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DR. BONE RELEASES LONG AWAITED EP “Igagu” ft Lead Single “Phusha”

Award winning Hip-hop Star Dr. Bone releases his long-awaited EP, ‘iGagu’, with lead single ‘Phusha (Feat. Musiholiq)’ already making waves at radio. The lead single is Dr. Bone first musical offering in 2021 and it is the ideal precursor as it follows the overall theme of the ‘iGagu’ EP in which Dr. Bone presents is Charming Audio Excellence.

iGagu is a Zulu word that meaning excellence and in this case it serves it purpose as Dr. Bone’s re-introduction to the music industry with an EP that is a fusion of modern Hip-hop, Kasi rap and traditional maskandi.

The lyrical content and Bone’s unique flows describe the different types of stories; from the importance of a Lady in a mans’s life to being firm and strong in our respective journeys in life.

“I treated this EP like an album. I’m super excited to finally drop this. I teamed up with amazing musicians to give music lovers nothing but music that will find a home in their hearts. I hope this body of body reflects the hard work, my team and I put in” – Dr Bone

Phusha (Feat. Musiholiq Music Video Will be released soon.


1.   Qina (feat. Zinhler iNdodakazi Yolahleko & Lungelo)

In this song Dr. Bone together with Zinhle iNdodakazi Yolahleko’s poem and Lungelo’s strong and magical vocals tell a story and reminds us to be strong and being firm in the journey of life. 

Written by: Bandile Nkululeko Maphalala (Dr. Bone) / Zinhle Khethukuthula Dladla (Zinhler iNdodakazi Yolahleko) / Charles Lungelo Ndlovu (Lungelo)

Published by: Sheer Publishing (Dr. Bone) / Copyright Control (Zinhler iNdodakazi Yolahleko & Lungelo)

2.   Zabalaza (feat. Grenaid3)

In a mellow and chilled beat Dr. Bone together with Grenaid3’s mellow vocals and great hook tell a story and gives out tips on how to survive in our struggles in life, and vents about his views on the South African Hip Hop Industry.

Written by: Bandile Nkululeko Maphalala (Dr. Bone) / Siyanda Nzimande

Published by: Sheer Publishing (Dr. Bone) / Copyright Control (Siyanda Nzimande)

3.   Qoma (feat. Mnqobi Yazo)

Together with Manqobi Yazo gives us a song that is bled of Hip-hop and Mbaqanga Music telling a relatable story to most men where he is convincing iNtokazi (a lady) as to how she must choose Dr. Bone and how she could complement him when they are together. 

Written by: Bandile Nkululeko Maphalala (Dr. Bone) / Lindokuhle Mnqobi Msimango (Mnqobi Yazo)

Published by: Sheer Publishing (Dr. Bone) / Mabala Noise Publishing (Mnqobi Yazo)

4.   Ntokazi

A song that has Kwaito feel where Dr. Bone Marries Kwaito and Hip-hop Singing and raps about most men’s affection in a lady and describes how he becomes anxious when he sees this one lady.

Written by: Bandile Nkululeko Maphalala (Dr. Bone)

Published by: Sheer Publishing (Dr. Bone)

5.   Want It (feat. Eternal Africa)

Together with Eternal Africa’s hook Dr Bone is wrapping in a relatively unique beat that is a combination of traditional music elements (Chants and instrumentation), Hip-Hop bounce and feel. In Want it Dr. Bone tells us as to why he is wanting everything that comes with the Hip-hop Industry. 

Written by: Bandile Nkululeko Maphalala (Dr. Bone) / Nnamdi Eternal Mbamara (Eternal Africa)

Published by: Sheer Publishing (Dr. Bone) / Vth Season admin by Universal Music Publishing (Eternal Africa)

6.   Phusha (feat. Musiholiq)

Together with New age Afro Artist Musiholiq Dr. Bone is Rapping about pushing through the hard times as giving up is not an option.

Written by: Bandile Nkululeko Maphalala (Dr. Bone) / Ncazelo Fortune Mtolo (Musiholiq)

Published by: Sheer Publishing (Dr. Bone) / Future History (Musiholiq)

About Dr Bone: 

Dr. Bone was born Bandile Maphalala in Bergville, a small town in the foothills of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. At the age of 12 he moved to Durban. He started his career in the entertainment industry as a dancer, a founding member of the group AmaRiffifi, a pantsula crew, who left a mark on the dance scene in the early 2000s and gave Bandile his name – his moves were so intricate and acrobatic, that it looked like he was breaking his bones on stage.  While dancing and touring the country, he was inspired by the reality of the ghetto and the rags to riches raps of Hiphop.  His early influences include 50 cent, Kanye West, Reflection Eternal, Umfaz’ Omnyama and Mtshengiseni Gcwensa.

Dr. Bone released his anticipated debut album Lindelani in April 2016 through Warner Music. “All we wanted to do was have fun and travel the world and learn about different sounds and cultures, but this journey led me to a door I never even knew I could open.” – Dr. Bone

Says Tracy Fraser, MD of Warner Music South Africa, “Dr Bone is such an exciting artist and we are thrilled to be working with him and Keke Mokoena Brands.  I have no doubt that 2016 will be Dr. Bone’s year.”

He started producing beats and working on his own rhymes and quickly made a name for himself throughout KZN.  Over the past year, he has been putting the finishing touches on his debut album with friend and producer, Nkocy Gasa and been travelling the world, playing to audiences across the African continent, as well as Europe and the USA.