ProVerb: Man on the move

2012-09-13 11:45

Idols host, Tebogo “ProVerb” Thekisho, on his fourth hip-hop album, surviving Survivor and getting naked.

What ProVerb says:

“I lacked self-confidence and I don’t like feeling self-conscious, so I decided to get healthy.”

ProVerb turns 31 this year.

He knows that time waits for no dude, so he’s making some conscious decisions.

“First things first: I’ve got to start taking better care of my health,” he says.

“It has a lot to do with the industry I work in. I’ve got to look good, man … There’s been loads of endorsement opportunities that I’ve missed in the past, only because I haven’t been the healthiest guy on the scene. Plus I’ve been invited by a local magazine to take part in their Naked Issue, but I’ve declined – twice!”

ProVerb says he’s partnered with what he calls a “functional training group”, which involves a lot of running, use of an open floor and even kettlebells.

“Hell, we can even do workouts at my house,” he says.

“All I need is my bodyweight to do various exercises. Right now it’s very rigorous, very heavy. I’ve lost six kilograms since joining, so I’m making a lot of progress, feeling good, feeling healthy.”

He adds that he has no goal weight in mind. This is a lifestyle change, and he wants it to become a habit.

“I’m serious, bro! I had a treadmill delivered to my house last month. I’m committed to this, it’s for the long haul. I’ve actually converted my home studio into a small gym, so even on my off days I can do some light running and jogging.”

Apart from dedicating time to exercise, ProVerb is in the middle of recording his fourth album.

This time he’s doing the bulk of the production.

“It’s an exciting avenue, because I’ve never done it before, and it’s going very well.”

When the album is done, he’s going to assemble a live band. “Yeah, I’ve earmarked some guys I want to play with,” he reveals.

Quick Q&A

What else are you famous for?
Some might not remember that I came third in Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina!

How many albums have you released?

Three – the first one in 2005 was titled Book of ProVerb, then Manuscript in 2007 and Write of Passage in 2009.

Career plans?
My next stage will be production.

It’s almost a natural evolution for someone like me, because I’m not going to be in front of the cameras forever.

I’d like to work behind the scenes in music or television.


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