- Zameka got her first break by singing on one of Prince Kaybee’s tracks from his debut album
- She says that her sound is heavily influenced by the different types of music her parents played in their shebeen
- Her family were sceptical about her career path and encouraged to put her education first before pursuing her dream
Zameka has only been on the scene for a short amount of time and has already collaborated with some of the biggest names in music such as DJ Tira and Prince Kaybee, but her career all began in her parent’s shebeen.
Zameka first started to create music at the age of 12 and she credits the music she heard in the shebeen as one of her biggest influences.
The singer’s father found himself without a job when she about seven and he needed to figure out a way to bring in money to look after his family, so he opened the shebeen.
He didn’t have the money to invest in a bigger business, but it brought in enough money to keep them going.
Zameka found the new environment to be very overwhelming and it completely changed her world, suddenly she was exposed to all different types of music that her father used to play in the bar.
While it would have been easier for Zameka to begin drinking at a young age, she decided that she wanted to explore her love of music and took advantage of her situation by experimenting with the different sounds she heard.
Briefly.co.za learned that it was difficult for the ‘Kiki Riki’ hitmaker because there was so much that she wanted to learn, but her time and efforts have certainly paid off.
TimesLIVE reports that Zameka’s parents did not think that she would be able to make a living from singing and encouraged her to rather focus on getting an education.
She did take some of her parents’ advice by studying marketing through UNISA so that she could also follow her dreams of becoming a musician.
Once she got her degree, she threw herself into the music industry and has not looked back since.
Her first big break came when Prince Kaybee asked her to feature on his track ‘Story Teller’.
At the time Prince Kaybee was working on his debut album and had no idea that their single would get as much attention as it did.
Zameka is thankful that he gave her a chance and spent a little bit of time mentoring her when they were working together.
He told her that she needed to keep trying and to never take no for an answer. If she wanted it badly enough she should seize any opportunity that she can to get her foot in the door. Zameka has taken his wisdom to heart and admits that it has inspired her to work harder to make her dreams come true.
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