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Jan. 10, 2022

KABELO MASOABI

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Letšohla new album lauds Batlokoa clan

Letšohla new album lauds Batlokoa clan

Top local gospel music singer, Lebohang Letšohla

Story highlights

  • An educational artwork that narrates history of Batlokoa in an entertaining fashion
  • Veteran composer draws his lyrical content from the rich history of Basotho

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TOP local gospel music singer, Lebohang Letšohla who is also leader of famous famo music group, Sefako sa Menoaneng says he is overwhelmed by the massive reception his new album received during the festive season.

The much-celebrated album titled, Ba Fihla Batlokoa No: 8 and sub-titled Namo, was released two weeks into December.

It comprises songs that largely praise the Batlokoa clan.

“This is an educational artwork that narrates the history of Batlokoa in an entertaining fashion. As a Motlokoa, I speak of the journey that our fore fathers travelled from the neigbouring South Africa and their arrival in Qacha’s Nek before they went to settle in several other parts of Lesotho. The continuing story begins from my previous albums and is a master piece, ideal for those who find interest in the rich history of Basotho. A listener will learn and appreciate how we ended up having a strong bond with the Basia and the Bakholokoe clans,” the versatile musician says.

The veteran singer and song composer says he also draws his lyrical content from that opulent antiquity of his ancestors.

“Both my parents and four of my 12 siblings are late. Lately, my deceased father appears in my dreams and gives me directives on how to shape the lyrics of my songs. The concept of our ancestors is so real and should not be taken for granted.

“I remember in 2010 when I had decided to quit music to pursue other interests, I also wanted to let my children to take over the band, but my father appeared in my dreams and advised me otherwise. He convinced that it was not yet over for me and that with the talent I had, I was yet to shine,” he recalls.

Other songs in his new album which can be accessed on You Tube carry a storyline of contemporary lifestyle and one of the popular tracks is titled Beke le Beke. The number has become a regular on radio airwaves and at parties.  

Letšohla new album lauds Batlokoa clan

Lebohang Letšohla

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Another special track titled, Sesole, is dedicated to the national army for its bravery after a contingent of the force was last year sent to Mozambique to quell rebel uprisings in that southern African country.

Hailing from Leribe, Letšohla like many contemporary artists has not been spared from the challenges of music piracy and theft.

He says his technical team is currently busy removing his songs from unauthorised internet streams, from which unknown scammers have become beneficiaries of his hard work.  

Other hit songs from his previous albums include Khomo tse Kholo, Ke ikamohetse, Lejoe La Motheo and Nka Thaba Thabo.

Letšohla has also released several gospel and afro-jazz albums.

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