Thami ready to fly with creamy album
Missing out on ‘Idols’ title did not hold back rural boy
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.”
‘ Idols SA’ runner-up Thami Shobede is living his dream but he wants more in the near future.