We caught up with South African singer Thuli Scott who has recently released her debut single, ‘Ride With Me’.
For those who don’t know you yet, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved in the music industry.
I started singing in the church choir when I was 15 years old. My mother wanted me to become a nurse but I decided that I was going to be a singer. I started doing some studio sessions and did back up vocals vocals for musicians such as Penny Penny, Ester M, Jimmy B & TK.
You did release your first album many years ago. Why did you decide to take a break from recording, and what did you do during this time?
I did my first album when I was very young and inexperienced. I didn’t have much input on the production and I wanted to make sure that when I got back into the studio I had more control and input on everything. Whilst I took a break from the studio I didn’t take a break from music. I travelled overseas doing gigs, gaining experience and developing my voice and my sound.
Tell us more about your new album. What can people expect?
The tracks on the album talk about everyday issues that everybody faces including me. There are also upbeat tracks which will want you to get up and dance. There are some great collaborations with talented local artists.
What, in your opinion, is the state of the SA Music industry at the moment?
It is still developing and moving in the right direction. Local musicians are starting to take advantage of social media to get their tracks out to the public which is a great avenue. We are starting to see some of the SA musicians getting exposure globally on the likes of Trace TV which can only be good for the industry as a whole. Independent labels are also increasing in numbers allowing musicians an opportunity to take more control over what they are producing.