Born Bandile Maphalala, Dr. Bone stems from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. At the age of 12 he moved to Durban where he started a career as a dancer with the Pantsula group AmaRiffifi that left a mark in the local dance scene in the early 2000s. Whilst dancing, he was inspired by the ghetto reality and rags to riches raps of Hiphop and made his shift to music. It has been a long road from Bone the dancer, known to break his bones on stage to Dr. Bone the emcee, known to split the crowd like Moses did the Red Sea.
Dr. Bone is currently working on his debut album, Lindelani, which features material that he has been working on for the past few years and features some of the fastest rising rappers across the continent. It is produced by Nkocy Gasa, some of the best in Africa, and Killbeatz and Chopstix, both producers of award winning artists. The album is diverse and reminiscent of the early years of Hiphop. It is gritty, honest and a reflection of a young man’s aspirations to lift himself up.
Dr. Bone is one of the artists in South Africa that has differentiated himself with his kind of music. His music is for the more mature minds: provoking, philosophical masterpieces that hold lyrical depth. It has a sense of spiritually that is rare in the Hiphop scene of the present. Dr. Bone is played across Africa and he has been invited to perform in and out of South Africa. Dr. Bone now finds himself performing for a Ugandan crowd at the Bayimba International Festival, followed by a mini-tour in the region.