Tachma

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Tachma is an artist from South Africa. Born and raised in Limpopo. Her humble beginnings starting in two places, the willows village (di thabeng tša bapedi) and Phalaborwa. A daughter of the Bakone tribe she feels deeply connected to her roots, a source which she draws inspiration for her music from.

In 2011, an encounter with Mr Machimane a local musician hero from her province led her into playing guitar and sing. Tachma had approached the retired musician at his small market one morning back in Limpopo. The previous night she had had a daunting dream of her playing music. The old man dearly listened to her dream and translated it as a calling. Right there and then he taught her how to play three chords on his own guitar. Tachma embraced it with so much enthusiasm and on that same day penned her first song with him entitled Ke wena (It's you). The now late Mr Machimane immediately knew he had found a prodigy. He was to teach her all he knew about music business and advised her to migrate to the big city where she could find more opportunities in pursuit of her dream. Mr Machimane himself had spent years in Johannesburg recording and busking on the streets of this vibrant metropolis.

Armed with a navy blue Crescendo acoustic guitar, Tachma found herself in 2013 busking on the streets of Gauteng. One day while doing her daily busking another guardian angel was sent to her. A man had approached her saying that day she was to perform on the train Gautrain. Without hesitation she was all for it. They commuted from Leralla Railway Station until Park Station. She wowed the commuters and they showered her with accolades many telling her not to give up her dream. She has never looked back. She took a seven year hiatus to raise her child but still continued writing and playing for her child whenever she could. Upon returning she could be heard entertaining tourists in Soweto on Vilakazi Street which lead her being featured in a video by South African tourism.
This year brought her what might be her biggest break. A Florida, USA based record label MUDA Royal Records have signed to produce an album with her and their media partner Afro Renaissance TV Networks are to do a docu-drama series based on her life. It will feature Tachma playing herself as a young talented musician struggling to make it in the big city. This is to be filmed in Johannesburg and Limpopo.

Tachma is a great spiritual soul with raw musical talent. A voice of a generation waiting for her moment to be heard by the rest of the world.

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