Thami ready to fly with creamy al­bum

Miss­ing out on ‘Idols’ ti­tle did not hold back ru­ral boy

Sowetan - - Timeout | Music - By Re­fentse Makga­matha

Naked on his al­bum cover with cream drip­ping off his abs, Idols SA run­ner-up Thami Shobede may have missed out on the ti­tle but pos­sesses all the qual­i­ties to go all the way up in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

The 29-year-old from Mtu­batuba in KZN is not just a singer; he plays the Scot­tish pipes as well.

“I’ve been singing since I was 16 and got the op­por­tu­nity to be a ser­vant of the coun­try in the South African Na­tional De­fence Force in 2010 and it was there where I played the Scot­tish bag­pipes,” he says.

Now, with the help of song­writer Percy Vi­lakazi, he has put to­gether a hot al­bum, Never Lost, which con­sists of sym­bolic songs.

“For ex­am­ple, the song Let­ting Go is about an ex, while Then­jiwe is about my child­hood crush and My Heart Is Yours is ded­i­cated to my girl­friend whom I’ve been with since 2010,” he says.

He ex­plains the cream on the cover: “It came from when Somizi [Idols SA judge] com­pli­mented me af­ter my Jeal­ous per­for­mance and com­pared me to fresh milk. From there, my fans then la­beled them­selves as Team Fresh Milk.”

The al­bum re­leased last month hit top spot on iTunes.

Shobede has had his fair share of fe­male at­ten­tion, some­times a lit­tle un­pleas­ant.

“There’s a stalker fan called Nthato who has my num­ber and my fam­ily mem­bers’ num­bers. I don’t know how she got it but she texted me pre­tend­ing to be Idols judge Unathi.”

“Re­cently I was at a shisa nyama in East­ern Cape and five women jumped on me so rough I went un­der the ta­ble and one of them hit her head on the ta­ble.

“Oh, and some send me nude pic­tures on so­cial me­dia,” he says gig­gling.

Un­for­tu­nately for his le­gion of fe­male fans, Shobede is happy with his girl­friend.

“We have been on and off since 2010. She is not about this fame thing but fully sup­port­ive of my ca­reer.”

He opens up when talk­ing about his fam­ily and friends.

“De­spite the fame, I am still close to my friends back in KZN and I haven’t let fame change me one bit. My mother and sib­lings are cur­rently liv­ing on the East Rand. To think I once couldn’t pay my own rent and now I am pay­ing for mine and my mother’s... she is my big­gest fan, though she was not there to raise me as she was young when she had me. To­day we have the best re­la­tion­ship ever, I love my mother more than any­one.”

He plans to study mu­sic abroad, and re­lease an acous­tic al­bum.

“I want to mo­ti­vate young vil­lage chil­dren to dream out­side their cir­cum­stances.”

/ SANDILE NDLOVU

‘ Idols SA’ run­ner-up Thami Shobede is liv­ing his dream but he wants more in the near fu­ture.

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