The Temptations aren’t so tempted by African cuisine!

By Doreen Mokgolo

Legendary US motown group The Temptations were not swayed into eating traditional African cuisine during a school tour in Ekurhuleni on Tuesday. 

As part of their tour of Mzansi, the singers of the classic tune “My Girl” visited the Ekurhuleni School of the Arts and Rhoo Hlatshwayo Art Centre to get a feel of the young artists in the township of Daveyton.

After the visit to the school, the band members were also meant to have a taste of African cuisine prepared in their honour at Butcher 2.0 — a local restaurant. 

But upon their arrival at the restaurant, the legendary singers couldn’t be tempted to taste the local cuisine – and they refused to get out of their tour bus!

Attempts by their tour manager and officials from the City of Ekurhuleni failed — citing that they were tired, hungry and had to go to their hotel.

The band’s headliner Benard Gibson, who has been with the group the longest, was absent from the tour.


However, earlier in the day during their visit to the Ekurhuleni School of the Arts, a new member offered some wise words to the learners.

Lovel Jackson advised the young artists not to trust anyone in the industry and to read and understand their contracts themselves.

“Take your time before signing the contracts; take it to your lawyer for a second opinion if you have to.

“Not everyone in the industry has your best interest at heart. Always ensure that your back is covered or you will end up being tied to a contract that will eventually kill your career,” he said.

He encouraged the learners that the band was formed in high school before it turned into a world-celebrated soul group.

“The training that you receive today will go a long way in shaping your future as an artist,” he added.

Scrolla understands that the visit to the two art schools was not part of their contract for the tour of South Africa which kick-started in Cape Town. The visit to the school, including a trip to the restaurant, was allegedly sneaked into the tour at the last minute.

Picture above: The Temptations

Image source: Doreen Mokgolo

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