2004 marks the debut
full-length album release from Temba's favorite sons Khalil. Tshepo,
B-king, Kay & J of k are the soulful quartet that are bound to set
South Africa alight, with their harmonious rhythms, intelligently naughty
lyric's and some of the tightest production work to come out of any
South African studio! Khalil have collaborated with studio producer
Ziggy to put out what is bound to be a massively successful 17 track
album, featured guest artist's include, Aluta from the Pitch Black Afro
album, Ill Scientist and Capsolys who had massive success with his debut
single "How are things". Aside from working with some of South
Africa's hottest talent they also teamed up with British hit songwriter
Adrian Zagoritis, who is part of the exciting Pigfactory production
team which has produced for Britney Spears, Anastasia, Celine Dion,
and Usher among many others.
In May 2004 Khalil's
first single recorded at the their new record label, The David Gresham
Record Company, was released as the lead single for the massively successful
Big Black Presents Love Stories Book1 album. Khalil previously released
the "Khalil" EP which featured the smash hit "Mama Said"
and took the local R&B scene by storm.
Khalil" is the title of the new album and shows the groups growth
and maturity as songwriters and performers. 17 new songs and two main
goals, to entertain and to provoke all types of emotions.
The Story so far….
Born and raised
in Temba, Pretoria, all four members are from music loving families
and grew up in the church. Jackie, Tshepo and Bobson were raised by
single moms and by their grandmothers. Kay is the only one from a nuclear
- The actual group
"KHALIL" was formed in 1995.
- Tshepo aka Lyric
came up with the name, which is Arabic meaning "a
- Bobson, who is
the founder member, together with Tshepo, formed the
- A unique aspect
about the group is that each member has their own vibe,
vocal style, etc, which when put together has resulted in their own
- Since forming -
they have always performed together since, honing their harmonizing
and song writing skills in the process.
- The guys are very
passionate about their music and always rehearse
when they get together.
- "What makes
our live performances interesting to watch is that our
different personalities are reflected on stage. It's like every person
audience finds a character with whom they identify," says Jackie.
- The guys are very
religious and always say a prayer before a live
performance or a studio session, "We always invite THE LORD to
of whatever we do. We are not 'model' young men, but we always do our
best to do the right thing", says Jackie whose other older brother
- Way back when they
were kids, they used to get such "stage-fright", they could
not sing properly. Bobson could not even face the
audience …he looked the other way! The group was fortunate to have had
supportive friends who always encouraged them to do better. One of
those special people was their #1 fan, friend, sister, and confidante:
Segoa, who passed away before the group's dreams were realized.
Through those innumerable live performances in their native TEMBA,
PRETORIA, the group managed to improve their confidence on stage.
KHALIL'S first big break!
Their professional careers started when they were discovered by Carl
Eaton, who is now the owner of Intyme Inc (Management company for Mandoza,
Enny Smith etc.) It was their first attempt at trying to get a record
deal. That was in 1995 - six months after the group KHALIL was formed.
And things started moving forward from then on!
Khalil has won a
number of talent competitions in and around the Pretoria area.
- Khalil released
their debut EP which spawned hit singles such as "Feel the Vibe"
Ft Loyiso, which was on Metro FM's Local top 20 for more than 12 weeks.
- The beautiful harmonious
ballad "Mama Said" jumped in as the Chart Breaker Of the Week
- a week before the albums release - and then stayed on for six consecutive
weeks on YFM.
- Mama Said"
also slotted in at position # 25 on YFM's top 100 singles for the year.
- Khalil performed
at the Children Day Charity concert before the State President's speech.
- Khalil were nominated
for two Metro FM awards for Best Duo/Group & Best R&B.
- Cosmopolitan Magazine
Featured two KHALIL Members in a sexiest musicians article.
- Khalil got centre
poster and an article in Drum magazine and featured on Y-Magazine's
R&B article - the list goes on and on.
- Khalil also endorsed
Robot Clothing and then later Soviet Jeans.
- Performed at Metro
FM Valentines Dinner with their label mate Loyiso.
- Khalil have shared
the stage with International Jazz and R&B Superstars such as Kenny
Lattimore, Chante' Moore, Erykah Badu, George Duke.
For additional information contact:
Publicity and Promotions Manager
The David Gresham Record Company
Tel: (011) 444 2630 ext 234
Fax: (011) 444 1932