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Dr. Bone, rapper and KZN son has kicked off 2016 with all engines roaring. He releases his new single, featuring the late Mtshengiseni “iNdidane” Gcwensa on 26 February 2016. The single was recorded just days before iNdidane’s passing.
Says Dr Bone, “No one in the world will understand the power of this collaboration, the power that Mtshengiseni, my idol, possessed, no one will understand how lucky I am, for Mtshengiseni to do this song with me, from his sickbed. I had spoken to him after the song was mixed and we had agreed to meet a few days later. The next day I saw the headlines that he had passed on. His excitement about this song was immeasurable. He left me the best gift that I will forever cherish.”
Dr. Bone released his anticipated debut album Lindelani in April 2016 through Warner Music. “ Dr Bone comments, “ All we wanted to do was have fun and travel the world and learn about different sounds and cultures, but this journey led me to a door, I never even knew I could open.”
Says Tracy Fraser, MD of Warner Music South Africa, “Dr Bone is such an exciting artist and we are thrilled to be working with him and Keke Mokoena Brands. I have no doubt that 2016 will be Dr. Bone’s year.”
Lindelani features 14 new songs, including Fak’umoya, the first single, which has received massive radio support and won Bone the prestigious SATMA Award for Best Rap Song in 2014.
Dr. Bone was born Bandile Maphalala in Bergville, a small town in the foothills of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. At the age of 12 he moved to Durban. He started his career in the entertainment industry as a dancer, a founding member of the group AmaRiffifi, a pantsula crew, who left a mark on the dance scene in the early 2000s and gave Bandile his name – his moves were so intricate and acrobatic, that it looked like he was breaking his bones on stage. While dancing and touring the country, he was inspired by the reality of the ghetto and the rags to riches raps of Hiphop. His early influencers include 50cent, Kanye West, Reflection Eternal, Umfaz’ Omnyama and Mtshengiseni Gcwensa.
He started producing beats and working on his own rhymes and quickly made a name for himself throughout KZN. Over the past year, he has been putting the finishing touches on his debut album with friend and producer, Nkocy Gasa and been travelling the world, playing to audiences across the African continent, as well as Europe and the USA.