Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actress Taylor Jaye has cemented herself firmly as an artist in Namibia but now she is looking to conquer the whole of Africa.
The South African based artist Taylor Jaye, born Jaleesa Gaoses has managed to break many barriers as a female artist conquering height that she never thought she could do.
Winning numerous awards, having her music on rotation across African TV and radio station, performing on world stages and being a boss in her own right, these are just some of her accomplishments and Taylor Jaye still wants to achieve more.
In 2019, Taylor collaborated with two of Africa's biggest stars Busiswa from South Africa and Patoranking from Nigeria on two individual tracks.
Taylor Jaye explains to Nalebrity that she had initially met the ‘No Kissing Baby’ hitmaker at a Trace Africa launch party and only got to work with him later when she was working with the same producer he was.
The single is titled ‘Cashe’ and draws inspiration from different musical influences of the African continent such as Angolan Kuduru House, South African Gqom and West African Zanku, resulting in an upbeat, cross-continental dance floor banger.
"I did a track with the same producer Mr Kamera who was working on his album and I sent it to him, asked if he would jump on the track and he did," says Taylor Jaye.
Taylor Jaye's fans can expect more collaborations from her this year, as the star has collaborations from Ghana, Namibia and South Africa lined up.
Not only can Taylor Jaye’s fans look forward to more collaborations they can expect a tour, more local and international gigs.
“Vision 2020 is about spreading the Namibian sound further across the continent. I want people to know that Namibians are also heavy in the music game and they shouldn’t count us out,” Taylor Jaye explains.
When it comes to the Namibian music scene, the Damara born star acknowledges the growth the country has achieved but also notes that more needs to be done.
“I think we are growing, and it makes me happy. We still need a lot of work, but we are pushing,” says Taylor Jaye.
Taylor Jaye acknowledges the work of fellow Namibian artist King Tee Dee has done in the industry to support other artists and this is something she admires.
“I’ve always admired King Tee Dee he is one of the pioneers and he’s the only Namibian artist that has an annual show to support fellow Namibian artists.”
King Tee Dee is not the only local artist that Taylor Jaye admires, Susy Eises is someone Taylor Jaye digs as she continues to push the Namibian flag high internationally.
Taylor Jaye has her eyes set on conquering a few international goals such as performing at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which fellow African artist Black Coffee from South Africa has performed at.
“It’s my dream to perform at Coachella as the first Namibian artist. I was the first Namibian to do the prestigious Afrochella and One Africa Global fest, so l know that I’m one step closer to do Coachella,” says Taylor Jaye.
When it comes to her live performances Taylor Jaye always makes sure to put on a full show for her fans, leaving crowds wanting more.
“When I perform, I put on a full show. I’m like the Beyoncé of Africa. I dance full-on choreography with my dancer squad. And we rock the stage along with my hype man and rapper himself Chin Chilla.”
The NAMA’s Female Artist of the Year Nominee is no stranger to the South African created Gqom genre having her Gqom infused tracks and she says she loves it.
"Gqom is cool l love it, and I dig the fact that it’s moving across the globe now internationally. Right now, in SA it’s time for Amapiano though and the genre entered and took over and it’s great because it’s the evolution of house music and SA has always been good at doing that.”
As an artist one needs to always be able to adapt and be willing to learn from those who have been in the industry a bit longer. Taylor Jade shares this piece of advice for upcoming artists “learn to take constructive criticism”.
“Rejection does not mean stop pushing. Do not wait for anyone to hand you a music career you have to be willing to do the work. And learn to network.” Taylor adds.
Taylor Jaye in 2019, featured in a prison series called ‘On Locked’ directed by Mike Ezuruonye, portraying character Damage, this is one of the milestones she is proud of.
The star she shares she is “proud of a lot of things”.
“I have broken so many barriers as a female Namibian artist. I’ve done things I never thought I could do. To name a few I’ve won awards, I am the only Namibian artist to be playing across the continent on TV and radio. Iv performed at world stages etc. I own my production company and label. I run a charity organization against GBV called FLF etc”.
Taylor Jaye’s fans can expect more music as her star continues to shine bright across Africa.
Main Picture Credit: Zimbuzz.com
Main Picture Credit: Zimbuzz.com