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Sunday, September 13, 2015


On September 21, the United Nations “Day of Peace” is celebrated and in light of this day, a party for Peace – named Earthdance - will held nationally as well as globally in over 600 locations in 60 countries.

Master Drummer Mabi Gabriel Thobejane who hails from Mamelodi and now living in Ga-Rankuwa, a township located about 37 km north of Pretoria, will be the main headliner at this year’s KZN leg of Earthdance 2015.

Having been in the industry since 1966, Thobejane who is known for his Traditional, jazz and trance sounds, is a veteran master drummer and, at an early stage, watched and learned the drumming of the Balobedu tribe gathering in his neighbourhood.

He was first noticed by his Uncle Phillip Tabane - one of the great African guitarists, and was asked to join him as the drummer. This collaboration formed one of the top bands in South Africa in the 70's - the Malombo Jazzmen. In 1996, through the introduction of the label M.E.L.T. 2000, Thobejane teamed up with Ben Watkins, a British musician Dizu Plaatjes, Mandla Lande and Simphiwe Matole of Amampondo fame, to create Juno Reactor– with which he toured for over a decade. He was also the Lead Percussion with Juno Reactor on the soundtrack of the blockbuster film, The Matrix.

Earthdance will celebrate its 19th year from 5h00 on September 18 to September 20 at The Prawn Shak in the Ngoye District, Dokodweni Beach and is presented by Cosmic Collective, Emithini, Urban Shaman & Friends and The Green Camp.

Tickets cost R250 through

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