Singer/songwriter/producer THABO (Thabo Mkwananzi) has been away from gigging live for a while to work on new material. He returns to the stage at Brudenell Social Club for his first major Leeds show since May 2015 with a bagful of new songs (over 40 in total), a release schedule of one song a month for a year from October 2016 leading up to the debut album release next autumn, a brand new set which mixes up new material alongside completely reconstructed old Thabo favourites, and a new heavier, darker sound that pulls no punches either musically or lyrically. That's why he calls it “bare knuckle soul”.
Thabo first broke through as an artist singing with a local Yorkshire hip-hop band 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 from day one are still with him today. Keyboard wizard/pianist Aron Kyne, guitarist Emmanuel Allert and percussionist/drummer Ali Mac. From 2011 to 2015, Thabo & The Real Deal released a couple of self-produced independent EPs and gigged a lot across the whole of the UK. From high profile support slots to headline shows, they soon built up a large following across the country with their unique and refreshing style of stripped down acoustic soul. Soon, major labels came knocking on the door and the guys decided to take a break from live gigs to concentrate on further developing their sound and more importantly, write a lot more new material. One thing that always made Thabo stand out from day one was his desire to perform as much original self-penned material as possible.
What started as a short break from live shows ended up being well over a year but now for 2017, THABO is back and has a lot to say. Still only a four piece but the beats and sound are bigger/heavier, the lyrics even deeper than before, and there are so many new amazing songs to be played out live for the first time. Whether you are an original fan or new to the music of THABO, this night of "bare knuckle soul" will knock you out.