thaba drop their single severin, from upcoming debut lp, eyes rest their feet.

September 29, 2020
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A couple of weeks ago, I received an email announcing the debut LP from “Thaba”, a duo made up of South African singer/songwriter Khusi Seremane and American producer/musician Gabriel Cyr. The duo’s connection resulted in the creation of “Eyes Rest Their Feet”, a project that was created remotely over several years, with the core recorded during a 2016 studio session in Cape Town. I must admit, before this email, I had never heard of both the gentlemen, however the music enthusiast in me could not help but get excited to be introduced to a new sound. The email described the collaboration as “double pop heritage of Mbaqanga and Bubblegum”, genres of music that were prominent between the 80’s & 90’s in South Africa. On Eyes Rest Their Feet, Thaba effortlessly weave in jazz, electro with progressive chords, resulting in this melting pot of layered sounds carefully presented in ten amazing songs.

Listening to Eyes Rest Their Feet, it’s easy to notice the intention as well as how every detail is placed meticulously to create a timeless piece of art.

Tragically in July 2020, while the two were working with Soundway to prepare their debut record, Seremane passed on after battling health issues for several years, just a few days past his 41st birthday. In Cape Town, Seremane was a pharmacist by day and crafted introspective afro-soul by night as Lebadi and a member of the musical collective Tapedeck Circuitry. Cyr, based in New York, primarily performs under the guise Teleseen focusing on left-field electronic music with global influences, and works as a producer and engineer for other artists. Eyes Rest Their Feet not only represents the culmination of Seremane’s work as an artist but also a meditation on the transformative power of love and the impermanence of all things.

On September 25, Thaba dropped Severin their first single from Eyes Rest Their Feet, scheduled to release on November 6, through Soundway Records.

Rest Easy Khusi Seremane.