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What you see is what you get when it comes to Somizi. The chronic per­fec­tion­ist has worked with many high-pro­file, award-win­ning in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing R Kelly and Shakira at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

And while he’s never shy about dish­ing out his opin­ion, peo­ple of­ten give him flak for it. But af­ter al­most four decades in show­biz, nothing fazes him any more.

“I’ve never been the kind of per­son who wor­ries about other peo­ple’s opin­ions,” he told DRUM in a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view. “I do me, I have al­ways done me. Peo­ple are en­ti­tled to have their opin­ion, that’s okay with me.”

It’s his thick skin that got him through the low­est lows in his ca­reer. His at­ti­tude has car­ried him through life chal­lenges like health is­sues (which he hinted at in his book, Domi­noes: Un­break­able Spirit) and the much­pub­li­cised sex­ual as­sault case against him in 2008.

De­spite be­ing found not guilty, Somizi told a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion in July this year the in­ci­dent changed ev­ery­thing.

His ca­reer suf­fered, but he rein­vented him­self. “Never write your­self off,” he told us af­ter his come­back. “Al­ways be­lieve in your­self and your dreams and don’t give up. I be­lieved, and con­tinue to do, and that is why I am here.”

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