Thami Shobede, known to his fans as Fresh Milk, may have not bagged the big one, but right now he is basking in the post Idols glory and has released his first album a year after he got second place in the popular music talent search competition.
Shobede ’s first studio album is aptly titled Never Lost and speaks to the fact that he didn’t lose regardless of being a runner up on the show.
The album includes a popular song - Sthandwa - dedicated to his fans for their support. “I’ve never experienced so much love in my life, I had to reflect this love that is currently brewing in my life,” he says.
“I would like to think I won Idols. People go into the competition to achieve their music dream. You want to sign that big record dream, you want to get booked like every other artist you look up to, you want to be on TV and be recognised and trend.
"Part of that includes the prizes for the top spot. I think I got everything that comes with the competition except the prizes.
Never Lost is predominantly themed with love songs, with the only heartbreak song featuring Brenda Mtambo titled Letting Go.” I couldn’t necessarily write a song to all my supporters out there, so then, I put together the album as a thank you”
The 29-year-old says he wants to create music that will be memorable and would like to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Brenda Fassie, Lucky Dube and Jabu Khanyile.
“My focus is on being this big artist that doesn’t get forgotten in music and in history. I want to be a Brenda, a Ringo Madlingozi, a Lebo Mathosa or Ihashi Elimhlophe”
Shobede grew up in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal, a place that holds many unpleasant memories.
"This is what pushed him to find solace in music. He started singing when he was 16 years old in a gospel music group dubbed MTN. That journey also taught him the art of song writing. Thami used that skill to write the five songs out of the 11 on his album. “Nothing in life is guaranteed and all I’ve got to do is capitalise on what I’ve got.”
Shobede’s latest music video Night and Day has half a million views on Youtube, and his album was at some point the No 1 on iTunes. He is gunning for a gold selling status.
“I don’t want to wait until my next album for it to go gold but I don’t want it to go double platinum as yet. There is growth still left for me so my next one (album) has to be double platinum,” he says with confidence.