FILIPA – captivating singer and songwriter

Singer-songwriter FILIPA is releasing her new single, No Words. The artist is hoping that the new track follows in the footsteps of the last one, Do Something, which caught the attention of listeners and critics as far as the US and Europe and charted in the SA Tops, reaching the number 3 spot in the Jacaranda FM Top 20.

As always, this song brings you a transparent FILIPA, as she speaks about the captivating chemistry that can exist between two parties in love and have no need for words to express their feelings. However, this time around, FILIPA also exudes a certain degree of sensuality, which may or may not surprise you, but is tastefully portrayed. 

No stranger to the spotlight, FILIPA experienced worldwide success after winning an international Ryan Seacrest cover song competition for her rendition of One Direction’s Story Of My Life. The contest catapulted her to instant stardom in South Africa and gave her a global platform to focus on releasing her own original music. She released her debut single, Chills, on to rave reviews and later the song Little White Lie, which quickly climbed the iTunes and South African radio charts, landing in the top five on 5FM and the top twenty in Jacaranda FM in 2016.

She started traveling to New York and Los Angeles to work with various accomplished producers and songwriters, most notably, platinum-selling songwriter, Pam Sheyne (best known for Christina Aguilera’s global hit, Genie in a Bottle), who has worked with FILIPA for the past several years and has been instrumental in helping her craft her stories into great pop songs, such as Do Something. 

FILIPA hopes to continue captivating SA audiences, while still having her sights on the international market, and particularly the US, where she has released Good Behavior, I’d Rather Be Single and 7th Floor. 

FILIPA‘s real life experiences are also her musical gift. She has the ability to tell her stories in a real and raw way that is relatable, unashamed and authentic. 

What makes her unique is that she pushes herself past pop predictability, crafting her own lane of“transparent pop” that gives her the freedom to speak her mind through her songs. She works very closely with her co-writers and producers, getting very involved throughout the entire process of every project.

Driven and determined, she has not only been working hard at her craft, by writing for Sync Licensing and learning from experts and fellow artists, but also at her studies: last year, during the COVID pandemic, she became a graduate of Harvard University’s Extension School. 

Q & A with FILIPA:

Congratulations on your new single “No Words”, please share with us what the
song is about and what it means to you?

Thank you so much! “No Words” is about the intense chemistry that exists between two people and literally needs no words to express their feelings. I wanted to capture the experience and sensuality of such a connection through body language and eye contact. Its meaning comes from an authentic and personal place.

Please tell us a little bit about your songwriting process?

I often start with a concept in mind. As I like to write from personal experience, I usually get into studio knowing what I want to write about. The concept then dictates what direction the melody and production go in. However, the concept usually starts with voice notes I record on my phone or little notes that I take down.

What are some of your female artist inspirations?

Barbra Streisand has always been a big inspiration— her voice and presence are just magical. I also truly admire Taylor Swift as a songwriter. I love how unique her writing is and how emotionally gripping it is.

If you could give advice to any woman entering the music business, what would it

Do not compare yourself to other artists. It’s so taxing on your mental health and self-esteem to be in the music industry, which is extremely competitive. The pressure (be it about what you look like or how skilled you are) to be perfect is very heavy. If you keep comparing yourself to other artists, you will most likely lose your own unique style and focus less on what matters — the music.

We heard Tell us a little bit about your career and how you started?

I’ve been singing since I was a child and knew then that music was the career I wanted to pursue. After graduating from high school I started posting covers on Youtube and that jump-started my career. One of my videos was discovered by and I ended up winning a cover competition. From there I released my first single and the rest is history.

What is your favourite thing about what you do?

I love collaborating with other songwriters, producers and artists. It’s always such a special feeling to be able to create music and connect with others. I always learn so much and grow, of course. The social aspect of it is also very important.

What is your best career highlight so far?

I would say definitely winning the cover contest. I think it opened up so many doors in my career and was what catapulted me into the industry.

Tell us a little bit about why you love Cape Town – The host city for FAME Week

Cape Town is an absolutely beautiful city with amazing people, amazing sights and delicious food! I’m an ocean lover, so that is a big bonus!

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