May 28, 2017

FS artist joyous about SAMA nomination

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On cloud nine…Taylor K

On cloud nine…Taylor K

Blooming artist Taylor K, whose real name is Katleho Makatsa, has been nominated for best Kwaito album in the SAMA Music Awards.

The Bloemfontein-born artist has been selected for his album Paper Chase, which was released in December last year.

The independent artist’s journey in the Kwaito industry began 10 years ago when he was part of a group called Choice. However, he decided to go solo in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since.

“I am very excited and grateful about this nomination. When I left the group three years ago I told myself that I am going to work extra hard, and now I am reaping the benefits. This goes to show that hard work never kills,” he said.

Taylor K has stiff competition to fend off if he were to win the award. Artists such as Big-Nuz, Bricks, and Mshoza have been successful in the Kwaito industry for many years, and for this reason, Taylor K will have his work cut out for him.

“I never in my dreams thought that I would be nominated in South Africa’s biggest music award, but I am not phased because whether I might win the award or not. I am just proud that my music is recognised nationally and grateful to have worked with some of the most talented artists in the Free State.

“This nomination is a boost for the status of Kwaito in the Free State and for South Africa as a whole. It shows that Kwaito is still an industry to be reckoned with and being nominated proves that the level of Kwaito in the Free State is very good. And I believe this will motivate aspiring local artists in many ways” Taylor K noted.

“One of the reasons I got nominated was because I am relevant to the Kwaito industry and I can adjust through the times. I am not afraid to take a hip-hop beat and put Kwaito lyrics on it. I am currently the best Kwaito artist in the game because my music appeals to both the old-school and new age market” the 2Skyf hitmaker said.

Taylor K’s song 2Skyf, off his 2016 album Paper Chase, has been a hit on various local and national radio stations. The artist hopes that the song’s success and SAMA nomination will pave a way for the new single he released on Wednesday
“I released a single called Gusheshe during the week, and in just under 24 hours the single has about 2 500 downloads. I am pleased with the progress that my music is making” he said.

“I’ve worked very hard to get to where I am and I plan on working even harder in future. Nonetheless, I would like to tell up-coming Kwaito artists that they should always believe in themselves no matter what.

The music industry is tough, more so the Kwaito industry. People will try to discourage and criticize you but you must be motivated to succeed. Additionally, one should approach the music industry with a business mentality; artists should not just think of themselves as just artists but as entrepreneurs that will create employment for other people” he added.

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