Dr Victor tells a story in different ways

HE MIGHT be regarded as a cover version artist but Dr Victor has weathered the storm in the music industry and most musicians, who launched their careers at the same time as he, have fallen by the wayside.

HE MIGHT be regarded as a cover version artist but Dr Victor has weathered the storm in the music industry and most musicians, who launched their careers at the same time as he, have fallen by the wayside.

No other artist in the country has been an opening act for international super stars as much as he has. He has been an opening act for international stars such as Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan and Paul Simon.

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.

He was once awarded a licensing deal in Mexico, the Middle East and Japan after his live studio album Faya touched many hearts.

Dr Victor doesn't deny that most of his successful and popular songs are cover versions.

"I wouldn't go as far as saying it's a cover version but rather that I am telling the same story in a different way," he says.

His latest cover version, If You Wanna Be Happy, a track done by Trini Lopez in the 1960s, was a huge success. The album hit gold recently.

"Nobody knew that song in this country before I unleashed it. You see, sometimes you have to choose between making critics happy and making the fans happy. I would choose the fans for obvious reasons," he says.

Born Victor Khojane in the Kimberley township of Galeshewe, Dr Victor says when he launched his musical career more than two decades ago he did strictly original tracks but no one noticed.

"In 2004, I did an all original songs album and it didn't sell. I think the record company shelved it.

"So now I have taken a conscious decision that it's not a bad idea to take something popular blow some fresh air into it and give back to the public. Life is about how you live to tell the story again," Dr Victor says.

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