Breaking SA music moulds

2016-08-03 06:00
Deme (right) and Niqi Harris of DéMonique have just released their latest single, 'Break the floor'. PHOTO: supplied

Deme (right) and Niqi Harris of DéMonique have just released their latest single, 'Break the floor'. PHOTO: supplied

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GROWING up surrounded by music, Pietermaritzburg­ sisters Deme and Niqi Harris, known as DéMonique, are determined to change the face of the South African music industry.

With two albums, Ain’t That Innocent and First & Foremost, under their belt, DéMonique’s latest single, Break the Floor was inspired by dance. They wanted to tap into a type of pop genre they felt was lacking in the SA music scene.

“We found Mangray Music, a producer we gelled with, and created Break the Floor for people around the world to get their feel-good twerk on.”

It was the love of music and the artists they idolised growing up that inspired the Harris sisters to get into music.

“We grew up around music to the point that it was basically a way of life. We were in a band for a while, then ventured out on our own,” they said.

With the likes of some of the greats including Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Pink, among others, DéMonique pride themselves on being unique.

“We seem to run in the opposite direction of everything that’s apparently the norm. We’d say we are unique in everything from our type of music and act, to hair and dress sense, if it’s something we just don’t do, its follow trends,” said the sisters.

Deme and Niqi matriculated from Raisethorpe Secondary School, and live in Gauteng. They started singing at a young age and performed many times while at in school, but only took it seriously as a career a few years back.

“People underestimate the power of music. Beside the fact that we knew we could sing and it was our passion, we wanted to prove that sometimes what people say is impossible, is actually very possible. We are making it known that this is one of the most difficult career choices,” they said.

DéMonique have opened for international artists including Pitbull, Jay Sean and Fat Man Scoop.

The sister said that they always wanted to sing together.

“Sisters by nature, besties by choice,” they said. They have many similarities that make the duo work well, but they are different in many ways too.

“I am super-chilled, but business is business and when it comes to that I am a perfectionist. I’m a go-getter and appreciate the little things in life,” said Deme.

Niqi on the other hand is the spontaneous one. “Spontaneous, which sometimes edges on impulsive, which is not always a good thing. Passionate about love, life and anything delicious, mostly anything chocolate,” she joked.

DéMonique are excited about their new single and will drop the video for it soon.

“Thereafter we have other exciting releases, collaborations, tours, and since people always ask us about our unique sense of style, who knows, possibly even a DéMonique collection somewhere down the line.”

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