The Bootleg Tapes Forest Jam

MABI BEATZ - if you are one of the few who read these kind of liner notes you must have noticed that addition to some of the tracks. It means that when the recording took place a deliberate choice was made to place the recording device closer to Mabi to make the listener aware of the unique MABI BEATZ.
It's not a polished sound release - in our terms BOOTLEG means a (legal) musical recording, especially one made at concerts and rehearsal spaces.  In 2018 ex Malombo and Sakhile drummer Mabi Gabriel Thobejane and the King of the Zulu guitar Madala Kunene - two legends of South African musical history - celebrated 50 years of sharing a stage and lasting friendship by touring South Africa. True to their roles as not just custodians but mentors for a generations of young musicians they featured Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile on drums and Swiss bass- and violin player Matthias to support Mabi's legendary Malombo style of drumming. Lerato Lichaba on electric perfectly complimented Madala Kunene's acoustic playing. Throughout the tour special guests like Kanada Naharati on sitar, Themba Mokoena on electric guitar and Ngwako Manema on xylophone joined the group. Because of budget restrictions we couldn't record the performances properly. So we used devices like ZOOM or even camera sound. Forest Jam producer Robert Trunz in Durban asked sound- and mastering engineer Chris Lewis in London to perform magic and painstakingly retrieve audio recordings to preserve this historic Bootleg Tapes album. This time consuming project was only possible because of the 6 months of lockdown in 2020 during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Sadly this was the last time the two giants worked together. Master drummer Gabriel Segwagwa "Mabi" Thobejane died Thursday, 3 June 2021, at the age of 74. He leaves a little known but giant legay - the man who beat the skins from Malombo to the MATRIX trilogy - rest in peace Bra Bi
LINE UP:
  1. Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba – Batsumi Le Di Piri
  2. Kanada Narahari & Madala Kunene, Mabi Thobejane – Kadal (The Ocean)
  3. Madala Kunene, Kanada Narahari, Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba – Mfo Ka Sbebhu
  4. Madala Kunene, Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba – Abangoma (Mabi Beatz)
  5. Madala Kunene, Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba, Ngwako Manamela – uMsila
  6. Mabi Gabriel Thobejane – Baele (The Giants Are Gone)
  7. Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba – Thokgo
  8. Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba, Madala Kunene – Kgalema
  9. Mabi Thobejane, Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba – Chill Lillo (Mabi Beatz)
  10. Mabi Thobejane, Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba – Sidudla
  11. Madala Kunene, Olombelo Ricky – Durban To Tana
  1. Artist:Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Batsumi
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  2. Artist:Kanada Narahari & Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Kadal The Ocean
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  3. Artist:Madala Kunene, Kanada Narahari & Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Mfo Ka Sbebhu
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  4. Artist:Madala Kunene & Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Abangoma (Mabi's Beatz)
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  5. Artist:Madala Kunene & Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Abangoma (Mabi's Beatz)
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  6. Artist:Madala Kunene & Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Abangoma (Mabi's Beatz)
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  7. Artist:Madala Kunene & Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Abangoma (Mabi's Beatz)
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  8. Artist:Madala Kunene & Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:uMsila
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  9. Artist:Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Baele (The Giants Are Gone)
    Engineer:Chris Lewis in Cullinan
    Producer:Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  10. Artist:Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Thokgo (Mabi Beatz)
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  11. Artist:Paki Peloeole Kgosietsile, Madala Kunene & Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Kgalema
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  12. Artist:Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Chill - Lillo (Mabi Beatz)
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  13. Artist:Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
    Track Name:Sidudla (Mabi Beatz)
    Engineer:Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli & Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  14. Artist:Madala Kunene & Olombelo Ricky
    Track Name:Durban to Tana
    Engineer:Richard Edwards & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz
Madalaline
2024-04-03
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