Bob Mabena on Monday marked the end of a glorious and colorful entertainment career for the 51-year-old!he passing away of
Paying tribute to Bob Mabena, RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi remembered him as a pioneer of modern urban radio. With his swag and charming demeanor, he personified the word ‘cool’. His gift behind the microphone was peerless and his sharp mind unmatched.
“We hold enduring memories of his talent as a SAMA Best Rap winner and a SAMA host. He graciously agreed to be one of the hosts to mark the milestone 25 year anniversary of the SAMA last year and he and Melanie Bala brought back the magic they were known for from the days of 1990s television music show Studio Mix,” reads a statement issued by RiSA.
Uncle Bob, as Mabena was lovingly called in the industry, was a man of stature and great influence. A giant of popular culture, he inspired generations as he proved time and again that it was possible for a black child from the township to rise to the top and remain consistent.
As the elder statesman of radio with experience stretching as far back as 1989 on Radio Bop, Mabena was a repository of knowledge. At his death, he was Head of Programming at MSG Afrika and PowerFM breakfast show host.
Bob Mabena’s legacy is one of selflessness. He gave his life to radio and entertainment. He was generous in his teachings and opened doors for many more broadcasters. His dream was to open a school in Pretoria teaching Pan-African education in early childhood.
Our (RiSA) heartfelt condolences go to his wife Eucharist, his children, the entire Mabena family, colleagues at PowerFM, and other media platforms, as well as to the fans and admirers of his work.
May the soul of Bob Mabena rest in peace.
Robala ka Kagiso Uncle Bob!