[WATCH] Kabelo Mabalane on lows of drug abuse and running towards his destiny

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.

Kabelo Mabalane. Picture: Talk Radio 702

In the book Mabalane reflects on his childhood, his complicated relationship with his father, his successful music career and his battle with substance abuse.

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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.

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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.

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