Ghetto boy with big dreams for Billiat

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Harare -He may be diminutive in stature, but his name can trigger lengthy debate.

Over the years, he has christened himself the “handler of hot potatoes” in the arts industry.

He has been in the middle of the biggest controversies in Zimbabwean showbiz over the past decade and he has somehow managed to escape unscathed.

Godfrey “Vokal” Bakasa has been st the center of many many a feud - and has been the mastermind of his fair share of stunning coups - in the Zimbabwe arts industry.

Now the talent manager has caught what is undoubtedly the biggest fish of his burgeoning career: Khama Billiat.

Unlike anything he has handled in the past, Billiat represents a grand entry into the big time.

Billiat is the best paid footballer in Southern Africa, earning is R833 333 per month - a different universe from managing dancehall artists and rappers.

So is Vokal (29) ready for the job?

“I got into talent management about eight years ago. A friend introduced to DJ Fantan.l and since the I have won several awards with Seh Calaz and Stunner.

With Stunner we won seven awards in a single year after he had endured a dry spell. We really worked hard as a team,” says a confident Vokal.

He has built a reputation as a grafter who puts his heart and soul into his projects, running around as if his life depends on it.

Contrary to popular belief, Vokal is not as oblivious of the football world as his critics may assume.

His friendship with Billiat, which has culminated into a professional management agreement, started as a high school soccer rivalry.

“Our schools competed against each other regularly, from there we became friends. He was playing for Lord Malvern and I was playing for Mbare High,” Vokal told The Southern Times Sport.

Before venturing into music management, he had a football career which was cut short by misfortune.

“After finishing high school, I started playing soccer professionally. I played in Division one and Division Two for Hunters FC before an injury forced me to quit.”

He comes into the fray when Billiat`s ability is under question after a blundering season at Kaizer Chiefs, pundits are saying his performance does not match his wage bill.

Some are even questioning his age, a conversation which forced Billiat`s mother to produce birth records in an attempt to disprove the narrative.

Vokal is under no illusion on the mammoth task that awaits him.

“Yes, he has been under pressure because of his form lately because people know his capabilities, but it is only a matter of time before he is back in tune again,” said Vokal.

He already has had a bit of controversy in his new role. 

Vokal wrote a stern letter to Billiat`s former handlers, M-Sports, who were continuing to release statements to the media over the player`s form after their contract had lapsed.

Vokal is not your everyday sports manager, who wear designer suits and loafers.

He is a streetwise hustler who fits in almost every affluent social circle in Harare, his birthday parties are among the biggest events on the entertainment scene.

A boy from the poor ghetto of Mbare now has the world at his feet.

 

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