Album helps Sedumedi find her voice again
Bass guitarist gets vocal
TEBOGO Sedumedi (aka Aus Tebza) didn’t realise that learning how to play a bass guitar would be the first step to her destiny.
She always wanted to start an all-girl band, and when that finally came together in the early 2000s, the only thing missing was a bass guitarist.
“I was already learning how to play the guitar, so took it upon myself to learn to play the bass, which we didn’t have in the group,” she said.
Deeva, as the group was known, went on to do bigger things, such as working with the motswako hip-hop sensation HHP.
“That is where a lot of people know me from,” said Sedumedi.
While many people know her only as a bass guitarist, her vocal work dates back to when she was a 15-year-old.
Over the years she has worked with a number of artists as a session bassist, including Gang of Instrumentals, Max-hoba, Kelly Khumalo, JR, The Muffinz and Swazi Dlamini.
“I saw working with these artists as as an opportunity; it added value to my work as a bass player.”
Now she is excited about her own album, which took three years to perfect.
“A lot of people are surprised that I can sing. This was my chance to reintroduce myself as a singer, songwriter and arranger,” she said.
Her new single, Aye, is all about love and being in a happy space. Sedumedi said it was important for her to write the song in a way that would show what life means to her and the value people have in her life.
“It is an amazing song, it celebrates love. It represents where I am in life. This single has more of a South African sound. It is easy on the ear, simple to understand, and people will be able to engage with it,” she added.
The album, Make A Difference, has 11 tracks on it and is independently produced.
It is available on iTunes and copies are available from Sedumedi herself on her various social media platforms.
“The industry has changed, we can’t sit and wait for someone to do things for you,” Sedumedi said.
ON SONG: Tebogo Sedumedi is widely known as a bass guitarist but is also an accomplished vocalist.