TV personality and rapper Jub Jub has remade his 13-year-old hit Ndikhokhele Bawo with industry heavyweights, to raise funds for the families of the four school children he and his friend killed in a drag racing accident in 2010.
The rapper, real name Molemo Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala, were in 2012 jailed for four years after they were convicted of culpable homicide. The controversial musician was released on parole three years ago.
In the swanky Cotton Lounge in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Wednesday night, the rapper said he had “prophesied” about the song in 2007 because it spoke to the tragedy that would strike on that fateful day in Soweto in 2010.
Rebecca Malope, Benjamin Dube, Lebo Sekgobela, Mlindo The Vocalist, Nathi Mankayi, duo Black Diamond and Judith Sephuma, who have worked on the project, were in attendance.
Maarohanye said these artists had helped him emotionally and financially during his trial and incarceration as he “went broke”. He singled out Malope and Dube for helping him when he was in prison.
“I have not been cool [since the accident], I entertain you because it’s my job. But I’m still coping with it,” he said.
“All the proceedings of this song will go to the families [of the deceased] and please don’t ask how because they deserve privacy while they heal,” he added.
“I was not capable of doing what I’m about to do now since 2017. I have not been in contact with the families because of my parole conditions and I respect the law. I will never try to buy a family. I’m living with these scars,” he stated.
He said he couldn’t do it sooner because he was broke and had finally found the strength to do it now.
His friend of 32 years, TV personality Somizi Mhlongo, told the guests that Maarohanye faced “hard times”, after the tragic accident and its repercussions. He said he was “remorseful because he understood that it [accident] affected families”.
* The remake will be available on November 1.