Jub Jub Biography
Molemo Maarohanye, famously known as Jub Jub, is an accomplished musician who comfortably straddles various genres of music which entrenched his popularity as a household icon, Jub Jub is a child star whose a multi talented artist ideal for product launches, brand campaigns, music concerts and various corporate strategic partnerships. Jub Jub was born and raised in Soweto, Orlando East from a family of five.
He has had a refreshing walk throughout his career, started off young appearing in numerous South African commercials such as:
- The memorable Coca Cola commercial with soccer legends Doctor Khumalo, Fani Madida & Shane McGregor (Kaizer Chiefs veterans).
Jub Jub has also perfected the art of presenting TV shows and appearing in film such as:
- KTV (Kids entertainment)
- Inside Info
- Yo TV
- Road to Health (educational youth program)
- Jam Alley (youth entertainment interactive show)
- Selimathunzi (lifestyle celebrity show)
- Ezimtoti (music program)
- Simunye Grooves (music Video showcase)
- Channel O (international and local music, variety show)
Lunar Cop with A-list Hollywood actor Eric Roberts (A South African feature film within the science fiction genre).
‘Full court press’ and ‘Drive by’ both feature films, filmed in New York produced and directed by former Black Panther Jamal Joseph. Full court press was a basketball movie featuring Hip Hop megastars Craig Hall, Da Brat and Taye Diggs.
Jub Jub Career
Jub Jub was the first South African to land a scholarship at the renowned FAME School –La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York Manhattan where he completed his high-school syllabic.
Jub-Jub has always had a passion for the entertainment industry but his talents did not stop there. He consequently took a 7 year sabbatical from public life to introspect and self-renew preparing for the current bombshell package he has become.
Album Releases & Musical Accomplishments
His talent was obvious in his debut Album “THE RARE BREED” which was released in 2006. The track ‘GOOD TIME OF YOUR LIFE” was a hit on the charts and received major high rotation on all radio stations and TV music channels. Jub Jub was also invited to perform this track at the prestigious 2006 Metro FM Music Awards event.
He then released his second album “MY SHINE” in 2007 which had the Blessed smash hit “NDIKHOKHELE” featuring the acclaimed Jaziel brothers. This song was nominated for the 2008 SAMA Awards for the Song of the Year category and the Best Hip Hop category. It was also nominated for the Metro FM Music Awards for Song of the Year in 2008. This is evidence of the positive affinity reflected on the national psyche.
Cementing his cross-over appeal, this album reverberated through the nation and got Jub Jub invited to perform the opening act in the highly regarded 2008 SAMA music awards event. This album sold 150 000 units achieving Platinum status.
In 2009 Jub Jub released his third album “FRESH AIR” under his own record label Rare Breed Entertainment in a joint venture with Sheer Music. On this album, he collaborated with award-winning fellow artists including RJ Benjamin, Lungelo, Amu, Bonezitto, Zwai Bala, Guffy Pilane & Thembisile Ntaka.
Jub Jub Philosophy Of Life
The Jub, as some friends call him, has indeed been igniting sparks in the music industry as well as in churches. It is truly implacable for an artist to have such huge demand for gospel events as well as hip hop events, his appeal is far greater. It is Inexplicit such that an artist exudes such diversity. It is with his forthcoming that an artist pulls in the masses to speak out about life and the challenges that they are faced with.
Jub Jub took challenging personal experiences and turned these into something beautiful and deeply uplifting music. And it is through music that people experience serenity, find inspiration and believe in hope.
“Whenever he opens his mouth, what comes out is like Mohammed Ali’s punch” is a common refrain among analysts within the music industry. It’s strong, powerful and has large impact.
The Jub Jub brand is synonymous with someone who never backs down, who never lets any challenge deter him from his God-given talents and divine path. It does not matter what intensity and length it could last for, Jub Jub will outshine any adversity.
Jub Jub always believes as an individual if you have been through trials and tribulations, when you emerge and achieve success in-spite of such, then you are a real winner. Jub Jub’s personal philosophy is that a God-given talent is a talent that can never be confiscated by any living being.
Jub Jub Sentence
On 8 March 2010 he and his friend Themba Tshabalala caused a serious accident when they were drag racing under the influence of hard drugs on a public road near a school. Four children were killed and another two survived with brain damage. On 5 December 2012, both were sentenced to 25 years in jail each for murder, attempted murder and three related offences. An appeal will be heard on 7 February 2014. On 8 October 2014 Jub Jub and his friend Themba Tshabalala’s murder conviction was overturned to culpable homicide in a high court in Johannesburg. Their sentences were reduced from 25 years to 10 years, starting from 2012. On 5 January 2017 he was released on parole after serving 4 years, one month and one day of his sentence. His accomplice and fellow accused, Themba Tshabalala was also released on parole the same day.