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Babo

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Babo

A combination of multi award-winning gospel heavyweight Deborah Fraser and a relatively unkown Babo Ngcobo - call that a match made in heaven.

Deborah has just released her first-ever gospel artist, Babo Ngcobo under her stable, Abanye Bayombona, which is licenced to Universal Music. Not only that, Debs, as she is popularly known in the music industry, has added her Midas touch to Babo's album titled Siyabonga Baba, meaning We Thank You Lord (2006).

The 10-track album is also a personal victory for the KwaMashu, Durban-born Babo, who has been knocking tirelessly at the music doors, but with no luck. At one stage, in 1996, he even went to stay in Umthatha, in the Eastern Cape to pursue his God-given talent of singing.

There he joined a gospel group, Kingdom Heirs, where he was the lead singer, and he even had a chance of recording an album with the group. They recorded an album with mbaqanga heavyweights, "Black" Moses Ngwenya, an organist of internatioanlly acclaimed Soul Brothers and the late Japan Sidoyi, a member of Imitshotshovu Yoqobo.

Apart from singing gospel, Babo comes from a family backround which is religious. His grandfather, Amos Ngcobo, from Melmoth, in Kwazulu Natal, was a Bishop of Full African Gospel Church. Deborah had heard Babo sing before, but she was only convinced when Avante member and fellow Durban homeboy Linda Gcwensa recommended him to her. That did not take long for Deborah to decide that Babo will be the first artist that Abanye Bayombona would sign directly.

"I saw a potential in Babo. I decided to sign him after checking that he was not tied to any recording company. He is talented and he has an amazing voice.

"Apart from making him my artist, I wanted to protect his voice, and his voice needs exposure. I want people to listen to Babo and appreciate his talent. I have seen artists being exploited and not being paid righfully, and since I also went through that, I don"t want Babo to experience that too," says Deborah.

Babo is flattered, surprised by Deborah's actions and at the same time, he is grateful that he was chosen by a top musician to work with.

"For me it was a dream come true just to be recorded by Sis' Deborah. I am surprised that a professional person like her realised that I am talented when other people just doubted me. I am also greatful with the fact that apart from coaching me when she produced the album, I also got a chance of collaborating with her - something which is rare in this music business," says Babo.