There are very few artists who can claim to have the kind of success that transcends eras. From 80s hip hop to 90s kwaito and r&b to naughties crunk and afro-soul, Ishmael is a true South African treasure.

And he’s got no qualms with opening up about the highs and lows of being that treasure.

Here, the singer/producer shares some stories about rage and romance. He also makes it clear that music is in his bones and he’s not slowing down any time soon.