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For more than 20 years, Victor Khojane, or Dr Victor as he is more affectionately known, has been crafting and creating an uplifting, up-tempo sound that has earned this singer, musician, songwriter and producer an enviable reputation on the South African music scene and many devoted fans all over the world.

Indeed, Dr Victor has enjoyed a fabulous career. Together with his group, The Rasta Rebels, he is one of the busiest live musicians, performing at a range of events, from clubs to festivals to corporate. Dr Victor himself has continued to have a creative hand in the lives of many home grown artists. He produced and co-wrote Dawnay's album, "You Touch Me (Horny)" and worked with Raymond, a Zimbabwean artist who works with Mbira music.

What's more, Dr Victor's love of jazz and his skills as a highly accomplished musician (he plays guitar and piano) has also had an outing on the album "Laid Back Sunday" with the group Kalimba. In the early 1990's under the CSR Records Label, Dr Victor recorded a cover project as The Rasta Rebels. From then the Rasta Rebels began to enjoy the stardom they receive countrywide. The creative soul that Dr Victor is, he was soon also branching out and recording the solo albums "Badayo" and "Hell Afrika", scoring a big hit with his version of Cooks and Motambo's "Tumbai". Dr Victor rapidly became a household name throughout South Africa and in 1994 he went back into the studio and recorded "One Goal, One Wish", which contained the South African Music Award-winning Single of the Year, "Shambala". Dr Victor was soon taking the opening act slot for international acts such as Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan and Janet Jackson and he also performed at MIDEM in France. After moving to Gallo Records, he released a live studio album called "Faya", with favourites such as "Tsoang Tsoang" and "Kalimba".

This album earned him a licensing deal in Mexico, the Middle East and Japan. In 1999, he released "The Best Of The Rasta Rebels", followed by the 2000 album "Stress", which was nominated for the 2001 FNB SAMA AWARD as the Best Adult Contemporary Album. 2003 saw the release of "Sunshine Daze" which won a SAMA for Best Dance Album and 2004 saw the release of "If You Wanna Be Happy" which earned him a SAMA nomination for Best Pop Album. And in 2006, the album "When Somebody Loves You Back" dominated the airwaves. 'New Flame" (2008) was an experimental journey for the band where they had the chance, for the first time, to record an Afrikaans track done with Theuns Jordaan called "Wie Se Kind Is Jy?". There is also a Jewish track called "Raksmor" sung entirely in Hebrew.



 

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