Thabo first broke through as an artist singing with a local Yorkshire hip-hop band in the late 2000s before embarking on his own solo career in 2011 with his three piece band, The Real Deal. The same three musicians from day one are still with him today: Keyboard wizard/pianist Aron Kyne, guitarist Emmanuel Allert and percussionist/drummer Ali Mac.
From 2011 to 2015, Thabo & The Real Deal released a couple of self-produced independent EPs and gigged across the whole of the UK. From high profile support slots to headline shows, they soon built up a large following with their unique and refreshing style of stripped down acoustic soul.
Soon, major labels came knocking on the door and the guys decided to take a break from live gigs to concentrate on further developing their sound and write a lot more new material. One thing that always made Thabo stand out from day one was his desire to perform as much original self-penned material as possible.
What started as a short break from live shows ended up being well over a year but now, for 2017, Thabo is back and has a lot to say. Still only a four piece but with bigger, heavier beats and even deeper lyrics than before. Whether you are an original fan or new to the music of Thabo, you’ll soon appreciate why they call it bare knuckle soul!