Gabisile Motuba, popularly known as Gabi Motuba, is a 24 year old jazz vocalist born in Pretoria 1992. She studied at Tshwane University of Technology and completed her studies in 2013. Gabi first became introduced to the notion of music from primary school (Arcadia) where she began to discover her vocal abilities. During her formal studies at the Pretoria High School for Girls, she was exposed to many singing competitions which would influence her in making music a professional career choice. University then became a place to explore her passion and musical taste which led to listening to the likes of Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding and Concha Buika.
After having completed her studies, Gabi Motuba began to form a band called THE TRIP with prominent jazz musicians based in Johannesburg and Pretoria. She was also part of the renowned album (PROJECT ELO) by drummer Tumi Mogorosi, as a singer and songwriter. She has performed with numerous young, prominent artists of South Africa e.g. Nduduzo Makhatini, Malcolm Jiyane, Mthunzi Mvubu.
The latest project which Gabi Motuba has embarked on, is her debut album Sanctum Sanctorium which she has co-composed with drummer, Tumi Mogorosi in late 2015. The album is due for release in September 2016. The album is a collaboration between Switzerland and South Africa. The album also features the world-renowned Swiss pianist, Malcolm Braff. Gabi Motuba is also working on a duo project called The Wretched which is based on the book The Wretched of The Earth by Fantz Fanon.