Retreat singer launches mix

2015-10-27 06:00
Rea is launching her debut album this week. 

Crybaby Entertainment

Rea is launching her debut album this week. PHOTO: Crybaby Entertainment

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Retreat singer Rea will be launching her debut mix tape at Gemini Lounge in Lansdowne on Thursday.

Produced by Damian Roman from Cry­baby Entertainment, The audition features a selection of cover songs and original music that showcase the 19-year-old’s vocal abilities and persona as an artist.

Her music has been described as an urban, neo-soulish sound with a pop edge to it, which is not surprising considering her influences range from the likes of Anita Baker, Regina Belle and Bebe Winans to Tori Kelly and Jhene Aiko.

Born into a very musical family, Rea was just six when she started performing. Her father was a full-time musician who often let her tag along to shows, while her mother was a vocalist for the gospel group New Birth.

Her parents played a big role in encouraging her to pursue her musical dream.

Although she’s been approached by other producers and artists wanting her to collaborate on projects, Rea was never keen on recording until she came across Damian on Face­book.

She sent him a voice clip and Damian was so impressed he set up a meeting to see how they could work together.

The result is Rea’s nine-track debut release The audition.

Since recording her work, Damian has also taken on the role of Rea’s music manager. Together they plan to release 8 to 10 mix tapes while Rea works on defining her own original style.

Each mix tape will be released with five music videos, which will be loaded onto a number of different online platforms to try and get as much exposure as possible.

Her launch on Thursday will also be filmed. She’ll be joined on the night by a full band, opening act Protégé (a boy band) and MC Ben Caesar. Guests will also be able to watch Rea’s promotional video and a video biography, while Damian will be giving a beat-making demonstration.

The evening, which starts at 21:00, will include lucky draws with prizes to the value of R1000.

Tickets cost R100 each. Call 076 508 0382 for bookings or more information. Visit the REA page on Facebook for more information on Rea and her music.

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