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SUNSHINE DAZE

For more than 15 years, Dr. Victor - Victor Khojane, as he’s also known – has been crafting and creating an uplifting, uptempo sound that has earned this singer, musician, songwriter and producer an enviable reputation on the South African music scene and many devoted fans all over the world.

To celebrate Dr. Victor’s amazing music career comes Sunshine Daze, a 12-track album that not only shakes and stirs the artists existing repertoire of songs with a number of remixes that will dazzle but features two new tracks that again give this hugely talented individual a great platform on which to reach new fans.

“It’s the right time to put out an album like this,” Dr Victor says. “The summer season is here and everyone is in a party mood and that is always the best time for my songs to be played. Uplifting music that gets everyone smiling is what I’ve always been about and on Sunshine Daze it just gets better.”

Making their presence felt as producers on Sunshine Daze, together with Dr Victor, Chris Ghelakis (head of Electromode Music) and Pete Martin. Both are currently living in London, although they have worked on the South African music scene for years and have earned enviable reputations as amongst the country’s most innovative and talented individuals.

Operating out of Electromode’s Studios in the UK capital, Pete “Boxsta” Martin (101, Danny K, Kabelo, Tokollo, Sugababes) brings an urban feel to Dr. Victor’s existing songs - in particular to the massive hit (and a song you hear still very frequently on radio), “I Love To Truck”. Pete has also had a significant creative hand in “Sunshine Daze”, the new track that is a fizzy, fun-filled, perfect summer song penned by John McGough, a young songwriter that Chris Ghelakis discovered in the UK.

The other new song is “I Know A Place”, which is a Bob Marley track that here finds new life under the creative eye of Dr. Victor ably assisted by Pete and Craig. Craig is well known for his work with Egyptian Nursery amongst other acts here in South Africa and is an award-winning producer. Together the team working on “I Know A Place” has created a new version of this Marley-classic that will easily work its way into the hearts and minds of music fans everywhere.

Sunshine Daze (the album) also benefits from the inclusion of Trixsta, a DJ and rapper who pits his lyrical and rhyming skills against Dr Victor on “I Know A Place”. The inclusion of several storming remixes of much-loved and chart-topping Dr. Victor songs further adds to the album’s immense appeal. There is the Spanish Mix of “Mysterious Girl”, the Bra Vic Mix of “Restless World”, the 2002 Mix of “Shambala”, the Gumba Mix of “Tsoang, Tsoang, Tsoang” and many, many more.

“I just know that new fans are going to discover the Dr. Victor sound through these great mixes of the songs,” Dr. Victor says. “It’s going to be a great summer of that I am sure.”
Indeed, Dr. Victor has enjoyed a fabulous 2002. Together with his group, The Rasta Rebels, he is one of the busiest live musicians, doing a range of events from corporate gigs to headlining shows at The Venue and The Blues Room in Gauteng. And if you’ve tuned into the Phat Joe Show on SABC 1 lately, you’ll have seen Dr. Victor and The Rasta Rebels acting in their capacity as the show’s resident band, providing backing for artists appearing on The Phat Joe Show as well as giving great renditions of their own songs.

Dr. Victor himself has continued to have a creative hand in the lives of many homegrown artists – from both South Africa and the African continent. He produced and co-wrote Dawnay’s album, “You Touch Me (Horny)” and is currently working with Raymond, a Zimbabwean artist who works with Mbira music. What’s more, Dr. Victor’s love of jazz and his skills as a highly accomplished musician (he plays guitar and piano) have also had an outing on the album, Laid Back Sunday, with the group Kalimba. The latter is expected to be an on-going affair – a side project that will see the group produce an album a year.

It’s all a long – but very satisfying – way from Dr. Victor’s roots in Kimberley, South Africa where he first formed a group called CC Beat while still at school.

Influenced by the likes of South African bands such as Blondie and Papa, Harare, Jonathan Butler and American teen sensations The Jackson Five, the group was determined to find success and in 1984, shortly after finishing school, Victor and his friends headed for Johannesburg where they became a popular nightclub band.

A deal with CCP Records (EMI South Africa) saw Victor and his friends release two albums but it wasn’t until a few years later when Victor met producer/songwriter Al Etto in Cape Town and played him a few demo tapes, that things really got into full swing. Taking the name Taxi, the band became an in house session band for Dephon Records and backed such high-profile South African acts as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ricardo, and Chicco Twala. Taxi was also part of the groundbreaking tour of France with Lucky Dube, Stimela and Zia.

But by the end of the 80s, although they had gained respectable recognition as a tight band under Victor’s leadership, the group was craving for centre stage attention. Released from Dephon Records, 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 session project doing Eddy Grant classics for CSR Records. The cover project was recorded as The Rasta Rebels and became a major success that contained 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. The creative soul that Victor is, he was soon also branching out and recording the solo albums (also for CSR Records) Badayo and Hell Afrika, scoring a big hit with his version of Cooks and Motambo’s “Tumbai”.

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”. Dr Victor was soon taking the opening act slot for international acts such as Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan and Janet Jackson and he also performed at MIDEM in France.

After a six-year relationship with CSR Records, Dr Victor moved to Gallo Records where he released a live studio album called Faya, with favourites like “Tsoang Tsoang” and Kalimba” included. Several tracks off this album have received enormous airplay and earned Dr. Victor a licensing deal in Mexico, the Middle East and Japan. More recently, Dr. Victor once again teamed up with his session friend, The Rasta Rebels and released The Best Of The Rasta Rebels with the hit song “I Love To Truck” featured on the album.

Returning to his songwriting passion, Dr Victor wrote and recorded many tracks on the album, Stress (released in 2000) which also received extensive airplay and was nominated for the 2001 FNB SAMA AWARD as the “Best Adult Contemporary Album”.

Now comes Sunshine Daze – an album that marks yet another creative leap forward in Dr. Victor’s amazing career.

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