Mu­si­cal bar­ri­ers are never go­ing to hold Holly back

The Star Early Edition - - MUSIC -

a few months af­ter send­ing it, Graça Machel gave a talk at my school and told me she loves my song. You can imag­ine how that felt.”

When she was 13 she signed her first pub­lish­ing deal, with Sony AT V, and when she was 15 she signed her first record deal and re­leased her first al­bum. “I think peo­ple ex­pected my al­bum, 24/7, to be pop, but it wasn’t be­cause that isn’t me. It was Afro-pop and it did re­ally well.”

Soon af­ter her al­bum dropped she was ap­proached by Ukhozi FM to join their Nyosi Vol­ume road­show.

Fast track to 2016 – she joined forces with Shota to re­lease their hit sin­gle, Sa­bela, she was fea­tured on Pro­fes­sor’s hit sin­gle, Colour Blind Love, and she re­leased Gumba.

“For me 2016 was re­ally a great year. I trav­elled a lot and per­formed for thou­sands of peo­ple, which means so much to me. I col­lab­o­rated with Shota on Sa­bela, which was a great suc­cess. I still get goose­bumps when peo­ple sing it back to me word for word.”

I told Holly I heard a song of hers while on hol­i­day in Namibia.

“That is so cool. Some of my mu­sic is played in like 14 dif­fer­ent coun­tries across the con­ti­nent, which is a lit­tle over­whelm­ing when I think about it but I am so grate­ful.”

Although 2016 was a great year for her, she sees 2015 as the high­light of her ca­reer so far. “I got to per­form at the Cape Town Jazz Fes­ti­val along­side PJ Pow­ers and the Ma­hotella Queens. I was the youngest to ever per­form on that stage. It was such an hon­our.” So what’s next for Holly? “Well right now I am in my third year at univer­sity study­ing con­tem­po­rary me­dia. I am go­ing to be do­ing a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tions with some big names in the in­dus­try, not just in South Africa but also in other parts of Africa. I’d love to re­lease an­other al­bum but I want to do so when the mar­ket de­mands, not just when my mother and friends will go out and buy it.”

‘I’m not some white girl try­ing to be some­thing she’s not,’ says Holly Wasser­fall.

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