We are joined by South African Music legend, Ishmael Morabe. He has had a successful solo career and was apart of one of the biggest music groups in the 2000s alongside fellow legends Bongani Fassie and Da L.E.S, as part of ‘Jozi’. Along with those incredible highs came some very dark lows, in his life, luckily now he has managed to overcome them.
The North West singer moved to Johannesburg after quieting school in grade 10, where he was also apart of the school band, to go and pursue of a music career. During this time he was staying in Hilbrow, working as a cleaner and doing odd jobs in clubs and garages. This where he met legendary music producer Chicco Twala, who introduced him to fellow music producers Mandla Spikiri and Mdu Masilela, who would go on to get him his big break. During the start of his career he signed to Ghtetto Ruff Records, and was put in groups such as ‘Prophets of the City’ and ‘Skeem’. He would then go on to depart from the label and went on to join 999 Records.
He found moderate success there at the label, but would eventually go on to leave and return to Ghetto Ruff, which was when he met Bongani Fassie, Da L.E.S and Crazy Lu, and one of the most iconic hip hop groups was created, Jozi. It was during this time that he got caught up in the world of drugs and suffered from a cocaine addiction, where he would even spend up R10 000 a weekend on it. He would go on to use drugs on and off for around ten years before checking himself into rehab 2011. He has been clean ever since his time in rehab.