Killing charts like Van Damme

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When his smash hit Van Damme was an­nounced as SABC’s Song of the Year and num­ber one on Ukhozi FM at mid­night last Satur­day, he thought he was dream­ing.

Mroza Fakude (31) told City Press on Fri­day that he never ex­pected that his song would win the cov­eted gong.

Fig­ures au­dited by ac­count­ing firm Sizwe Nt­saluba Go­bodo show that Van Damme took the num­ber one spot with 176 452 votes, while Ska Bhora Moreki was placed sec­ond with 132 616 and Wololo bagged third place with 125 863.

Many peo­ple didn’t ex­pect Van Damme to take num­ber one, as Babes Wo­dumo’s Wololo and King Mon­ada’s Ska Bhora Moreki were big last year.

Fakude’s prize was a brand­new Kia Pi­canto and R150 000 in cash.

“I’ve been try­ing to break into the mu­sic in­dus­try since 2007. Pre­vi­ously, I’ve re­leased six al­bums, but they weren’t pop­u­lar. It is only my sev­enth al­bum, Kwakhala Ny­onini, that caught many peo­ple’s at­ten­tion last year,” the maskandi singer said.

His lat­est al­bum was re­leased un­der the Ma­bala Noise record la­bel in Septem­ber last year.

Fakude said that af­ter he re­alised he was not mak­ing it in the in­dus­try, he swal­lowed his pride and went to Ma­bala Noise to beg for a record deal.

The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Van Damme, he said, was action movie ac­tor Jean-Claude Van Damme.

“Grow­ing up I used to watch Van Damme’s movies and he in­spired me be­cause he never gave up. He fought till the end. Ba­si­cally, the mes­sage is to en­cour­age peo­ple and to give them hope of not giv­ing up,” he said.

He added that the song tells peo­ple: “Noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble. Never give up on chas­ing your dreams. I’m liv­ing tes­ti­mony, 10 years later it is only now that I’m achiev­ing my dream.”

How­ever, he says many fans of the song mis­in­ter­pret its mean­ing. When they say “Siy­ob­u­lal’u-Van Damme”, they mean they are go­ing to in­dulge in heavy drink­ing.

Al­co­hol, he says, has noth­ing to do with it.

“I don’t drink or smoke. Why would I en­cour­age peo­ple to drink?” he asked.

In­ter­est­ingly, when asked what he was plan­ning to do with his prize, he was sur­prised.

“Did I win money? All I know is that I’ve won the Song of the Year. I’ll sit down with my team to dis­cuss this fur­ther.”


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