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Dr Malinga Kicking poverty to the curb

By Faeza
18 August 2016

IT'S impossible to talk about Afro-pop singer Dr Malinga, real name Goodwill Malinga,

and not think about his highly energetic dance moves. While many people may believe

that he lives on cloud nine 24/7 because of his bubbly personality, the 36-year-old muso tells Move! that he also faces challenges. But the father of two kids, Tiisetso (10) and Victoria (4), says he doesn't entertain problems but kicks them to the curb.

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FAMILY LEGACY

Dr Malinga, who was born in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, says he is here to change his family's legacy. He says he lived in poverty for years and he's glad that he's been able to change all that through his music career. He adds that he now encourages his family to always strive for a debt-free life. “Life has taught me to respect money and live for myself and my family. I teach my family to stay humble and never to impress people with how much money we have. I have seen many people in this industry, who were earning thousands of rands at some point, struggling to make ends meet when their careers end because they always wanted to show off,” says the Via Orlando singer.

He says he is where he is today because of the support from his fiancée, Boitumelo Mosupye. “I'm lucky to have someone like Boitumelo in my life because we

complement each other very well. Dr Malinga opens up to Nomkhosi Miya about how

he got his groove back after struggling for many years

KICKING POVERTY TO THE CURB

Dr Malinga with his fiancée, Boitumelo Mosupye, kids Victoria and Tiisetso, and Busisiwe Ndlovu She understands my vision and the way I choose to live my life,” says the former Turn Up and Dance judge. “She is the love of my life. We met in 2009 and my life has never been the same. I will be finishing the lobola negotiations very soon.” Dr Malinga, who believes that it's important to take care of his family, has built a house for his mother and furnished it. He also plans to build one for his father.

LOOKING BACK

Some people refuse to take Dr Malinga seriously because of his personality but he tells Move! that it is his confidence and character that got him where he is today. “I’ve come a long way before releasing my debut album, First Ejection, with Kalawa Jamzee Records. I used to imitate gospel star Rebecca Malope’s voice at some point but I realised that there

were so many people who sounded like her. I had to learn to be okay with who I am and once I did that, I discovered that people cannot get enough of the Linga-Love,” says

the muso, who owns his own label Lingas Entertainment.

THE TURNING POINT IN HIS LIFE

Dr Malinga tells Move! that during his dark days, he attended Rebecca Malope's concert at Rhema Bible Church in Johannesburg with no taxi fare to return back home. He says when the concert was postponed, he ended up sleeping in the church’s hall. He says that was

the turning point in his life. From that day on, he worked hard to make sure that his dream of being part of the entertainment industry came true. Dr Malinga has released a new

single titled, Sengizwile, which has a quirky story behind it. “The song is about a man who

has had enough of his cheating girlfriend. At first, he thought the girl was perfect. Little did he know that the girl would cheat on him,” he explains. With the record that Dr Malinga has in the entertainment industry, this song is sure to be a hit. M