Asanda Mqiki sings at Olympia Bakery. Picture: Loyiso Mali
Picture: Loyiso Mali

In the wake of a Cape Town tour, Asanda Mqiki is fund raising for her solo album. This awesome new talent is destined to make an impact on South Africa’s Afro jazz landscape – so support her and participate in her creative journey: https://www.thundafund.com/project/asandamqikidebutalbum

Selected as one of the Top 5 of the espAfrika  espYoungLegends in 2017, Asanda has a signature style that combines jazz, soul, funk with influences from kwaito and R&B. She was previously lead vocalist for Take Note, with whom she released two albums and performed at the Joy of Jazz.

The team on the road

The ‘Baby Boys’ lineup

Asanda Mqiki (lead vocals), Thoba Goba (drums), Mthokozisi Mabuza (first keys), Big Q – Qaqambile Qingana (second keys/synths), Grant Allison (bass guitar), Kamva Goba (percussion) and Joash Soobramoney (tenor sax).

A star in the making

“I made the move to become a solo artist in 2013, after performing with artists such as The Soil, Take Note & Poetic Mahambehlala. My backing band is a group of amazing musicians who we call The Baby Boys 🙂 We’ve performed all over SA & been asked constantly when we will release an album, so I am really excited to announce that will we go into studio soon! We need YOUR help to make this happen – please pre-buy the album or one of the packages,” says Asanda.

“I have been in the music scene for some time now, close to 11 years. I’ve been exploring different sounds and influences, and have featured in different groups, all of which has been a journey towards finding my unique sound, which draws on African jazz, soul, funk and “world music”.  Whenever I have performed I have been asked: “when can we buy your album?” I’ve been promising one for years and now we are ready! My vision for this album is for it to showcase my original music, which has been so loved by live audiences. I want it to cross borders and be heard in South Africa and across the world.  Being an independent artist has taught me a lot about patience and hard work, but there’s also freedom in being independent, the freedom to express your music however you want to and not be told what to say. This album is inspired by everything around me and the life I’m grateful to live.

These are the incredible musicians that I am privileged to have working with me – talented, creative and hardworking.  It’s never enough actually to just credit them with the instrument they play – together we make the music and without them it wouldn’t exist.

The project needs R100 000 

Asanda is raising money to record, mix and master her band’s first full-length album, and towards a launch tour in early 2018. They will be recording at F# Studios in Cape Town, and plan to  have guest musicians joining them. The album should be ready for launch in the band’s hometown of Port Elizabeth on Friday 2 February 2018.

For rewards that include tickets – these can be allocated to any of these shows for the 2018 Official Album Launch Tour:
* Friday 2 February at the Savoy Theatre, Port Elizabeth
* Wednesday 7 February at the Centro Cultural Franco Moçambicano – CCFM, Maputo
* Friday 9 February at the Good Luck Bar, Joburg
* Saturday 10 February at The Chairman, Durban
* TBC – Friday 16 February at the Fort Hare University Music Dept, East London
* Cape Town shows soon be confirmed – March to May 2018

The milestones

Adds Asanda: “Our plan is to complete an incredible debut album.  We have the material, the vibes and desire – we just need some cash! Recording is not cheap but we are keeping things economical without compromising quality and are lucky to have some awesome people on board helping us out and giving us good rates, but even so…

Who: Asanda Mqiki
Fund Raising: https://www.thundafund.com/project/asandamqikidebutalbum
Social media: https://soundcloud.com/asanda-mqiki, https://twitter.com/asanda_mqikihttps://www.instagram.com/asandamqiki/, https://www.facebook.com/asanda.mqiki/
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