His star was on the rise. He was recording music with the who's who in South Africa and was trending for all the right reasons.
Singing sensation Martin Mphelo seemed to have his life on track, until he didn't.
He was discovered by Mlindo The Vocalist and Nyiko (Mlindo’s manager) and was taken off the streets, where he had been living for a while.
Now he's gone back. "I'm homeless," Martin tells Drum in a text.
It all started after Mlindo pleaded with South Africa to help him find Martin because he wanted to work on a song with him after a video of him singing went viral.
They found the talented singer and got him off the streets.
Mlindo’s manager, Nyiko organized an apartment for Martin to live in and had gotten him multiple jobs including an acting gig on etv’s Rhythm City.
Martin has had a tough past and had recently been released from prison when he was discovered by Mlindo.
In a series of tweets his manager Nyiko reported that Martin had gone back to the streets and that they had been trying to track his whereabouts ever since.
Speaking to Drum, Nyiko says that he is concerned about Martin and they are trying all they can to find him again and get him a rehab.
“We are dealing with someone who is used to being on the streets and we cannot expect to change him within a day. He clearly has a substance issue, he got kicked out of the place that we got for him. They were complaining about his behavior and when I found out I tried coming up with a plan for him. I saw all the tweets and messages of people saying that they saw Martin on the streets, and they were asking me what's happening that is when I decided to send out a tweet about it”.
Been getting calls and texts about Martin that his back on the streets ... well it’s news to me ?? I hear he left the place and the job we got him and there’s things he allegedly did, the last time I saw him I was dropping food for him which is probably 2 weeks ago ... #Thread— Nyiko ♠? (@NyikoTheGreat) October 3, 2020
Nyiko says that he is surprised, and he is aware that he is calling different people asking for money.
“I knew what we were dealing from the onset and for some reason I knew that this was going to happen, I just didn’t think that it would be so soon. We are now back to the drawing board; we are going to look for him all around Johannesburg and we will get him a rehab. I have been recording a documentary about his story and journey to success, this is where things start getting interesting”, he says.
Well ..I knew this was going to happen coz change doesn’t happen in a day ,I had hope all will be well ...right now I need to 1st find him again,have a chat with him again & find out what happened ,I promised him that I’ll help him & I’ll keep my promise ?? #MartinStoryContinues— Nyiko ♠? (@NyikoTheGreat) October 3, 2020
He says that he will still record the documentary to be as authentic as it can possibly be. Nyiko says that he is disappointed at how things are happening.
“I have delivered at all the things that I have promised him, but he has done the opposite. I have already gotten him a rehab, but he does not know. When we met him, he said he was not on any substance, when someone is using substances, they think that they are smart. He eventually opened to me to tell me he been battling with substance addiction”.
Martin is a very talented Person & his been through a lot ,very smart guy too & has potential to be anything he wants to be & we won’t give up on him ,we also ask everyone to assist us to help him , ?? it’s so interesting that we knew that this will happen #MartinStoryContinues— Nyiko ♠? (@NyikoTheGreat) October 3, 2020
“I’m going to ask him if he wants to go to rehab because we are trying to change his life. We understand that it will not happen in a day, we are willing to make a plan for him. We not giving up on him.”