Exclusive Interview: Rose On Her New Album And Rise To Stardom!

She says her difficult journey to stardom sent her mom into depression.

By  | Sep 11, 2020, 10:28 AM  | Abdul Khoza  | Top of the

Talented House vocalist Rose Nkau, has finally dropped her much-anticipated debut album titled Rose On A Ranch. The album which Rose creatively named after her humble upbringing and growing up in a ranch and her distinct bravery in music was released on Friday.

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The album drops hot on heels following the release of her much acclaimed singles Morena and The End. The beauty takes us on a diverse journey with her versatile songs and lyrical range that gets us groovy on the dance floor, expressing our heartfelt vulnerability and tapping our feet to some gospel tunes.

Rose who was discovered by Prince Kaybee and singned under his label, says working on this album was a steep learning curve, but it was exciting. 

"It was  exciting and it was a new thing for me. I discovered who Rose is, and it was one of the things I've always wanted to achieve, so working on it was really not easy because I come from the North West province, and I had to travel long distances to get to the studio and record."
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The beauty says she had to travel to the Free State province, to record her album, because Prince Kaybee used to reside there. Rose says it only got better when she moved to Johannesburg because she was near the studios.

The singer says her album has been receiving rave reviews from her legion of fans, which makes her happy. Her unique, soothing, attractive and husky voice blends in perfectly with the message she is sharing in her album R.O.A.R.

"They love the album, they are constantly telling me that they are proud of me and they have always supported me," she adds. Rose started working on her album in 2017 and she utilized the lockdown period to work on her album.

The singer says she decided not to have features on her album, because she wanted to be her own body of work

"I worked with Prince Kaybee who produced it,i also worked with DJ Thukzin and Dr Tools, who is a pianist. I wanted to focus only on Rose, and I wanted the world to see what Rose can do and tap into my childhood so that they can know how I grew up and where."

The release of R.O.A.R is the display of her perseverance, hard work and always an
affirmation to youngsters in her village and beyond and an epitome of a Kgosigadi, translated as Queen, at heart with a great purpose. When she is not singing, you find her in front of a canvas creating intriguing and imaginative artwork

She says growing in a rural area she did not have the luxuries, and she had to accept everything she was given and she had to be creative with whatever you touched or got.
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"Growing up there It sparked my creative side, it was not easy and it helped me attain the skills I have," she explains.

Rose was raised by a single parent after her father passed away when she was 5 years old. The North-West native says she has three siblings 2 younger brothers and sister

 "My mom is an unemployed single parent, growing up with a mother figure she taught us a lot because she had a tough childhood." She says being the eldest is tough because they look up to her.

She says she was a smart kid at school and she always wanted to give underprivileged hope that they can be anything they want.

 "I though after high-school I was going to study music and dance because I always wanted that but because of financial constrains my mom said she does not money and the money she had saved she used some of our savings."

She says this did not discourage her and she decided to study Electrical Engineering, and she went to live with his uncle who assisted her "Prior to my N3 I had to think and I was not happy with the field I chose and I told my uncle that I'm going to give you the end results you want."

She says her uncle was not disappointed but instead, he said she can study part-time and focus on her music.

Rose says her mom has always been her number one fan even though she was worried about her not landing her big break and said she must quit music.

Rose says her mom went into a kind of mild depression because things were not coming to light in her career.

"She is doing good now, you know when you are a single parent and your child is the eldest and chooses a career that you didn't think it would be possible for them to pick. Throughout my journey she has always bee there and she has seen me struggle and that affected her it sent her into a mild depression."
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She says she had to sit down with her and to tell her she is fine. Rose says one of the challenges she has encountered in the industry, were people promising to help her but wanting money or to sleep with her.

"We come across a lot of challenges and meeting people that have always promise you the world but they want something in return, you meet people who want to help you with your music but if only you only sleep or give me, we meet a lot a of sharks who wants to destroy."
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Rose says she is grateful to have been discovered by Prince Kaybee who is a great mentor and pushes her to work hard.

The musician who also has a beauty-related business says the lockdown period has also affected her in terms of her music bookings and not being able to meet with her clients.

Asked about her plans for the year, she says she wants to promote her album more.

Image Credit: Afrik-Musique.