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Tellaman enjoyed working with Shekhinah and Nasty C on his debut album

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Tellaman heads to Durban for CD signing

The musician hosted a listening session at Universal Music in Rosebank on Thursday, 31 January 2019 ahead of the release of his debut album titled God Decides.

The singer and songwriter said on Thursday, 31 January 2019, that it felt surreal to be able to work with Shekhinah and Nasty C on his album.

“It was crazy, both artists are my favourite artists,” he told JustNje at his album listening party at Universal Music in Rosebank. “I’ve always wanted to see my favourite artists work together in songs…so I just took that opportunity to do that one song with them.” Shekhinah and Nasty C are both featured on the single Whipped.

Shekhinah Donnell was at the listening session and even joined Tellaman on stage for a live performance of Whipped. Tellaman’s fellow Durbanite told JustNje she enjoyed the process of working with him, “It was really amazing working with Tellaman especially because he’s as shy as me,” she said, “we were really comfortable with each other.”

The event was streamed live on Instagram and Nasty C, who was unable to attend, commented on the feed. “Please tell him that I love him and I’m proud of him,” he wrote.

There were quite a few Tellaman fans in the audience and one of them explained why she finds his art so appealing, “He’s relatable and he’s real you can feel the emotion in everything he says and you can feel it’s real,” said Karen Mthethwa, a radio student from Boston Media House.

The singer, whose real name is Thelumusa Owen, is not a conventional artist. “This album I recorded in my room; some of it on the road,” he said. He is creative with his approach even turning over a dustbin at home and using it as a percussion instrument to create the drumbeats on the song Practice.

Ayanda MVP, the MC at the event, said she was impressed with his artistic progression. “I like the fact that he’s still in this industry to begin with,” she said, “It’s all about consistency and I believe that Tellaman managed to do that very well for himself.”

Tellaman told the media that he would not be submitting the album to the SAMAs. “I just want people to have the music I just don’t feel like submitting for the awards, that’s not what I made it for,” he said.

God Decides is available for purchase on iTunes.

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