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'I'll never give up on bubblegum'

By Patience Bambalele | Dec 29, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AFTER 33 years in the music industry bubblegum singer Titus Headger is still going strong.

AFTER 33 years in the music industry bubblegum singer Titus Headger is still going strong.

And, the singer feels he still has a lot to offer the industry. Famously known as Die Kaapse Dans in music circles, Headger has just released his fourth solo album, Party.

Now that bubblegum music has lost its touch, Headger has fused it with kwaito so that it appeals to the younger generation.

"Bubblegum is the motherboard of kwaito and I will never stop singing it. What I have done was to mix it with kwaito to create a vibey sound," he says.

He says though his album speaks about partying it also informs, entertains and educates people.

"I touch on various issues like xenophobia. What I'm trying to say is that we are all Africans."

Asked if there is still a market for his music, Headger says: "It's funny that people still love the music. My album has received a positive response.

"I'm happy that many radio stations are playing it. Kwaito and house might dominate at the moment but there are those who love bubblegum."

Headger says he usually composes his songs by listening to people talking and seeing how they react to certain situation s.

His music career started in 1976 when he began working with Bonza Kgasane. He worked with him for years before he joined the then South African Defence Force, now known as the SANDF. He was a soldier for four years before he left the army and joined the South African Police Service.

"After four years I again left because I realised I was unhappy. I knew I belonged in the music industry."

Headger has released the albums Chimorenga, Die Kaapse Dans and Vivo.

He has also tried his luck at acting in shows such as KwakhalaNyoinini, Velaphi, Bra Solly's Kitchen, Khululeka and Sarafina


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