So we were intrigued when we came across the impressive first single off the forthcoming album of a very young and unmistakably white Holly” – Thisisafrica.me
At age 20, Holly has recorded two studio albums, performed on multiple platforms and appeared on many Radio and TV shows. She has collaborated on multiple tracks across many genres and has succeeded in pacing her career while crafting her sound and developing her brand to become a versatile powerhouse. Sound wise, you can expect a combination of kasi flavors, soulful lyrics, jazzy elements, tribal undertones and a hint of Afro-Electro. Holly is no stranger to collaborations and she strives to create music without boundaries. Over the years and since the age of 13, she has collaborated with musicians from Mozambique, Senegal, Congo, and Nigeria.
In 2011 - while touring as part of the Ukhozi FM Roadshow - Holly was introduced to renowned producer and performer, Mondli Ngcobo (Black Coffee, Oskido, Big Nuz, Khoze Khuse) who suggested they collaborate on some music. In 2012 she began working on a new sound and released her first Afro House single “Inhliziyo Yami” produced and co-written by Mondli Ngcobo. Holly then went on to release a three track EP that piqued the interest of many local labels, and she was offered a licensing deal with Sony as well as a 5-album deal with Soul Candi Records. Holly only released her second single Bang Bang under the Soul Candi label and later signed a licensing deal with Content.
Connect Africa where her full album Vanilla House was released digitally. Holly has worked the digital space for two years and achieved almost 400 000 paid downloads on tracks from her albums across the various platforms. She is recognised by MTN as the biggest download Artist in the Newcomers category. In the male dominated arena of SA music, Holly has already proved she packs a punch, one that has as much musical power as any of her male counterparts. The name, Holly, is known in every township in KZN and her popularity is spreading across South Africa. From Umlazi to Kwamashu, Inanda to Folweni and Sweetwater to Richmond, she is known for crowd rocking stage performances and is hailed, as the most loved White Girl in the Kasi. She is affectionately known as “Umlungu weHouse”. Although challenging the stereotypes and norms of the house music market, the South African house music community and its audiences have embraced her.
Holly is not your average entertainer. Her energy, vibrancy, tenacity and sheer ability to get people dancing is nothing short of amazing! Besides being gorgeous, Holly has an inner spark that people instantly connect with. It’s an indescribable connection through her music, which surpasses any social boundary and encourages people to get down and have a good time… all in the name of good music and good vibes. Holly’s presence as an artist can be described in one word “Charismatic”. She is loved wherever she goes. Holly has a “fierce” and uncompromising commitment to her vision as an artist. She contributes to the entire creative process. Having worked with the likes of Mondli Ngcobo (Koze Kuse) Aux Cable (Witness The Funk) Cuebur (Soul Candi), EM EX, Shota and Zakes Bantiwini, Holly is set to make a huge impact on the South African Music Industry. She is also focussed on building her brand and reputation as a musician on the African Continent. Holly is the real deal. As a House Artist who sings in isiZulu and English, she has massive appeal across all the spectrums ofAfrican audiences.
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