Entertainer-turned-entrepreneur Kabelo Mabalane has opened up about his remarkable journey to health and sobriety.
He penned a memoir, titled I Ran For My Life: My Story co-written with Nechama Brodie.
In the book Mabalane reflects on his childhood, his complicated relationship with his father, his successful music career and his battle with substance abuse.
The multi-platinum-selling musician has completed eleven Comrades marathons and counting.
His book also includes training programmes and advice for 10-kilometre to ultramarathon runners.
The TKZee kwaito star joined presenter Eusebius McKaiser to share his inspiring story and what the future holds.
It's not about the music business. People do drugs and abuse drugs because they're trying to deal with whatever issue. That happens across all industries.— Kabelo Mabalane
60% of the music I made I was somewhere else. When I cleaned up and went to rehab in 2002, I wanted to prove to myself that I can create outside of addiction.— Kabelo Mabalane
They put three siblings through private schools. My family was resilient and my father taught me about hard work.— Kabelo Mabalane
Because I struggled with my father's struggle with alcohol, and his sometimes volatile relationship with my mom, it was difficult to make sense of having a dad like that. And then you grow up and become a man.— Kabelo Mabalane
I decided to be authentic and honest about how I felt in the book.— Kabelo Mabalane
I hurt a lot of people. I caused a lot of trouble because I believe your'e not really drawing from who you are.— Kabelo Mabalane
My behaviour was becoming appalling because of my drug and alcohol abuse. It's still embarrassing, but I can't stay embarrassed. I have to talk about it as a cautionary tale.— Kabelo Mabalane
Music was this force happening parallel to my whole life.— Kabelo Mabalane
There was a special bond between the three of us [TKZee] from high school.— Kabelo Mabalane
We [TKZee] got acquainted with what was going on in the music industry and started building relationships.— Kabelo Mabalane
After we [TKZee] did our homework about what was going on sonically, we knew exactly what was required of us. We weren't second-guessing ourselves.— Kabelo Mabalane
It's unsustainable to create [music] on substances.— Kabelo Mabalane
I'm currently working on another album. I've been inspired to get back into the music industry. You need to be true to yourself.— Kabelo Mabalane
Mabalane reflected on his life lessons and how to build a resilient spirit.
Take a listen to the moving conversation:
Below are some of the responses on Twitter:
@Eusebius I have all the time in the world for @KabeloMabalane for he perfectly protay the environment of the kasie life and how to win at it without losing yourself.Great convo there pic.twitter.com/744Zck4ESY— @urban Pantsula (@UrbanPantsula1) July 3, 2018
Wow, what an amazing story, loving this interview.— Jennifer-Ann Minogue (@Jennifer_Ann66) July 3, 2018
@Eusebius my favorite moment of #IRanForMyLife is when @KabeloMabalane was explaining the wonderful reception he got as he finished his first #ComradeMarathon. It was bitter sweet for me as it was for him since no one put it on record #KabeloOnEusebius— General (@LukheleSipho) July 3, 2018