Tamara Dey Lyrics
Tamara Dey first burst onto the music scene in 2001. Dubbed the First Lady of Kwaito, an icon of township pop, & ‘The First Lady of Song’, Tamara Dey was discovered by DJ Pepsi who introduced her to Bruce Sebitlo and DJ Oskido of YFM radio, two members of the acclaimed Kwaito and house duo, Brothers of Peace.
The result was a collaboration, which produced the chart-topping Thathi ‘Mphahlayakho and launched her career. Her collaboration’s with BOP saw her travel the width & breadth of South Africa sharing stages with the likes of Trompies and Mafikizolo. The track went on to be nominated for three SA Music Awards.
Her first few years in the Music Industry saw her release the acclaimed ‘The First Lady’ EP which included collaborations with Thembi Seete, Lebo Mathosa & Thandiswa Mazwai.
This project saw Tamara nominated for three SAMA Awards:
– Best Pop Album – for The First Lady
– Best Dance Album – for The First Lady
And most prestigious of all, Best Newcomer.
She was also nominated for:
– ‘Best Female Artist Of The Year award’ at the Metro FM awards, up against Lebo Mathosa and Brenda Fassie,
and – ‘Most Stylish Female Singer in a Music Video’ at the Elle Magazine Style awards.
In September of 2003, Tamara released her 2nd album entitled ‘The First Lady & The Boys,’ The Boys being the producers behind the scenes.
Whilst the spotlight is always placed on the artist, with this release, Tamara shifted focus & recognised the importance of the ‘producer/s (The Boys), without whom the album could not have happened.
Within a week of its release her single ‘Uyazi Mos’ climbed the charts, receiving extensive national airplay and her second single ‘Its Disco’ hit the number 1 spot in early 2004 on national radio.
The project saw Tamara nominated for:
– Best Female vocalist of the year, Metro Fm awards,
– Awesome Women of the year, Cosmopolitan Magazine
– Viewers Choice award, ETV’s Nite Life
and a SAMA nomination for Best Dance Album of 2004
Tamara hit 2005 with a big bang, bringing in the New Year with new music partners, DJ/producers Ryan Dent & Craig Massiv. Under the guise of their new dance outfit cFlash Republic they headlined their first gig as the only Live band at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by international club syndicate PASHA (Ibiza) at The Castle in Cape Town.
Tamara spent most of 2005 either in studio or on the road playing various venues all over the country with Flash Republic.
The group then embarked on an extremely successful tour to Europe spending July and August entertaining crowds at some of the biggest summer music festivals in Holland. Highlights include:
– Extrema Music ‘Ten Year Anniversary’ Festival
– Free Funk Festival
– Solar Festival
Upon returning to SA, Flash Republic released their debut album ‘Time is now’ and their first single ‘Emergency’ went straight to No1 on Christmas day.
It was a strong start for the band and Tamara and Flash went on to enjoy 10 years touring SA and countries abroad including Dubai, London, Ireland, the Seychelles and Mozambique, sharing stages with the likes of Fat Boy Slim, Audio Bullies, Kelis, John Legend and Bassment Jaxx
The end of 2008 see’s Flash Republic release their 2nd album “Danger” and while their first single “Shut it” steamed up local airwaves their 2nd single “Star” went to No1 on national radio and the Prok n’ Fitch Remix of the same single flew to number 12 on the UK dance charts.
This album sees Tamara and Flash nominated for:
– Best Dance album at the SAMA awards
– ‘Twister’ is nominated for an MK music video award in the Neon category
– Tamara’s Collaboration, ‘Knock knock”, with Martin Rocka and the Sick shop is also nominated in the Best Collab category.
And Tamara is nominated for Best female Newcomer for her performance as Magenta in The Rocky Horror at the Neledi Awards
Tamara then co – produced and wrote a 3rd and final project with Flash Republic called “Killer Moves” in 2010.
The album enjoyed an almost unheard of 6 radio singles which are still receiving extensive radio play to this day. Tamara and Flash toured well into 2012 with this project, headlining all the top music Festivals in SA including Oppikoppi, Up the creek, Synergy festival and Vortex Cape Town to name but a few.
The singles included “In the name of Dance”, “Loney”, “Devastation”, “We are the kids”, “Killer Moves” and “Little Bender”
And the album went on to be nominated for 4 SAMA awards including:
– Dance remix of the year
– Best Pop album
– Best Dance album
– And Best Duo or group
After a smasher 10 year run with Flash Republic Tamara and the guys decided it was time for a much needed break. This gave the band an opportunity to explore other projects and Tamara and Drummer/Producer Isaac Klawansky went on to develop an exciting alternative dance act called DBYM (Death by Misadventure), which quickly got signed by Karl Anderson to Music label Just Music.
Their album “Dumb Dumb” released in 2014, received a SAMA nomination for
– Alternative album of the year
After touring extensively for years with Flash Republic Tamara’s voice had begun to suffer, and in early 2014 Tamara underwent sinus and vocal surgeries on both her vocal chords to remove severe polyps.
Tamara was operated on by top ENT specialist, Dr Lance Maron, and although she enjoyed the full recovery of her voice she was unable to sing or speak for several months whilst in recovery. Tamara didn’t work at all for most of the year. The traumatic experience was a massive wake up call for the singer and upon her recovery, Tamara knew it was time to go solo again.
Tamara spent 2015 and 2016, writing and recording songs for a string of young artists and working on a number of new demo’s for her long awaited upcoming solo album, set to be released in 2017 and titled Dey L’Afrique.
At the end of 2015 she also received an exciting call from Oskido wanting to work with her again and she went on to sign with Oskido’s new music label Africa Lit at the end of 2016.
Jumping into studio with producers like DJ Maphorisa, 37 Mph, Kamera, Sketchy Bongo, Emblazon, Ganja beats, Gemini Major, and Cape Town based producer Armeen Harron, Tamara plans to continue to collaborate with some of the top producers and artists in North, West, East and South Africa and aspires to tour the Africa continent in 2017 and 18, hoping to put herself and her new music on the map throughout Africa and abroad.
Khuli Chana features on a track called “Kings”; her soon to be released new single called “Stuck in Our way” features internationally acclaimed Nigerian artist D’Banj and her collaboration with acclaimed female house DJ, DJ Zinhle on Zinhle’s single ‘Colours” is enjoying rave reviews and extensive air play.
Tamara Dey has been known for crossing all cultural, age & language barriers and has unassumingly been recognized as one of the few SA artists contributing towards bridging the gap between all cultures, ages & races.
Her music has been described as the ‘unofficial language’; celebrating the heart & soul of South Africa and it seems she’s just getting warmed up. 2017 is set to be one of her most exciting years yet.