ZIMBABWEAN singer TK Paradza has made a career breakthrough after becoming a member of New Zealand’s most-hyped new boyband.
The six-member Titanium was put together after a nationwide talent search by the record label, Illegal Musik, in collaboration with New Zealand’s second biggest radio station, The Age.
TK, real name Takudzwa, scored relative success with his single, Mr Liar, which received national radio play in New Zealand but a record deal remained elusive.
Now the 27-year-old has signed for Warner Brothers New Zealand as a member of Titanium which also has members Zac, Haydn, Andrew, Shaquille and Jordi.
TK said: “It’s been such a long road trying to step foot into the music industry and I’m finally one more step in!
“I could go on a big speech about it but I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who voted, supported me, came to my gigs, became friends with me, dated me... every single one of you played a huge role in me getting to where I am and being the better person I am today.”
After being put together, Titanium were flown to a luxurious boot camp at a New Zealand resort where they were introduced to their new headphone, wardrobe and fitness sponsors.
The band also did an acoustic cover of Jason Mraz’s ‘I Won't Give Up’. They also recorded their new single ‘Come on Home’ which is due for release on September 7, together with the video.
A statement by Illegal Musik said: “Over the last few months, we’ve been scouring the country in search of an all male boy band.
“Our initial thoughts were to pull together a group of four or five guys to make the group but we had so much talent come through it wasn’t going to be as easy as we thought. Last week we had 10 finalists make the final round and by Thursday that was down to seven.
“We had to axe the group down a few more members but by 3AM Friday we still hadn’t finalised our decision. By 6.40AM, we made the hard decision of letting one go and decided to have a group of six members.”
Titanium - I Won't Give Up (Jason Mraz Acoustic Cover)