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THABO first broke through as an artist singing with a Yorkshire band (Extra Curricular) in the late 2000s before embarking on his own solo career in 2011 with his three piece band The Real Deal.
The same three musicians are still with him today - pianist/producer Aron Kyne, guitarist Emmanuel Allert and percussionist/drummer Ali Mac.
From 2011 to 2015, Thabo & The Real Deal released two self-produced, independent EP’s and gigged extensively across the whole of the UK. From high profile support slots (Dwele, Eric Roberson, Omar, Avery Sunshine, Cody Chestnutt) to headline shows, he soon built up a large following with his unique and refreshing style of stripped down acoustic soul.
A two year stint with a record label followed resulting in collaborations with Naughty Boy, Wilkinson, Professor Green and Idris Elba. Among many things THABO describes this as a massive learning experience, from which he graduated with a clearer understanding of how to navigate the music industry.
Amicably parting ways with the label, he re-emerged with a heavier sound and deeper lyrics, a string of singles followed, each one a sharp and complete social statement.
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(These have now been bundled as EP an entitled Ruffled Feathers, with all songs produced by Aron Kyne.)
The latest release - PRELUDES - is a soulful throwback EP that is best thought of as a prequel. Produced by Jam Sponge, these songs shed more light on THABO’s mission to release music that educates, entertains and empowers.

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