Professional Bass Guitarist Elvis Thokozani Nkosi (26), popularly known as Elvis Teakay from Kwandebele Boekenhouthoek, Mpumalanga started playing different instruments when he moved from eNkangala to Middelburg in 2006 but just like any other musician, he started playing at a very young age but it was not until 2015 that he started playing professionally.
“From my childhood I used to hum base lines instead of singing the lyrics, and then later on I realised that there is an instrument called a bass guitar but it took time for me to decide to play it because I was only in love with the sound that came from it,” Elvis said.
Although the Bass guitar is where Thokozani’s passion lies, he started by playing drums and then he later fell in love with the strings where he learned to play both acoustic and lead guitars. Thokozani is not only a guitarist, he is also a vocalist and a music composer.
“I got my first bass guitar as a gift from a friend, this then motivated me to upgrade my level as I was his inspiration,” Thokozani explained.
Thokozani taught himself how to play the bass guitar but it was not until he went to the Free Jazz Music Academy College where he got the opportunity to study music specialising on the lead and acoustic guitars. He has also taught music at the Free Jazz Music Academy from 2013 to 2014 and at Purely Simply Music from 2015 to 2016 which enabled him to write music theory at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Thokozani has worked with a lot of well-known musicians such as Israel Mosethla, jazz singer Ngwako Manamela and the singers from the Tshwane Gospel Choir such as Tshidi Chauke, Nomvula Nhlapho, Godfrey and Kagiso.
He is currently working with African Jazz musicians Linda Kekana, Marley Bloo and Didintle Khunou who is an actress in the SABC 2 Drama, Mamello.
Thokozani describes his sound as ‘African Soul’ with elements of Jazz but not limited to other kinds of genres he listens to. He is currently working on his first single which will be released soon, titled ‘Bangam thathi’. He plans on recording his album next year while organising events that will launch him in the industry.
“I am planning to host big events/ festivals for artist to perform under my company called ‘Too Artistic Pro-tainment’,” Thokozani said.
For his album, he would like to feature a lot of prominent musicians in the industry including Jonathan Butler and Linda Kekana.
You can reach him on his Facebook page at: Elvis Teakay, twitter: @elvisteakay and on Instagram at: Elvis Teakay