RHYTHM CITY actor Bruno has opened up about his past life.
Bruno, real name Brian Majola, told Sunday Sun: “I grew up with bad friends, who almost ruined my precious life.”
The actor and musician from Dube, Soweto, told the People’s Paper how bad friends influenced him to commit numerous crimes, which landed him in jail serving a nine-year sentence at Sun City in Naturena, south of Joburg.
He finished his sentence at Leeuwkop Prison, in Sunninghill, Joburg.
At age 15, Bruno was arrested for house robbery and sentenced to five years and two months.
He said his life of crime started when he was 10 years old.
“I got involved in various crimes, including stealing and taking Mandrax
which drove me to do crazy things and made me believe what I was doing was right,” he said.
Bruno spent most of his time with friends at the notorious Mimosa Hotel in Hillbrow, Joburg.
The Ngiyabonga hitmaker said prison taught him respect and discipline.
“Mixing with strangers in prison wasn’t easy, and it’s not a place to be,” he said.
His advice to young people: make the right choices, respect life and avoid the life of crime at all costs.
“And take education seriously. Knowledge is power.”
He said being a teen in prison was a major challenge and this led to him starting a music band called Gumshev with four other inmates.
When he got out of prison in 2006, he continued with music and, in the same year, was signed by Ghetto Ruff Music and dropped two albums – Straight Out Of Prison in 2006 and Sthandu Cash in 2008.
Bruno, who joined e.tv’s drama series as Bongani in 2007, told the People’s Paper he wouldn’t wish for even his worst enemy to spend a day in prison. He’s building up his music company called Jamshack Records and will drop a solo album titled Stories Told in October.