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Boom Shaka's Junior in financial trouble

By unknown | Oct 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Cecil Motsepe

Cecil Motsepe

Singing sensation Junior Sokhela of Boom Shaka fame is said to be sinking into a morass of debts as his music career takes a nosedive.

He also faces possible eviction from his flat because he is struggling to make regular payments on his water and electricity bills.

Sowetan has reliably learnt that the muso owes a "substantial" amount in outstanding bills at his World View flat in Berea, Johannesburg.

Boom Shaka became one of the most successful kwaito bands of the mid- 1990s, consisting of the late Lebo Mathosa, Theo Nhlengethwa and Thembi Seete, with Sokhela as its backbone.

In 1993 this trail-blazing group took the country by storm with its first single, It's About Time, and laterwith Thobela.

Their music became the soundtrack for many young people and the group broke into the international market.

This saw individual group members achieve superstar status, with Junior staying in Johannesburg's opulent suburb of Sunninghill. He pursued the life of a spendthrift millionaire and drove flashy cars.

Now those days are gone.

We can reveal that World View's body corporate has held countless meetings to discuss Junior's fate.

This comes after the rapper, who led the group, has been in arrears for some time, a pal of the muso said yesterday.

The source said: "The body corporate has had enough of his excuses. The only reason they are tolerating him is because he has been in that flat for more than six years.

"When Boom Shaka was still making money he used to pay in advance. Now he is surviving on less than a dollar a day."

To make matters worse, the rapper is now a pedestrian.

"He used to own the sexiest BMW 3 Series in town. It's gone," said another source.

Sowetan visited Junior and found him scruffy and shabbily dressed.

Asked about his financial misadventure, he said: "I have nothing to say."


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