Who is Thabsie?
I’m a singer and songwriter based in Joburg, but I was born and raised in Cape Town. I graduated at the University of Johannesburg in economics and econometrics then I worked for an investment bank.
When did the music bug bite?
I have loved music since I was a child. I used to write songs from a really young age. But how I got into the industry is I started as a backing vocalist for a lot of upcoming artists. Then I moved to bigger names like Donald and Proverb in 2013 to 2015. But I was still working in corporate at the time.
When did you decide to leave corporate to pursue music completely?
I decided to quit my job after two years because I wasn’t happy anymore. So I took a chance last year to pursue my passion, which is music.
How did you come to work with Kwesta?
I met Kwesta through a mutual connect – Psyfo. He knew that Kwesta needed a female vocalist on the song and he suggested me. So we got into studio and it was recorded two years ago, but it became a single this year.
How are you finding the fame?
It’s pretty amazing! I didn’t expect this when I quit my job last year, I was still trying to pave my way and find myself. It is overwhelming because the single with Kwesta fast-tracked my journey.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s hard to say because all my body of work is different. But the music I make is new school R&B. My new single African Queen is still R&B but with African beats.
Tell us me more about your upcoming album?
My album is titled Songs about you and will drop in September. I started writing the album three years ago when I was going through heartbreak. Every song is about someone in my life. It is a very personal album. Listeners can find a song to relate to. It has 10 tracks and I feature the likes of Kid X, JR, Kwesta and Psyfo.
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