Upcoming album is true to who he is
AFTER his fall from grace, Jub Jub is knuckling down to use his artistic gift in music to redeem himself.
And he reckons that his latest single, Shooting Star, which was released last week, is part of that journey to put his difficult past behind him. Jub Jub, whose real name is Molemo Maarohanye, says he has learnt a lot from his journey.
“There’s a lot that I feel right now. And the only way to heal my soul is to express myself through music,” says the Ndikhokhele hitmaker.
The musician released his first single, Ke Kopa Tshwarelo (Please Forgive Me) featuring Tshepo Tshola, which was recorded while he was serving jail time.
He says getting back into the studio to work on this single and upcoming album was difficult.
“It was scary and I had a whole lot of mixed emotions. It was painful, I did not know how to feel,” he says.
“The moment they (the producers) played the music, everything was like slow motion. I asked everyone to get out because I still had fear.
“(It was the) fear of not knowing how I am going to sound, my voice being heard again. It made me a little uncomfortable,” says Jub Jub.
“But I remember that the moment they (producers) switched on the mic, I felt that this is where I belong. That was who I am, that is what I am destined for,” says the 36-year-old from Soweto. It was that feeling of reuniting with his “happy place” in music that has made him realise that he has been given a second chance to make a difference. “I could be going through a lot of things but once I get in there (the studio) and record music, I just zone out.
“And that is why I am holding on to my music with all of my heart.” After having his own experiences on the downside of life, Jub Jub wants to regain his positive image as a role model who can help kids steer clear of alcohol, drugs and a reckless lifestyle.
It doesn’t pay, he says, especially if you don’t have anyone watching over you.
“I am holding on to my second chance in life to help the next person. I never had anyone to guide me, I never had anyone to say ‘stop it’.
“Here I am, I went through this. I did whatever I did, I came out, and I am here to hold anyone by the hand and guide them. I’ve seen worse things, like literally.
“I feel I have experienced both sides of the coin, gone through the worst situations that I don’t know if the next person would be able to withstand.”
He says his experiences felt like “going to hell and back”.
“I got my hiding (punishment) from God. But through all that, I still had to choose if I will fall or stand. I learnt a lot.”
For his upcoming album due in September, he has written music that he says speaks to the soul and is true to who he is.
“Music is a gift that I didn’t go to school for.
If anybody asks me who I am right now, I know I’m not a god nor a king. But I feel I am a messenger. God wants me to tell someone next to me something,” he says. The reception he received coming back into the industry has left him speechless.
“I’m overwhelmed by the fact that I never expected a lot of people to accept me. I get really emotional sometimes because I just see how much people do love me. Which reminds me of the music that I did rather than the mistakes that I made.
“It feels really good not to be judged for mistakes, and feel someone yearning for motivation. It really humbles me,” he says, adding that he derives courage from God.
The muso says his music has matured, but he has maintained his signature sound.
“I am bringing back who my fans know and much more.”
He has collaborated with various artists, including fresh talent. “This (the album) is something that you guys won’t see coming.”
He is reluctant to reveal more details at this stage, encouraging fans to await the big reveal. In the meantime, he’s excited about sharing his life with the public.
Shooting Star is available right now on iTunes.