Dr Victor & the Rasta RebelsDr Victor & the Rasta Rebels – Victor Khojane (Dr Victor) was born and raised in South Africa, Kimberley, where he attended school. He formed a school band called CC Beat that performed mainly on week ends, as youngsters they were influenced by the likes of South African bands such as Blondie and Papa, Harare, Jonathan Butler and American teen sensations The Jackson Five. In 1984, shortly after leaving school, Victor and his friends were heading forJohannesburg in search of their dreams, where they became very popular as a nightclub band.

They managed to get a deal with CCP Records (EMI South   Africa), where they released two albums for that label. After a two year unsuccessful musical relationship with CCP, the band got clearance and went touring the South African nightclub scene. Victor then met producer/songwriter Al Etto inCape Town and played him a few demo tapes.

They soon got back into the studio to record and album for Dephon Records. The band decided to work under the name Taxi as an in house session band for Dephon Records. During this time, the band started backing such luminaries as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ricardo, Chicco Twala and were part of the ground-breaking tour of France with Lucky Dube, Stimela and Zia. By the end of the 80’s, although they had gained respectable recognition as a tight live band under Victor’s leadership, the group craved center stage attention. They were once again released from Dephon Records and in 1991 they were introduced to nightclub owner Chris Ghelakis who had just started his independent CSR label.

Victor was flat broke and soon found himself in the studio with a project doing Eddy Grant classics for CSR Records. The cover project was recorded as The Rasta Rebels and became a major success that contained such hits like “Give me Hope Jo’Anna”, “I don’t want to dance” and others. The band later changed their name to Rasta Rebels and enjoyed the stardom they received countrywide.

Victor felt empty inside and wanted to record his own songs, he then recorded two solo albums for CSR Records “Badayo” and “Hello Africa” with new original material but the song that became his smash hit of these albums were Cooks and Motambo’s “Tumbai”.

The name Dr Victor was born and slowly became a household name throughout South Africa and in 1994 he went back into the studio and released his “One Goal, On Wish” album of which “Shambala” became the FNB Sama single of the year.

His talent was soon spotted by Peter Styuvesant promoters and he got the opening act slot for internationals acts such as Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan and Janet Jackson. After a six year long relationship with CSR Records, he moved on to Gallo Records, where he released a live studio album called “Faya” with favourites like “Tsoang Tsoang Tsoang” and “Kalimba”. Dr Victor was invited to perform at MIDEM inFrance and managed to get the “Faya” album released inFrance.

Two tracks of the album have received enormous airplay with a licensing deal in Mexico, The Middle East and Japan. He once again teamed up with his session friends, The Rasta Rebels and released “The Best of The Rasta Rebels” with the hit song “I love to truck”. He went back to his passion for song writing and started writing again, his latest album “Stress” is receiving extensive airplay and has been nominated for this year’s FNB SAMA AWARD as the “Best Adult Contemporary Album”. Dr Victor also produces up and coming artists and is still touring and enjoys doing live shows.

 

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