In his own words… Tsekeleke
DRUM magazine got a chance to interview the late Anthony Motaung well known to many as Tsekeleke and Fatty Boom Boom in 2015. In honor of his passing we revisit this interview with the 49 year old star who passed away from diabetes complications.
You went from a superstar performing on massive stages to being a cleaner at a butchery. How did that happen?
I was working to feed my family. In fact, I was managing the shisa nyama − not because I was desperate, I was doing it for a friend and I loved it there. It also helped that I got paid to do that. I was there from 2009 to 2011.
Are you saying you weren’t down and out at that time?
No, I wasn’t at all. I last released music in 2008. From then I worked on a couple of short films with [musician and producer] Sello “Chicco” Twala that made me money. I also started the Tsekeleke Driving School in 2012. It’s based in Vosloorus and that’s how I made a living away from music.
You were famous for saying you ate two chickens a day. Is that still the case?
No, it isn’t. I’m now trying to eat less and be much healthier. I’m even going to gym. I want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Have you lost any weight since you started gym?
Yes, about 15 kg since 2009. It’s a work in progress.
Have you ever been discriminated against or felt uncomfortable about your weight?
Sometimes people have stared at me, and initially when I got into the music industry it felt uncomfortable, but not any more. I’m now so chilled about it. I’ve always felt okay with my weight. It’s only when I get tired that I feel uncomfortable. But because I’m very flexible and active, I don’t pay much attention to it.
You separated from your second wife about two years ago. How are you dealing with the divorce?
I’m coping. We were married for three years but things didn’t work out so we decided to go our separate ways. It was an amicable split. We didn’t have any children so it made the split less lengthy.
Do you have any children?
Yes, I do. I have a 19-year-old boy, called Tumelo, from my first marriage. He stays with his mother, but I’m involved in his life and make sure we spend time together. I think it’s important for men to play their roles as fathers no matter what happens between you and the mother.
So after two divorces, do you think you’ll marry again?
Yes, but definitely not now. At the moment I’m single and concentrating on music, my business and my son.
Your new single, Gudluza Umuntu, is doing well. When is your new album coming?
Later this year. My music is still the hardcore kwaito that people have always loved, but with an urban twist. I feature Baby J, Mzekezeke and Square for Hire. I’m back to rule the kwaito charts!
By Molife Kumona