Zimbabwe: Fame Drove Me to Drug Abuse – Dobba Don

ZIMDANCEHALL singer Dobba Don, born Brendon Mehlomakhulu, who is recovering from drug abuse says the fame and public attention he got at an early age drove him to a substance abuse lifestyle.

In 2017, after completing his Ordinary Level, Dobba Don rose to fame with his popular track, Mudendere.

Earlier last year, a video of him high on drugs surfaced on social media, prompting fans to worry about his health.

Speaking to a local publication, the award-winning dancehall sensation said during the period sponsors shunned doing business with him as he had become difficult to work with.

“That video was real, I got into that situation after I used the drug and I wasn’t myself, I don’t want to lie. I didn’t know what was happening, I even got arrested that day and it was a nightmare. During drugs, I was someone who didn’t want to be told what to do. I lost sponsors who wanted to work with me that time.

He added that while some artists had been supportive others simply saw it as an opportunity to release diss tracks about him.

“After that video, that’s when people knew about my drug life and some were feeling sorry. To my surprise, some artists were dissing me and I didn’t reply since it’s not my staple.

“I give thanks to the love I got from different people not forgetting Chill Spot Family, Jamal no limits and Oskid just to mention few.”

Abuse of substances like crystal meth, a highly addictive stimulant referred to as mutoriro in street lingo has become common in high density suburbs like Mufakose where Dobba Don hails from.

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