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Lungi Naidoo & Holly Rey on music and interracial dating on #MyTop10At10

By Zuko Komisa
 
House music queens Lungi Naidoo & Holly Rey recently joined Tbose for My Top 10 at 10 to talk music, life, and interracial dating.

The Music Industry

Holly Rey’s inspiration arose from his love for Afro music through his uncle who was a music reviewer, this meant there was always diverse music she heard growing up. This year she became the First female to win a Song Of The Year nod at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) Award winner in 20 years for her song “Deeper” producer by Mondli Ngcobo. She says she connected to her fan throughout the country, doing meets and greets at over 54 shows.
 
“The Award marks a shift in the industry from my perspective, not only am I an independent artist, and the first female in 20 years, the youngest artist to win this award. When I found out I was the first women in 20 years, I was very sad… I think that it’s all changing that’s positive about it all.”
 
Both from Kwa-Zula Natal the two shared fond memories of their days in the province. An appreciation of music, they started early dazzling the crowd with through music.
 
Lungi Naidoo shared her story about her break-up with her record company, and how she started her journey as an independent artist.
 
“As an artist, you want to grow, you want to keep growing. South Africa is very small, yet the industry is huge, there is Africa, the UK & USA. When I started as an independent artist I did everything on my own… then I asked myself what next?” speaking about her decision to sign and how it went South she expressed gratitude to her family who was very supportive during his separation with his record label.

Interracial Dating

Holly Rey spoke about the reality of interracial dating and how it has become normal to date outside the race line. Coming from a mixed family with a younger sister of color her experience with the intersection of cultures has shown her the sad reality of racism in South Africa.
 
“The problem with racism is that it’s a disease, you can’t be cured, you need to be rehabilitated… You can’t shout at someone and expect them to change, you need to rehabilitate them.”
 
Lungi Naaido who was raised by both an Indian father and a Black mother says there is still a long way to go for people in South Africa to accept who people choose to love. “It’s sad that even today when we see a black and white couple today, we catch feelings. Especially if its a young black girl with an old white man,” she says.
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