Zkhiphani and Tullamore Dew have teamed up to talk to various South African artists to explore the beauty of how they have blended cultures and perspectives to create new artistic expressions.
SAMA nominated singer/songwriter, Thando took the music industry by storm when she released her debut EP, A Force To Be Reckoned With. The 6 track EP came to define her boldness as an artist and effectively introduce us to her unique style of R&B and Soul.
The EP released 27 November 2020 chronicles the story of Thando’s love life and how she has let go of some relationships. Each song details the story of a new relationship narrated with a soulful authentic voice that makes her sound distinctively timeless.
We had a chat with the 20-year-old artist about how her EP came about and what defines her as an artist. She explains that the name for the EP didn’t come about until she had written a few songs in the project.
“The kind of boldness of A Force To Be Reckoned With hadn’t come until after I had written a few songs… as soon as I came into the name I was like, I have to make a mark, I have to make a name for myself and that’s who I’m gonna be”, she says.
She touches on the process of making her EP and explains that it is completely different to making a single. Mentioning that making a body of work was never part of the plan for her.
“My plan was just to create singles. I had never even thought about creating an album or body of work or anything of that sort”, she explains. Saying that the idea to release a body of work came from the people around her who encouraged her to consider working on a project. This was after she released her debut single, Weak, which got her a bit of traction.
Thando says that she considers the sound of the EP as new wave as it is a slow R&B kind of a sound. Although she does want to branch out into a Pop sound and explore different other genres.