He was so dependant on booze and drugs that kwaito icon Kabelo Mabalane didn't think he could record music without them. He was wrong – and he turned his life around.
The year was 2002.
Nearly 12 months later, when he spoke to Drum at that time, Kwaito's former wild child had survived a second sober summer and didn't crave a fix or a drop of alcohol. For the first time in his career, he recorded an album, And The Beat Goes On, without getting drunk or drugged in studio.