Kay­low to ‘Reach Out’ on jour­ney

Soul-search­ing to make the dif­fer­ence re­sumes for mu­si­cian

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IT HAS BEEN about 16 years since Kay­low recorded a song for the first time, but many only know him through his suc­cess­ful 2015 al­bum Reach Out.

The soul singer didn’t al­ways know that he would one day record his own mu­sic. He used to spend most of his days jam­ming to beats and putting his voice to other’s songs.

“Some weren’t re­leased and some of the others I don’t even re­mem­ber. That’s how Dif­fer­ence came to be,” he said, talk­ing about the hot house tune he lent his voice to that be­came a hit in the UK and con­tin­ued to be a big song for house en­thu­si­asts lo­cally.

“My ca­reer came about through work­ing with peo­ple. I never took it se­ri­ously at first, so I kept record­ing on dif­fer­ent beats.

“If I liked it, I would jam with them and then some­times I would hear the song on the ra­dio or hear it be­ing played by some­one.”

The Soul Café singer said he was work­ing on a fol­low-up to his first al­bum. His song War For You is the first re­lease of the items for his up­com­ing sec­ond al­bum.

“I no­ticed how no one is fight­ing for their love th­ese days. I can fight for love with mu­sic, I can go to war for love, and that’s how the song came up,” he said.

Kay­low, whose real name is Kelello Se­goana, said the song came at a time when the coun­try was fight­ing vi­o­lence against women.

He worked with a num­ber of pro­duc­ers on the al­bum. “It has taken dras­tic turns. I ini­tially hoped to work with in­ter­na­tional acts such as Kem and Eric Benet but that didn’t work out. I choose peo­ple who I can cre­ate a sound with.

“Lo­cally I worked with 14 dif­fer­ent pro­duc­ers. I did 24 songs but I’ll only choose 14 for the al­bum.

“Peo­ple have been giv­ing me beats, and it has been crazy go­ing to stu­dio, cre­at­ing mu­sic and still hav­ing more to of­fer.

“My al­bums have a soul sec­tion with the pi­ano and gui­tar, some R&B-soul vibe with the in­stru­ments, then of course some dance and soul-deep house,” he said.

Kay­low said he found it hard to be a celebrity and tried his best not to fit into that life­style.

“I’m a mu­si­cian more than a celebrity. I’m the type of guy you’ll find chill­ing with the boys and eat­ing some pap and meat,” he said. He writes his own mu­sic. “Most of the time I have to feel the beat. My men­tal state is al­ways about gen­eral life. I’m able to keep peo­ple around me and write from those ex­pe­ri­ences. Most of the songs are hardly about me.

“When I at­tach my­self to the mu­sic like that I’m afraid I won’t want to sing the songs again, but I am spir­i­tu­ally, phys­i­cally and vo­cally in the mu­sic.”

Kay­low will be shoot­ing the video for War For You by the end of the month.

He said he was most in­flu­enced by peo­ple who had paved a ca­reer for them­selves and had “archives” of mu­sic to their names.

“I feel like this is the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer.

“I was born singing, and the best way to stay above it all is to keep peo­ple around, and the same way it started should be the same way it con­tin­ues. Let’s talk about my mu­sic jour­ney af­ter 10 al­bums.”

ON TRACK: Soul singer and song­writer Kay­low re­cently re­leased his new sin­gle, War For You. The Soul Café artist is work­ing on a new al­bum that will pick up where his pre­vi­ous hit-re­lease, Reach Out, left off.

Pic­ture: Nh­lanhla Phillips

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