Top 10 Things You Might have Known About Thami Sobhede – Thami Shobede is a KZN-born musician.
Although he did not win the competition, he was the runner up and went on to work on his solo music career, which proves, we all have a fighting spirit.
- Who was Thami outside Idols? Thami had a strong relationship with God. He believed his success is because of the grace of God.
2. He finally established his career following countless times of trying on Idols, since 2005 when he was only 17 years old, he finally got a chance. He entered SA Idols in 2015 and again in 2016 where he made it to the Top 2 Idols.
3. His believed that music is a gift and a language that artists, musicians utilise to share stories, not necessarily a narrative we associate with, but also take outside experiences and with one’s vocal gift unify, and help to send the message to those in need to heal.
4. He borrowed inspiration from various local musicians like Zakes Bantwini, (Hugh) Masikela, groups like Micasa and The Soil, and international artists like Anthony Hamilton, Joss Stone, Lemar and James Brown.
5. In the past, he used to play the Scottish bagpipe and ranked as a private in the military. He previously was also a learner, through a Learnership Programme at Transnet (a railway company) in Johannesburg, where he was studying to become a technician.
6. He lived in KZN for most of his life and sometimes felt like some artists are failing to help possible talent trapped in poverty-stricken rural areas. He once mentioned Winning Idols is his first short term goal; in the long term, he would have liked to have three internationally released albums, get a Billboard nomination and help the world in discovering.
7. Thami has written several of his own songs which he likes to perform at his gigs. His afro-pop single, Sthandwa, made it to number 1 on the iTunes Charts and was well received by viewers when he performed it for the first time. Since leaving the competition.
8. His Album “NeverLost” made its debut on the iTunes chart at number 1, and was recently nominated for a SAMA Award for 2018. His charisma, good manners and memorable stage presence makes Thami popular for any event
9. Thami cemented his status as a fan favourite on the show when he performed Ed Sheeran’s Photograph on the show. His performance will give you goosies.
10. “Idols SA” season 12 runner-up Thami Shobede has died at age 31, as confirmed by Mzansi Magic on Thursday. The “Sthandwa” singer died at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria according to his record label Gallo Record Company.
REST IN PEACE Thami Sobhede!