in demand. "I don't even have any bottles left at the moment.

"The gin is handmade in Limpopo and I'm currently working on getting more stores to supply it country-wide."

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