Thapelo, Gino Lee, LGBTQIA+, single, Caught Up, love

Thapelo has teamed up with Gino Lee to create an anthem for same-sex relationships. Image: Supplied.

‘Love has no gender’: Thapelo, Gino Lee team up for new single

For his debut single, Thapelo has teamed up with Gino Lee for a single all about same-sex relationships. A true Pride Month anthem.

Thapelo, Gino Lee, LGBTQIA+, single, Caught Up, love

Thapelo has teamed up with Gino Lee to create an anthem for same-sex relationships. Image: Supplied.

It’s Pride Month, and local singers Thapelo and Gino Lee just dropped their brand new single to celebrate. As they say – “love has no gender.” Give it a listen.

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Fresh from his own broken relationship, the songwriter was experiencing a whirlwind of emotions at the time and decided to put pen to paper. Teaming up with the renowned singer and producer Gino Lee, Thapelo has composed a powerful new song titled Caught Up. It’s got all the feels and serves as an anthem for same-sex relationships.

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and a newcomer to the South African music scene, the singer is coming in guns blazing with a beautiful pop / RnB track and the message that ‘Love has no gender.’ He describes the song as somewhat of a cathartic process and says he believes music is a form of therapy.

Thapelo, Gino Lee, LGBTQIA+, single, Caught Up
Have you seen Thapelo and Gino Lee’s brand-new single? Image: Supplied

“I was in a relationship with someone I loved deeply. It was that ‘I’ll do anything for you’ kind of love. I gave everything I had but got nothing in return. I knew I was fighting a losing battle to a point where I was having sleepless nights,” Thapelo explains.

Knowing the relationship was toxic, he finally built up the courage to leave. Through this song, the singer hopes to create awareness that people of the LGBTQI community experience love and long-lasting relationships like everyone else.

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For Thapelo, the writing process was deeply personal. “I write about my personal experiences, but the music speaks to similar experiences that others can relate to,” he says.

“There are still many people who don’t understand the concept of homosexual relationships, but we also fall in love and enter into committed relationships. We go through the same challenges that heterosexual people do.”

But the song is definitely not only aimed at the LGBTQI+ community. It is a song for everyone, as love is all-embracing.

While this is the debut single for Thapelo, the novice brought in seasoned musician Gino Lee to sing on the track, taking the song to new heights. When asked why he decided to work with Thapelo, Gino says, “Thapelo is such a gifted artist. His passion for his craft and his next-level songwriting ability is what drew me in. Not to mention, he has an insane voice!”

The song, recorded two years prior, has been a long time in the making. Sonically, the music is very soothing and infectious. Gino describes it as “a soulful RnB pop jam indicative of 90s RnB.”

“I’ve always loved that genre,” Gina explains.

Gino explains what the song means to him: “This song is about taking back ownership of your life and independence after a breakup. I hope this song empowers people to be okay in their vulnerability and to realize that when these things happen and they’ve been hurt, that it’s ok. It’s all a part of the healing process and a path towards closure.”

Thapelo concludes, “Being here and having achieved one of my long time dreams means so much to me. I cannot wait for the world to hear more of my music. Also, this is just a message to everyone who feels invisible, unheard, and unseen, know that ‘you matter and your worth is more than you realize, and there is nothing wrong with you.’ Remember to always live your truth because who you choose to love doesn’t make you any less of a human.”

Watch the video here

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