Al­bum helps Se­dumedi find her voice again

Bass gui­tarist gets vo­cal

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI mpiletso.motumi@inl.co.za @mane_mpi

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 Dif­fer

ence, 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.

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