Bruno feels free at last

Sunday World - - News - MOSA MOKHEMA

EX-CON­VICT and for­mer mem­ber of kwaito out­fit Gum­shev, Ne­suli Bruno Ma­jola, is go­ing solo.

Best known for per­form­ing with his fel­low band mem­ber and ex-con­vict Nku­l­uleko Fis­tos Cak­webe, Ma­jola said he de­cided to leave the group three years ago to do my own thing be­cause we sim­ply grew up and, I guess, we also grew apart

Mak­ing a switch from kwaito to hiphop, Ma­jola (29) said he was work­ing on his de­but solo al­bum, Sto­ries Told, to be re­leased in Septem­ber.

He is shoot­ing the video of his first sin­gle, Fak i24, which will be out next month.

The Soweto-born rap­per started a life of crime in his early teens. He quickly be­came the leader of a no­to­ri­ous gang which ter­rorised res­i­dents of Hill­brow and Rand­burg in Joburg.

He was ar­rested at the of age 15 fol­low­ing a he­li­copter chase af­ter he took part in an armed rob­bery. He

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served a sen­tence.

Af­ter his re­lease, Ma­jola s group, Gum­shev, scored a record deal with

five-and-a-half-year

jail Lance Stehr s Ghetto Ruff.

No longer part of that sta­ble, Ma­jola said he de­cided to go in­de­pen­dent with his la­bel, called Good Fel­las Records.

One thing I know is that when an artist goes broke, the com­pany he works for doesn t.

That s why I de­cided to go in­de­pen­dent,” he said.

He plans to use his mu­sic to change the hard­core gang­ster per­cep­tion people have of him.

I have grown up and have a fam­ily I need to take care of. My lit­tle daugh­ter and her mother are my big­gest pri­or­ity. Life has been a hec­tic roller-coaster for me, and my woman has been there through the hard times. She mo­ti­vated me to get back to my mu­sic,” he said.

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