'The Talls' walk tall in music industry

BULAWAYO - Walk into the second largest city, Bulawayo and get informed of a music outfit called The Talls, certainly it won’t ring a bell as the ensemble is virtually unknown in the showbiz arena.

With their short presence in the industry, the troupe which specialises in Afro-fusion music is certainly destined for great things if they are to uphold their current pace as their act seems to be what the doctor prescribed.

Talk of the entertainment-starved fans in Bulawayo who for long have been yearning for musical depth coupled with diversity and apparently, The Talls who to date have staged a few live concerts in the city have come just in time.

For those who have watched the ever-rising Harare-based Mokoomba, the Bulawayo-based new kids on the block might be headed just for the same direction though they are still to carve a niche.

Speaking to the Daily News band leader Fredrick Smail said their aspiration was to diversify and bring something somehow different from the common sounds in the streets.

“We can’t say we are the best, but what we can simply say is here we come and we are here to stay. We have brought a different style, bit and the vocal mix that will certainly shift dimensions in the music sector,” said Smail.

“With particular attention to Bulawayo where we seem to have one common bit dominating, so as you have witnessed from our previous performances, people really want something different and that is what we are here for,” he added.

Watching them exhibit their stuff on stage, one will be forgiven for pre-judging that the youngsters have been in it for long, yet they are just knocking the door.

While they have already started making positive strides in the showbiz fraternity in and around the second largest city, the fact is they are still to record a single album.

But Smail explains: “We have been given the support ranging from finance, instruments and practicing venue by the man called Talls after which we decided to name our band after him as an honour.

“As we kept on rehearsing while building and putting together our composed songs, many people who were coming to watch us, encouraged us to take a step further saying our music was wonderful,” said Smail.

“Our first live performance was at a wedding and we were surprised as people just went crazy such was the inspiration or rather a turning point and we have since then vowed not to look back.

“Although as individuals we have worked with different bands, ours is a new band and we are still working on developing ourselves into a fully fledged music outfit that will be known throughout,” Smail expressed optimism.

About their new album, Smail said, “In fact we are already working on that and we already have songs enough for two albums.

I am certain that by early next year people will have a feel of our first musical project.”

He said African Beauty is the title track of their forthcoming album.

“Our music cuts across age groups because it is more of a fusion of rock, pop and reggae bits.”

However, it is their confidence, presentation and mostly how their stage works regarding instruments and voices are perfectly fused to come up with an amazing and tantalising Afro-fused sound.

The group said they are heavily inspired by the late veteran pop music star Michael Jackson.

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