Kabelo Mabalane is one of the musicians who defined the dawn of a new era in the local music scene with lyrics that had a crossover appeal.
His rise to fame was with his group, TKZee, whose kwaito beats got youngsters dancing in every township and village across the country in the mid 90s and the new millennium.
However, with fame and fortune came the fast life characterised by partying and substance abuse. He has since cleaned up his act and continues to inspire the youth to beat drug addiction.
Mabalane spoke to 702's Azania Mosaka about his journey and his book I Ran For My Life.
Listen to the conversation below:
Some of my friends in Soweto ended up in a life of crime because they didn't have the choices I had...— Kabelo Mabalane, musician