Known for his unique brand of comedy called observation humour; this SA Got Talent Presenter from Eastern Cape has decided to release a single title, My Whole Life. “It is a simple story of 2 people who fall in love.” The song has a jazzy feel to it, it features a lady with a soulful voice named Nthabiseng Lethoko.
They harmoniseÂ the song, basically taking you on aÂ journeyÂ of their feelings. If you like soulful music with a hint of jazz, then I wouldÂ recommendÂ this song for you.Â His musical gift is what sets him apart from the rest, as it complements his comic performance along with a sharp brain.
Appearing on Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola Season 3; Episode 11, Tats sang a song about Julius Malema titled: Goodbye My Leader. This just proved that he plans toÂ rupture out and launch himself as a force to be reckoned with.
However, being a comedianÂ wasn’tÂ his first choice; he studied advertising for 3 years and comedy was something he passed by chance when he entered the TV show So You Think Youâ€™re Funny. And as fate would have had it, he reached the top 8.Â Parable MagazineÂ got a chance to talk to Tats to understand his vision for the song.
What inspired you to write the song?
Four years into comedy, I realized that although I use a guitar and I sing in my stand-up routines, the song-writing is very minimal. I didnâ€™t want to lose my edge so I wanted to flex my song writing ability again.
Is it based on a personal experience?
I think everybody has had the experience I describe in the song, or at least parts of the song. But itâ€™s a story. I let my imagination go.
What does this mean for Tats, will you be working on an album?
Iâ€™m flirting with the idea, but Iâ€™m married to comedy at the moment. Music is the girl in the red dress at the clubâ€¦ And I just took her number. Weâ€™ll see.
The song has a jazzy feel to it, is it a reflection of the type of genre you enjoy listening to?
Not at all, I have a good ear for whatâ€™s good. I didnâ€™t try and place a genre on the song, just wanted it to sound good.
You feature a lady by the name of Nthabiseng, how did you get her on board?
I bribed her with the idea of fame and bright lights. We used to attend AAA School of Advertising together for 3 years. We sang together between lectures.
I’m a huge fan of your work, what can we expect from you as a comedian?
Next year, Iâ€™m going to have more fun on stage. You can expect to laugh louderâ€¦ And cringe more. I may even do a show about Christianity in the 21st centuryâ€¦ Shake things up a bit.
How is your relationship with God?
Following Jesus is the best worst decision Iâ€™ve ever made. He ruined my life, changed my plans, and changed me. Now I canâ€™t live without Him.
What advice can you give individuals who would love to pursue comedy as a career?
Itâ€™s not easy. If youâ€™re funny with your friends, doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™ll be funny on stage, with a bunch of strangers. My adviceâ€¦ Put the DVDâ€™s away, go to an actual comedy club and get an idea of what it takes to be a comic. After doing thatâ€¦ Do it again. Thenâ€¦ Do it again. And againâ€¦
One last thing, where do you get your inspiration from; the material for your comedy, do you have a muse locked up in your closet?
Iâ€™m a thinker. All my comedy comes from serious thoughts. Itâ€™s all truth hidden in hilarity. My muse is life.
Writer:Â Lerato Princess-Teresa Mashego