Zimbabwe-born The Voice Australia contestant Thando Gets Crowd Funding

Singer Thando Sikwila, who is crowd-funding her debut EP and tour. Photo: Lucia Hou Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/private-capital-the-spy-who-turned-actor-in-the-code-20140926-10mkqj.html#ixzz3EhXIHjfx

Singer Thando Sikwila, who is crowd-funding her debut EP and tour. Photo: Lucia Hou

After making a name for herself with her powerful voice in the most recent series of The Voice, Thando Sikwila is busily working on her debut EP.

The former-Canberran will next month head into the studio to create an album she says represents exactly who she is.

“Going on The Voice really put things into perspective for me. I really found the thing I wanted to do and the things I’m good at and I want to make sure that’s what I’m giving to people,” she said.

“I didn’t get the chance to show who I was as an artist on the show – singing other people’s songs in the show is all very well but you need to be able to show other people what you can create.”

On the reality TV show, she wowed Kylie Minogue who chose Thando on her team, before being saved by Ricky Martin and joining his team and leaving the competition in the sing-off round, narrowly missing the live final.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Thando moved to Canberra with her parents and three sisters in 2001, before moving to Melbourne to study music a decade later.

To help get the EP happening, Thando has set up a crowd funding campaign, with a target of A$7500.
“I thought it’d be a really good idea to get a crowd funding campaign for the people who want to see the success of my album to have a part in it. Especially because I’m completely independent,” she said.

For the six-track EP, which is due out in December, Thando also collaborated with Canberra producer Henry Robinson.

Early next year Thando will hit the road for an east-coast Australian tour, including a show at Transit Bar on January 31.

“I’m really excited about doing my Canberra show. It’s really important to me because essentially I’ll be coming to Canberra with my whole band, all seven of us,” she said.

“It’ll be like a full on production and I want people to get an idea that when I left Canberra all those years ago and this is what I’ve been working towards.”

Source:Jil Hogan|Sydney Morning Herald

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