Idols SA contestant Mthokozisi Ndaba reveals he is working on a book to be titled 'Pain and Fame'.
DURBAN - Should Idols SA hopeful Mthokozisi Ndaba win the singing competition this year, he would release his music album with a book. 

The 25-year-old from Durban’s KwaMashu township said he has been writing about his painful life experiences since he began the Idols journey.  He is orphaned and was shot in both legs at close range in February after he had secured a golden ticket for the Idols SA show a few months earlier. 

In an interview with the Sunday Tribune on Saturday, shortly after he put the finishing touches to his Idols performance for Sunday night, he revealed his working title for the book would be Pain and Fame

“The pain is still there but I have to be strong,” he said in regard to his gunshot wounds. “When it is cold that is when I have a serious problem because this only happened in February, so it’s still new. It looks healed but the pain is there,” he said. 

Ndaba revealed that he failed matric in 2009 but he did not give up. He returned to school and finished in 2013. With his parents both deceased, he had no funds for university and turned to his gift of singing to sustain himself. 

“I used to sing at local choirs and at two churches, the KwaMashu Christian Centre and the Apostolic Faith Mission. I would sing at schools and shows – R50 was enough to put bread on the table,” he said.

The book would delve into his growing pains and his newfound fame through the Idols journey where he is a firm favourite in some quarters.

Mthokozisi will perform Ne-Yo’s So Sick and R Kelly’s The Storm Is Over Now on Idols SA on Sunday night, which seems fitting with his book theme. 

Asked who he thought was his biggest threat from the remaining six contestants, he said “all of them”.

“Everyone is gifted. I watch them and they all have different talents, but all of them work very hard, which makes me happy to be part and parcel of the best,” he said.

SUNDAY TRIBUNE