Bad boy gone good

By Drum Digital
04 August 2010

KWAITO bad boy, womaniser, sensationalist, publicity seeker – you name it, he’s been called all these things and more. But the guy we meet today seems more concerned with his wilting banana tree than his reputation.

Standing in the garden of his peach-painted three-bedroom home in Fairland, north of Joburg, he shakes his head, frowning. The leaves of the tree are yellow, a sure sign it was damaged by the cold snap the city suffered recently. And Doc is devastated. “As soon as I felt the shivering cold I knew the trees were in trouble,” the 37-year-old laments.It’s hard to believe this is the same Doc (real name Victor Bogopane), the star famous for hits such as Sgumfethe, Ebumnandini and Ingakara. He’s been a prominent figure on the kwaito scene since the release of his first album, Sgumfethe, in 1997 and in that time has made quite a name for himself as a party boy.

Last year was a controversial one for the singer. Not only did his marriage end in a messy divorce, fraught with allegations that he physically abused his now ex-wife, he was also accused of using a bad-taste cover to sell his latest CD, Charma Boy.

On the sleeve Doc shares a “banana kiss” and licks a cherry with an attractive young woman – pictures that critics and religious leaders said bordered on the pornographic.

But now Doc is shedding his notorious image faster than it takes Caster Semenya to finish an 800 m race. Still Doc, dressed today in baggy shorts, a white golf shirt and with his trademark cap covering half his face, is no pushover.

Things must be done his way or not at all, he tells us in no uncertain terms.

“If you’re going to ask me questions about my private life I’m not interested,” he warns in his loud high-pitched voice as he moves his slick silver BMW X5 from the driveway so we can park our car.

What he wants to talk about is African Musicians Against HIV and Aids (Amaha), the organisation he helped form to care for South Africa’s destitute and needy. Doc is its chief executive officer and Amaha’s deeds include handing out food parcels to the elderly and Aids orphans. Amaha has also been staging workshops to educate up-and-coming musicians and the youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.

Read the full article in DRUM of 12 August 2010

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