INTERVIEW: THABO & THE REAL DEAL // MARCH 2013

L-R Clockwise: Thabo Mkwananzi, Emmanuel Allert, Ali Mac, Aron Kyne.

To call Thabo & The Real Deal ‘acoustic soul’ is to do them a diservice. They’re much more layered than such pigeonholing may suggest, delivering headline quality performances in support time slots for Leon Ware, Omar, Anthony Hamilton and in this instance, Cody ChesnuTT (catch our interview with him on the same night here).

Hailing from Leeds and Huddersfield (much to the surprise of the audience tonight), the band consists of Fender Rhodes (Aron Kyne), percussion (Ali Mac), acoustic guitar (Emmanuel Allert) and vocals (Thabo Mkwananzi) – good songs alone would probably garner this lot a solid following, but Thabo’s onstage dynamism at this gig had the audience 2-stepping from side to side, singing along after five minutes and smiling for a full half hour.

Below we chat about their EPs, support slots and ambition. Here’s the mix from Andrea Trout I promised here we’d plug, featuring TATRD’s Revolution as the first track.

New EP World War Free is out now.
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