He has spawned many kwaito hits with the group TKZee and as a solo artist, and as of the next season of SA’s Got Talent, Kabelo Mabalane will be on the judging panel.
Mabalane was announced as the new judge of the etv talent show today. Although his appointment has been somewhat of an industry open secret, Mabalane said he was thrilled about his latest accomplishment. Calling this shift in his career a “maturity phase”, Mabalane said it was a nice feather in his cap. “This adds equity and credibility to my career. Of course, it’s a challenge, you are dealing with people’s lives, hopes and dreams,” said Mabalane." His excitement palpable, Mabalane seems to have no expectations of his role being an easy one.
Mabalane comes across as level-headed, as if he is ready for the long haul ahead. Balancing being a musician, Shout SA ambassador and judge, Mabalane says he knows how to schedule his time effectively.
“My father taught me that you have to make time for everything,” he says. With a plan in hand to work around the clock if needs be, Mabalane says he is keen to get involved in this season and garner experience.
On what he brings to the judging table, Mabalane believes first-hand knowledge of the music industry will set him apart.
“With each season there is a bigger ratio of performing artists. As one myself, I believe I am qualified and experienced and will be able to provide insight and identify with the contestants.”
It will help too that Mabalane has an infectious laugh which is bound to resonate with both the ladies and gents. He is also looking to be entertained by the acts set to audition for the judges.
On what viewers can expect from him, Mabalane says that honesty is his priority. “Honesty is the best policy, but I am charismatic as well. I am the type of person to break you to build you.”
A firm believer in inspiring others, Mabalane says that one of his personal power principles is hard work.
“Hard work wins over raw talent and one has got to be like water – adaptable. Water is able to mould itself to whatever container you put it in, so being teachable and adaptable is important. Also if you do the same thing you get the same results, so do things differently and the opposite will happen,” says Mabalane.
Kabelo shares his tips for winning the judges over:
• Be realistic about your talent. Ask people to be brutally honest about it first and then audition.
• Be teachable.
• Fear is part and parcel of auitioning so embrace your fear and make the best out of it.
• Have a tough skin and a teachable spirit.
• Stay focused.
• Have lots of fun.