The team at Gallo Record Company were shocked and saddened yesterday afternoon after receiving calls around the sudden passing of iconic radio host and DJ, Bob Mabena.
We have lost an incredible gentleman and a stalwart radio legend.
“The team are shocked and devastated by the news that we received this afternoon. We were in the beginning stages of launching his new House music collection together, Jammers House 1, which Bob was extremely excited about and were looking forward to working on this project with him. We extend our most heartfelt condolences and thoughts to his family and loved ones left behind” says GM of Gallo Music Group, Rob Cowling.
Having been part of the music industry for over 30 years and spent many years as a club DJ and mainstream artist, Bob Mabena featured on a number of key local radio stations from Radio Bop many years ago up to the current year on Power FM, where he hosted the wildly popular morning breakfast show.
The team at Gallo Record Company were in the launch phases of a brand new series of house music albums to be released over the next few years and Bob’s excitement and passion about the new project and the launch was invigorating and inspiring to all who had the pleasure of working with him. It is incredibly sad that he will not get to see the results of his passion.
Says Mark Connor, entertainment entrepreneur who was involved in the Jammers House project, “What a legend and what an incredible man. When he asked me to part of his old school album, I leapt at the opportunity, and he made the process a dream. Bob was an absolute pleasure to work with, from his professionalism and humility to his impeccable ethics. We all shared his excitement when we had completed the final track list, and Bob was overwhelmed with the support from colleagues and friends across the industry and we all knew this was going to be a special album. We are in complete shock that the incredibly special ‘Bob Mabena’ has left us, his final swansong as it turns out. This album will no doubt be a fitting tribute to a great man, a wonderful selection of classic songs, to remember a CLASSIC MAN.”
May you rest in peace Bob, it was a pleasure working with you, and your presence will be sorely missed.