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Thomene’s Bio

Thomene started singing when she was about eight, following lyrics of popular songs published in Top 40 magazine. Family and friends soon realised that she is naturally talented and she was often asked to sing accapello at family and social gatherings.

Her first public performance was through accomplished South African musician Steve Newman, who invited Thomene to sing at the Blackwood Farm Festival during the Tananas set. At age thirteen she had the packed audience on their feet after her powerful accapello rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Bobby MaGee and Mercedes Benz”.

With encouragement from her father and well-known musician friends, two years later she enrolled at Eve Boswell’s School of Music for vocal training. Three years of operatic training at Studio 7 under voice trainer Charon Williams-Ros gave Thomene the edge to control and further enhance her powerful and perfect voice. During this time she was also singing with international surfers Frankie Oberholzer and Michael Roscoe in The Saltwater Band.

Living at Warner Beach in Durban she was exposed to mostly rock bands and also performed with “This Is This” (later to be known as Squeal).  She was noticed at a gig by Derek Hynd, former international pro surfer and director of Rip Curl’s “The Search” and asked to record the title track for “The Search Two”, in collaboration with Australian musician Pico.

After 3 years of travelling in Europe and the Middle East, Thomene returned to South Africa, settling in Johannesburg, where Steve Fataar introduced her to award winning musician, songwriter, producer and sound engineer, Neill Solomonn.  He immediately snapped her up for a series of jingles recorded over 18 months.

A friend’s wedding in Cape Town was the start of a new direction for Thomene’s singing as she embraced the jazz blues, influenced by the prominence of jazz in the mother city and artists like Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. She subsequently moved to Cape Town to enjoy two of her passions – the beach lifestyle and singing.

In 2000 she met David Beukes and they recorded the club-hit song “Make the Change” under the pseudonym “DJ Spanky and Delicious”. Represented by promoter Kim Saville, “Make the Change” was entered into The Future Sound of Cape Town rising to number 3 on national radio Five FM play list.

Thomene has since been doing jingles and mostly studio work while working in the movie industry. She formed her own band Barbershop for a while, proving her vocal range covering genres like jazz, blues, rock, swing and even some accapello. She has recorded jingles with Dan Dewes at Groove Lab, where she also contributed to the Afro Fusion recording Wozani E Afrika (Team Spirit All Stars).

Thomene can often be seen out performing guest slots with local bands! If Thomene arrives at a live music venue, she will be asked to sing.

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