Kabelo Mabalane on his longest race yet - ‘I’m celebrating 20 years clean and sober this year’

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Kabelo Mabalane with his wife, Gail. The artist is thrilled to be 20 years sober and clean from drugs this year.
Kabelo Mabalane with his wife, Gail. The artist is thrilled to be 20 years sober and clean from drugs this year.
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He was so dependant on booze and drugs that kwaito icon Kabelo Mabalane didn't think he could record music without them. He was wrong – and he turned his life around.

The year was 2002.

Nearly 12 months later, when he spoke to Drum at that time, Kwaito's former wild child had survived a second sober summer and didn't crave a fix or a drop of alcohol. For the first time in his career, he recorded an album, And The Beat Goes On, without getting drunk or drugged in studio.

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