Singer Bobby Kim Reborn After 'Hellish' Back Injury

      October 08, 2011 08:25

      Bobby Kim has returned to the stage after a mishap earlier this year that caused most people to rule him out of show business for life. The 38-year-old singer, who debuted 17 years ago as a member of the group Dr. Reggae, suffered a broken rib and fractured backbone after falling from the second floor of a building in April and was not expected to recover.

      But he overcame his injury in several months and is feeling reborn and ready to take on the world.

      He is now appearing on the popular music program "I Am a Singer" and plans to release his fourth album within this month with his three-member hip-hop group Buga Kingz, which formed back in 1998. On Oct. 1 he launched a national tour called "Soul Together" starting at the Seoul Olympic Hall in Jamsil.

      Bobby Kim

      The Chosun Ilbo met up with Kim last week and talked about his nightmare injury and how he got back on his feet.

      "It was a hellish experience," Kim said. "I had to lie down for 24 hours a day and wondered if this was the end of my career. I even wondered what I had done wrong to deserve this and prayed that I would live righteously if I could only walk again."

      But he made what some consider a miraculous recovery without surgery and started to walk again just a month and a half later after undergoing physical therapy. He started performing again in August wearing a back support brace.

      "It was really tough, because I broke my ribs and had a hard time breathing," Kim said.

      When asked whether he was pushing himself too hard, Kim said, "I am really busy with my album, performing on 'I Am a Singer,' and practicing for my upcoming concert, but that's how I like it." He added that Buga Kingz will be releasing its first album in three years and that he was putting the final touches on it.

      He said surviving the vagaries of show business required the patience of a saint -- one of his virtues.

      "I am pretty sensitive, but I become very patient when I am involved in a big project and I think that allowed me to endure 11 years of anonymity as an artist," he said.

      Now Kim has designs to perform as part of a band and even engage in a duet with another male singer. "All of this can be done in a concert format, so I plan to hold more concerts," he said. "Oh and one more thing -- I would like to fall in love."

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