Dan­ger: It’s all in the genes

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Prime Zulu’s sculpted abs were promi­nently fea­tured dur­ing his shirt­less per­for­mance on last week’s episode of The Voice SA – and he has done noth­ing to earn them. “No, I don’t go to gym at all. It is [thanks to the] good genes that I in­her­ited from my late fa­ther. Like fa­ther, like son,” says the 28-year-old. “I started to do crump­ing (hip-hop danc­ing) in 2007, and it is still part of my rou­tine at times when I just want to med­i­tate and re­lease stress.” It is hard to be­lieve that Zulu does not work out, but he was out of breath af­ter a lit­tle fit­ness test of push-ups that City Press made him do. We are now con­vinced that he is not a reg­u­lar at the gym. “Sorry, guys, I can­not do this,” he says. Asked if he con­sid­ers him­self a “hot­tie”, he gig­gles: “I don’t think I’m hot. But I guess what you see is what you get.” Zulu’s voice, with its wide range and rock-star edge, matches his im­pres­sive physique. Two years ago, the KwaMashu-born singer quit his waiter job to fol­low his dream, which he aims to re­alise in trib­ute to his fa­ther, who was a mu­si­cian. If he wins, it will mean mis­sion ac­com­plished for his two daugh­ters, as well as his dad and the rest of his fam­ily, who have sup­ported his goal. His coach, Par­lotones front­man Kahn Mor­bee, gave him the nick­name Dan­ger, which has be­came pop­u­lar on so­cial me­dia. “I think I am called Dan­ger be­cause I am an un­pre­dictable char­ac­ter. I guess it stems from the in­ten­sity I bring to all my per­for­mances,” he sug­gests. Zulu says that ev­ery time he walks on stage, he does so with the sense of heal­ing him­self. “When I per­form I un­lock my raw­ness and let go of the en­er­gies of fear and self-doubt. I carry a lot of emo­tion and weight on my shoul­ders, and the op­por­tu­nity of per­form­ing on such a big stage is hum­bling.” Asked about his big­gest com­peti­tor on the show, he says: “I have a lot of re­spect for all the con­tes­tants, but my big­gest com­peti­tor would have to be my­self. I do not want to fail my­self in this com­pe­ti­tion. I am al­ways do­ing my best to stay on top.”

PHOTO: EL­IZ­A­BETH SEJAKE

The Voice SA cen­tres on the search for the na­tion’s new big star. Prime Zulu, a mu­si­cal theatre ac­tor from KwaMashu in Dur­ban, is chas­ing his dream

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