Born Thebe Mogane in Polokwane, Limpopo in 1973. He is married with 3 kids. Thebe broke into the music industry by default. He studied sound engineering and wanted to work behind the scenes. Fate would not have it, while staying with Bruce Sebitlo and working as a club DJ, Thebe and Bruce composed songs for friends and to be played in clubs, not looking for any record deal. Oscar “Oskido” heard the songs whilst playing at the same club as Thebe and offered him a record deal right away. The first album, Tempy Life, was the actual demo tracks that were just mixed and
The single “Philly” went on to become a hit reaching Gold Status and Thebe went on to record twelve Hit albums, receiving massive airplay and performing extensively all over South Africa in a music career panning 15 years selling over 450 000 copies. He is the most consistent artist in the Kwaito circles in terms of music and live performance. That is what led to the titles of the recent album, The Legend, and the previous album recorded was aptly titled “Last Man Standing”. Drawing from jazz influences Thebe
Takes Kwaito to another dimension.
Thebe is undoubtedly one of the hottest performing artists around fusing different elements to his show and recently started performing with a live band, a first for Kwaito. His show involves the fans with his infectious sing along and his dance moves.
After so many years in the industry, married, with three boys, Thebe decided it to reinvent himself in line with his current state and age. Deciding to no longer be the “bad boy” of Kwaito, he teamed up with his long time producer to bring back the “original” Thebe. “I realised I’m not getting any younger and my original fans have grown somewhat as well”, he states.
The new album, Thebe The Legend, took two years to record because “we wanted it to be perfect”, he says, and perfect it is. It is a ten-track masterpiece with a very warm and mature sound. The original compositions are distinctly refreshing- evoking authentic expressions of contemporary music. A fusion of Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu and Xitsonga lyrics are irresistibly intoxicating. The producers on this album under the direction of Bruce Dope brought their A game.
This time Thebe is in charge of a defiantly singular music vision, one that sees him co-produce, collaborate and delivering performances that will leave fans gasping. He has collaborated with young artists as to not alienate his young fans. He has collaborated with Ifani, HHP, Bloq Magandi and Kruna. He has also collaborated with Georgie, a popular radio DJ and not forgetting the sultry Zonke.
The first single from the album, Thixo Ndiyabulela, is a continuation from Groover’s Prayer, this time thanking God for keeping everyone alive and safe through the perils of the world. I features a young vocalist Bloq Magandi, signed to his own label, Chizboy Records. It is earning a significant airplay and receiving a positive response from listeners and fans at live performances.
- Tempy Life
- Tempy Pusher 1
- Top Dawg
- The Vibe Continues
- The Rocka
- Black Diamond
- Last Man Standing
- The Legend