The South Africa’s rising star Thelumusa “Tellaman” Owen was born and raised in Durban (K-Z-N). The development of his unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Growing up in a talented musical background meant that Tellaman was always surrounded by different forms of music and his parents exposed him to a wealth of music as a child, all of which influenced his development.
Tellaman is a self-taught amazing musician; he started doing music at the age of 15 years in 2006. Beat Making was his starting point after his mother had made him sing at church and home. In 2008 he decided to pursuit music as a career, and began writing and recording his own music at his bedroom studio.
As his confidence grew and his style developed, he soon began to showcase his talent to various venues across South Africa, playing at numerous gigs e.g. Club Boulevard, Delasol, 47th Avenue, Taboo, Bahamas and many more. His loyal following began to grow, and he became a popular local hit in Durban music scene. His talent with a variety of musical instruments only added to his appeal, and his unique sound with a twist started to find an appreciative audience.
Eventually Tellaman got to work with one of the biggest and respected dance labels in Africa SoulCandi Records. Right after, Tellaman got the opportunity to be part of the most anticipated compilation album to date (SoulCandi Sessions 15). This compilation album also features the likes of MoFlava (TV presenter and Metro FM Dj), Lulo Café (Metro FM dj), Cuebur and Hareal Salko. Tellaman’s disc titled “Ntsikelelo” (Disc 4 in SC Sessions 15) introduced a young, fresh and a different sound with hit singles like “Drinks and Music featuring Okmalumkoolkat”, “Intoxicated featuring Lastee” and more… In less than two months the album had been released, it reached the Gold status and it got nominated for the best compilation award 2015 (Metro fm Awards).
Tellaman has worked with many artists and producers locally and internationally e.g. Djeff Aforzilla (Angola), Pascal Morais (Netherlands), Rancido (Netherlands), Okmalumkoolkat (BoyZnBucks), Mindlo, Essential I (Native roots), Sotho Mafia, Beast, Aby Fab, Dj Kanunu (House Africa/Afrodesiamp3), Weird, Scelo Gowana (Touch Africa), Nana Atta (Universal Music), Duncan (Afrotainment/Sphethu), Lastee, Zakwe (Native rhythms/Sphethu), Dmalice (UK), Jonny Miller (UK), Cuebur (Soulcandi), Mustafa (Staff productions “Brazil”), Pro Kid, Dream Team, Professor (Kalawa), AKA, Mampintsha (Big Nuz/Afrotainment), Dream Team, Kwesta, Dj Clock, Manifest (Ghana) and many more. Tellaman’s music has been receiving amazing response and air play from countless radio stations and TV e.g. uKhozi fm, Metro fm, iNanda fm, Vibe fm, Gagasi fm, Yfm, Ikwekwezi fm, 5 fm, Chanel O, Mtv Base, SABC 1, eTV, Trace and many more. Tellaman’s also part of a brand/Company called Select_Play Music that has won the remix of the year award 2015 (Metro FM Awards), got nominated for the remix of the year award 2015 (SAMA Awards) for “Tsikitsi remix by Duncan featuring AKA, Mampintsha & Professor”, won the producer of the year award 2012 (OMAS), won the single of the year award 2012 (OMAZ) for “Leopard skin by Beast” and won the back to the city producers battle etc.
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