Thabsie stunned the country when she featured on Kwesta’s massive hit single ‘Ngiyaz’fela Ngawe’ earlier this year and has quickly become a popular name in the local R&B space. Over the past three years, she has been working on her debut album and now, ‘Songs About You’ is finally here. This week, we chat to the star about working with Kwesta, the emotional content on the album and her new single ‘African Queen.

Congrats on the new album! It’s been a record three years in the making. What took so long to release this album?

I wanted it to be a natural process and it just happened to take three years. I wanted to release this album when I felt ready and it wasn’t something I wanted to rush.

We found this album to be quite different to anything else we’ve heard within the R&B genre. Was this your intention going into the creation process?

My intention was to tell my story and to introduce who Thabsie to the people who are listening to the album. I think that by the virtue of me being me, it makes me different to anything else out there which is a plus.

The songs are beautifully written. How important was it to bring your own stories into the songs on this album.

Extremely important. The songs are my own story and every single song comes from a personal experience of mine. Every single song is attached to someone which is why the title ‘Songs About You’ fits the album so perfectly. It’s a very real and raw album.

The emotion seems to pour out of you when you sing. Do you think this helps audiences connect with your music?

Yes, definitely. I think that when you are vulnerable and real and yourself then people can’t not connect to your music. That is our common thread as human beings. If I can identify in something from someone else that is how I connect. My music is real because I sing about things people have or will go through at some point in their lives.

Tell us a bit about the album’s new single ‘African Queen’. What inspired it?

‘African Queen’ is probably one of my favourite songs on the album and I fell in love with it when a good friend of mine who sent me the track. It’s got a very continental sound which is where I think music is going. He titled the track ‘African Queen’ which inspired me to write about an African queen and how she wants to be loved.

You were the featured artist on Kwesta’s massive single ‘Ngiyaz’fela Ngawe’. What was it like working with the rapper?

It was an absolute pleasure working with Kwesta. I still work very closely with him as we continue to push the song and it’s been an honour that Kwesta saw something in a ‘nobody’ in the music industry and attach his brand to yours. It’s been a really cool working relationship from the studio to the video shoot and now the live performances. I really admire him and his work.

You collaborate with more rappers on the record. How do you think the hip-hop features elevate the message you’re sending through your music?

It wasn’t a strategic thing working with rappers on the album and it all just fell into place. I don’t think that hip-hop elevated the message. It was more about coming together with another artist and tell a story regardless of genre. I think that everyone I collaborated with on the album helped me tell my story. We all connected and I think that’s pretty dope.

Now that the album is out, what else can we expect from you over the next few months?

We’re going to push ‘Songs About You, get Thabsie out there, get the music out there, grow the brand and reach as many people as possible.

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