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Meet Thoko Namuya: Dynamic LA-based Southern African artist taking the world by storm

Every once in a while, an artist comes along and turns your world upside down, and reminds you why you music is such a vital part of human existence. Sure, the music industry consistently churns out music from old and new artists, but what’s rare these days is music that is genuinely real in composition. Music that allows the composer to be vulnerable, sincere and open. That’s rare, expression in its rawest form is difficult to come by nowadays.

LA-based Southern Africa audio engineer and vocalist, Thoko Namuya, who grew up in Zambia and South Africa, is an artist relishing in her truth. A truth that affords her an opportunity to express herself without conforming to the pop world, and in doing so she is able to build a fan base that she can age with and curate personalised, meaningful experiences for. Stylistically, she can easily remind you of soulful artists such as Sarah Vaughn, Erykah Badu and Esperanza Spalding.

Her sound is rich in textures drawn from contemporary Jazz, R&B and Neo-Soul complemented by African melodies, rhythms and harmonies. With this very sound comes ‘Fallin’, her breakout single which has gifted her local and global acclaim, from international music blogs to being played on one of South Africa’s biggest alternative music radio show headed by Kid Fonque, Selective Styles.

Thoko is undeniably a treasure, one that we should champion, support and be grateful for, as she is setting new standards for music in Southern Africa.

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