Boom! I'm back baby!

Deciding to drop the vowels u and i from her name and shape up her brand, Teqla, formerly known as Tequila, is back with an album slated for release in September.

19 July 2019 | Art and Entertainment

In this day of rushed albums and average singing, it is refreshing to know a singer known for staying true to the essence of making music, which is singing, right? One such a singer with amazing skills that embody what singing is about, is the talented Gazza Music Production (GMP) signee Teqla. tjil caught up with her to discuss her forthcoming album, her rebranding and all things music.

Asked how she has been, since it has been a while since we heard from her, Teqla said she is doing well, adding that she has grown so much personally and musically. “After some time away I feel this is the right time to step back in the music industry with all the inspiration I have gathered,” said the singer.

She mentioned that her upcoming album is going to be different from her previous work in terms of content, genre, and the energy it will exude. She has worked with new talented producers as well as artists she worked with before. “In a way this album represents the journey I have been on for the past three years,” said Teqla.

Even though the month for the release of the album has been set, Teqla and her team have not yet agreed on the title of the album. She however emphasised that they have a couple of options. “We just cannot settle on one yet, but it will come,” she chuckled.

Speaking on how long it took her to write, conceptualise and record the body of work, the singer shared that she pretty much knew the sonic direction she wanted to take. She added that creatively, she had to spend more time on instrumentals and delivery.





“Gazza, who is the executive producer of this album, had his own ideas which were crazy but beautiful. We had to incorporate these ideas so we spent a lot of time recording last year and wrapped it up this year.

“We released the first single, Still in love, from the new album last year. The single received a nomination at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) and reached gold status in its first week after release by being downloaded more than 10 000 times,” added Teqla.

She announced that she will release another single which will be complemented with a music video before the album is released later this year.

On the album, Teqla worked with Arrafat, Glo, Sam-E Lee Jones. “Jeiyo produced the music I worked on with KK and Patrick from PDK; the rest is a surprise.”

Commenting on why she has rebranded, Teqla told tjil that she felt she had changed from who she was; emotionally, musically and socially. “I just feel like I am a different woman now. I have evolved and I want to introduce the new me to my fans so that they can know what I am about now,” she said.

This is her second year being signed to GMP and has plans of exporting her music beyond borders with the help of the stable. This will be her first album under GMP and describes it as her favourite body of work. “We definitely have big plans for this album. It is not only going to be marketed here - it is a continental music project.

“I am really excited for this new upcoming single and video. Boom! I'm back baby,” promised Teqla.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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