Let Me In, the debut full-length CD release from South Africa’s favorite sons Khalil, features harmonious rhythms, intelligently naughty lyrics, and some of the tightest production work to come out of any South African studio. Produced by Ziggy and featuring Aluta, Ill Scientist, and Capsolys, some of South Africa’s hottest rappers and singers, the album’s first single, “Reed Dancin’,” hit # 1 on South Africa’s FM Top 20 in 2004. Khalil also teamed up for the album with British hit songwriter Adrian Zagoritis, a member of the exciting Pig Factory production team that has produced songs for Britney Spears, Anastasia, Celine Dion, and Usher, among many others. Let Me In has sold over 50,000 copies, earning the CD platinum status in South Africa.
Formed in 1995, Khalil (the name means “a friend” in Arabic) comprises members Tshepo, B-King, Kay, and J of K. Each band member has his own vibe and vocal style, giving the band its unique sound. “What makes our live performances interesting to watch is that our different personalities are reflected on stage,” says J of K. “Every person in the audience finds a character with whom they identify.” All four members were born and raised in Temba, Pretoria, and grew up in the church.
Khalil’s first big break occurred when they were discovered by Carl Eaton, the owner of Intyme Management Company (managers of South African stars Mandoza and Enny Smith). In 2000 the band released their debut EP, Khalil, featuring the smash hit “Mama Said,” which quickly made it to Chart Breaker of the Week and #25 on YFM’s Top 100 singles for the year. The EP also spawned the hit single “Feel the Vibe” (featuring Loyiso), which was on Metro FM’s Local Top 20 for more than 12 weeks. The following year the group was nominated for two Metro FM awards for Best Duo/Group and Best R&B;, and were featured in Cosmopolitan and Drum magazines, among others.
In 2005 Khalil signed to the David Gresham Record Company, South Africa’s biggest indie label. In May of that year Khalil’s first single for the new label, “Tell Me How You Feel,” was released as the lead single for the massively successful Big Black Presents Love Stories Book 1 album.
Khalil has performed with international jazz and R&B; superstars such as Kenny Latimore, Chanté Moore, Erykah Badu, and George Duke. In 2005 the group was nominated for two South African Music Awards, for Best R&B; and Best Joined Composition.