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Interview and video: Sasha-Lee Davids

2009-07-14 21:39
Sasha-Lee Davids
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Davids was in town to promote tvplus' brand-spanking new photo soapie, Bay City. Here is what she had to say:

Tell us what you're doing in Port Elizabeth...

It's the tvplus launch [of the new photo soapia Bay City], so I'm here, performing. We had this little thing at the mall today where I sang but tonight's the big event, where I'll be singing as well.

What has the road after Idols been like for you?
Idols lasted, I think, four months. I was up in Joburg, away from my family: that was so hard, because I've got nine siblings. To be away from that much family is a bit hard, but I went through with it.

Idols was awesome. I learnt such a lot. I didn't know what genre of music my voice suits best, but that's what I found out in Idols, because of all the themes we had every show. I learnt a lot and all of that made me such a stronger person. I can tackle anything now.

How were you received in your hometown, Atlantis, after your success in Idols? Were they proud of you?
You know, my mom called me [the day after the Idols results were first announced] and she said: "I'm getting you at the airport". When I got there, I swear it was the whole Atlantis there waiting for me, banners and everything. They were so proud, because Atlantis is a small place and when someone rises up to achieve something it's just a big, big thing to the whole community.

And how would you say a night out in Atlantis differs from one in, say, Cape Town?
There's not much to do in Atlantis. When you go out you basically just go to 7 Eleven, to go buy something... (laughs) No, in Atlantis you just drive around and go visit friends and things like that.

When I go out to Cape Town, I go to the Waterfront - my favourite place, my second home - go out there, take a walk, go to the beach. There's a lot of stuff to do in Cape Town. What I've been doing now is just going out to clubs and performing there.

You say Idols helped you find your sound. What is the Sasha-Lee sound?
I can't actually say because I like all types of music. But I do think that what I did best on the show was Leona Lewis type stuff, contemporary pop music, so that's what my album will be... but let's not talk about my album, let's keep it a surprise.

All I can say is: expect the unexpected. I don't think that people will think that it's me on this album.

With Michael Jackson's passing, do you feel his life and music meant anything to you as an artist?
I've always been a Michael Jackson fan.

I actually caught the first news of his death. You might not believe me, but someone called me out of America, when he wasn't dead yet, and said that the guy was in hospital. I switched on the TV and watched the news and then I saw the headline that he'd died.

I actually watched the memorial, which was actually the first time that I'd cried like that for a star that I'd never even met before. I always said that if I there's one person that I want to meet, it's Michael Jackson. Well, it's not going to happen but definitely he is the most entertaining person ever.

Sasha-Lee Davids isn't like most popstars. Not only did she have to beat the competition figuratively, she literally had to triumph over thousands of other singers to become a South African Idol. We caught up with her before another quality performance in Port Elizabeth.
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