Frew’s mu­si­cal ca­reer on the rise

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CARA FREW had wanted to be a singer from the age of seven. She stud­ied mu­sic at school and had the op­por­tu­nity to go to Los An­ge­les to study song­writ­ing. In 2010, Frew trav­elled be­tween South Africa and the US, learn­ing about mu­sic in both coun­tries.

“The in­dus­try is great here so I came back and re­built my­self. Over the years I’ve man­aged to write songs and col­lab­o­rate with sev­eral artists. I was very in­spired by all the peo­ple I worked with in South Africa,” she said.

When it came to sit­ting down and work­ing on a spe­cific project with some pro­duc­ers, Frew found it dif­fi­cult to find some­one who wasn’t al­ready busy with their own projects.

“In 2015 I went to the Ul­tra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Mi­ami, where I got to per­form with Black Cof­fee and also had the chance to sit in on some song-writ­ing ses­sions, con­nect­ing with a song­writer there.”

Frew said she was lucky be­cause in Los An­ge­les there were song­writ­ers who fo­cused specif­i­cally on projects to help new mu­si­cians.

“I’m work­ing with some­one who has time to ded­i­cate to an end goal and put an al­bum to­gether with me,” she said.

Hav­ing just re­ceived her two-year work­ing visa, she’ll be able to spend more time fine-tun­ing her craft. “I’ll still be man­ag­ing my time be­tween both coun­tries as I have gigs here at home and I’m a Jo­han­nes­burg girl at heart,” she said.

The 25-year-old is work­ing on her first full al­bum. Her first sin­gle, Dance, was re­leased last Fri­day. “My mu­sic is pop vo­cals over African-in­spired beats, not tribal, but lots of African sounds with beats and rhythms,” she ex­plains. She said the re­cep­tion she re­ceived from fans was al­ways pos­i­tive.

“I love how sup­port­ive they are and proud of the work I have done so far. I love what I do and I am work­ing as hard as I can to give fans a gen­uine ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Frew.

With this al­bum she hopes to cre­ate a brand for her­self and per­form around the world.

“I want to al­ways be in­spired and mo­ti­vated, and be able to in­spire other artists to chase their dreams,” said Frew.

She said she had to prove to her father that this was what she re­ally wanted to do.

“When I reached out to Black Cof­fee, he ini­tially didn’t get back to me. Then, I was at the ADE fes­ti­val in Am­s­ter­dam dur­ing the year, where South African mu­sic was be­ing cel­e­brated and I in­tro­duced my­self to him, telling him I was a singer-song­writer.

“He later saw a video of mine I had posted af­ter Madiba died and he heard the song and wanted to col­lab­o­rate with me,” she said.

That’s how Frew ended up be­ing the voice be­hind the mul­ti­award-win­ning DJ’s song I’ll Find You.

Frew works ev­ery sin­gle day to im­prove her skills. She said it was be­liev­ing in her self­worth that helped get her this far, even try­ing out for Idols to prove to her father that she was se­ri­ous about singing.

“Go­ing through that process and sit­ting in on the work­shops made me want this even more,” said Frew. “You have to wake up ev­ery morn­ing and know that you are in­tel­li­gent and beau­ti­ful.”

WELL-RE­CEIVED: Cara Frew’s mu­sic can be de­scribed as pop vo­cals over African-in­spired beats and rhythms.

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