Cape Town diva Salome Damons says she is stretching herself as a musician - and can now add rap to her repertoire.
The powerhouse vocalist vannie Mitchells Plain released her new single on Heart FM on Wednesday.
Salome says the song, called SureFire, made her step out of her comfort zone.
“I was not going to rap on the song as I’ve never rapped before,” she tells the Daily Voice.
“So, when the album is out, I want to take on a different market and attract a younger crowd.”
SureFire is the first single off her new album, but the album won’t be out for Christmas.
Salome says she is in no rush to complete the album and expects the process to take a further two months, as “I am very finicky when it comes to who’s writing songs for me”.
Collaborations on the album are with Can Skylark and Ebrahim Mullam.
“We started working on the single seven months ago,” says Salome.
“I asked the writers to give me something different.
“I went through a bit of a dip in the music industry and I was on the verge of giving it all up.
“So, they gave me this song. SureFire has some powerful lyrics and you will understand when you listen to it.”
Salome raps: “When I step on stage, I get one thousand likes on my Facebook page, hair so large the size of the ass of Nicki Minaj.
“Don’t get it twisted you know my name, no flash in the pan, I’m still in the game.”
Salome does not see herself as the next Minaj but says she wanted to challenge herself.
“I think that is why it took so long to complete the song - I had to listen to it over and over until I was satisfied and said: ‘Okay, we can release it.’”
She hopes her fans will like it as she has received “mostly positive vibes around it,” she adds.
SureFire comes on the heels of her hit single Keep it Together, which reached No.1 on Heart FM’s local Top 10 as well as its international Top 40 charts.
SureFire is available on all digital platforms including iTunes and Google Play.