Yes indeed and Salutas to all the Y?General’s out and about across the globe.
Youngbloodz is back for its hugely anticipated second season. For those of you who aren’t wys, this platform seeks to discover and promote unrecognised talent within the city of Kaapstad.
A 19 year old, free-spirited, down-to-earth singer/song writer from Cape Town. She is open minded when it comes to exploring different types of music, cultures and ways of creativity – she is also very keen at the prospect of creating connections that one needs to make it in this industry.
“I am determined to do whatever I put my mind to and I never give up, even if things don’t go my way.”
She believes that the music circle in Cape Town is very small and many artists don’t get a lot of exposure and opportunities because of this. Being an authentic Capetonian artist, Gemma has a mantra that she lives by, everyday.
“I am for the youth of the 21st century, I represent many girls/teenagers who experience hardships, whether it be musically or just surviving, in this generation.”
Coming from an extremely musical family, Gemma’s musical influences are her brother, who is a established trumpeter and composer that has traveled the world showcasing his music and art, ultimately, breaking the stereotype of being a Capetonian artist.
Her other influence is Brenda Fassie, who just so happens to be Gemma’s aunt. She figures that this is where her identity and overall understanding for music stemmed from. Gemma’s international influences are Jhene Aiko, Tori Kelly, Brandy, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. She started listening to them from Grade 6 and began mimicking their writing and singing style(s).
Another major contribution to Gemma’s identity came from the global sensation, H.E.R.
“She made a drastic change in my approach to music and artistry. She started back in 2009 entering singing competitions & started writing her own music.
One thing she said that spoke to me was, “I am a voice for women who feel like they’re alone in these situations. This project came from emotion, and that’s what I want it to be about – not what I look like or who I’m with, but the raw emotion and support for women.”
“Amongst many things & all the aspects of being an artist she believes in being about the music and not about the fame/popularity!”
Being an unrecognised talent in Kaapstad, Gemma deals with many struggles. She’s performed at many places all around Cape Town and the one thing she’s realized is that people aren’t as supportive as you’d want them to be, “which makes it difficult to push yourself here.” Says Gemma.
She believes that as an artist, music is a blessing, but if there’s no support from your OWN people it either makes you of breaks you.
If given the opportunity to perform at a local music festival, Gemma would like to open for Shekinah.
“I’ve been watching and listening to her for years and I just love her live performances and overall vibe.”
She was also asked, if given the opportunity, which local/international event would she like to perform at.
“Wow! I’ve always imagined performing at the Grammys or even the BET Awards – representing South Africa/Cape Town.”
The last event Gemma performed at was RAW (Real Art Wednesdays).
“It is an amazing platform for up and coming artist – in Cape Town, to perform and network with many other musicians/artist, etc. RAW has definitely helped me promote my craft and I would say it has to be one of the highlights of my career, thus far. I also performed at the Festival at The Baxter Theatre in December 2018, where 250 acts were chosen out of over 600.”
Gemma is hungry for action and believes her music can positively impact the youth of this country.
“I feel like my music will relate to many other people my age and that alone, speaks volumes! It’ll bring people together and make them feel some typa way, I just know it.”
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