Summary ProfileThis man needs no introduction!
There are few venues that Dr Victor has not played in, and few crowds to whom he has not played.
Watch out – the Doctor is in the house!!
Dr Victor is a band that many of Johannesburg's adults associate with their wild campus days. Many can remember the group performing the Eddie Grant anti-apartheid song Give Me Hope Jo'anna at campus parties, to wild cheering.
Most of the band were born in Kimberly, capital of Northern Cape. In their youth they listened to American rhythm and blues, reggae and traditional African music, which had an impact on their sound. About their name, Dr Vic says: "The reason we called ourselves the Rasta Rebels was that, at that time, reggae was popular and we were doing many covers of people like Bob Marley and Eddie Grant. But essentially we were just normal pop boys doing good reggae covers. In a way we rebelled against the concept of Rastafarianism."
In their earlier career they backed local stars Lucky Dube and Yvonne Chaka Chaka on European tours. Record industry boss Chris Ghelakis then took the new band under his wing. Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels' first album largely included cover versions. Reggae star Grant's Give Me Hope Jo'anna and pop singer Dr Alban's Hello Africa hits also featured on the album. The band has subsequently grown in popularity and have performed as support acts to international stars such as Paul Simon, Shabba Ranks and Tina Turner.