Agony gives sneak peek of new al­bum

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

POET and rap­per, Se­vere Agony, has given fans a fore­taste of his forth­com­ing al­bum, which he says urges Ba­sotho to be pa­tri­otic and pur­sue their dreams among other themes.

The nine-track de­but al­bum, ti­tled Ther­apy Ses­sion, which he said will be re­leased in a few weeks, is meant to re­store hope for dream­ers and en­cour­ag­ing them to keep the faith un­til they make it in life.

Se­vere Agony was born Paul Ma­tia in Nazareth, although he is now based in Naleli Seka­ma­neng. He is the first to ad­mit that it has been a tough road to star­dom with the rap­per stat­ing un­equiv­o­cally “the mu­sic in­dus­try is not for the faint hearted”.

How­ever, hard­ship had not de­terred him from en­cour­ag­ing the youth to pur­sue their dreams.

“I am in­spired by po­etry. The first time I fell in love with writ­ing was dur­ing a po­etry class in high school and the in­spi­ra­tion de­vel­oped into lyri­cal con­tent I could not run away from,” Se­vere Agony said in an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week.

The sto­ries of the ex­ploits of Martin Luther King and Shaka Zulu spawned a sense of hero­ism I por­tray in some of my songs.

I dis­cov­ered that, through po­etry, the spo­ken word can make or break a life.”

He in­sists that his mu­sic is di­rected at ev­ery one and not just the young.

“My mu­sic tack­les is­sues that af­fect every­body; be it the per­son hus­tling in the street sell­ing ap­ples or a lawyer car­ry­ing their brief­case look­ing for a client. I like to think of my songs as the type that awak­ens the mind.”

Since 2006, Se­vere Agony has been part of the arts move­ment, Art­form Af­fil­i­ates, which is un­der the Sham­rock En­ter­tain­ment sta­ble. He will soon re­lease the sin­gle Sweet Dreams fea­tur­ing song­bird, Linkeng.

sotho out­side the coun­try as well as those from other cul­tures.

“Through th­ese ef­forts,” added Se­goete, “Ba re e ne re strives to sup­port Ba­sotho writ­ers in pub­lish­ing their works so that lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences can en­joy the unique sto­ries Le­sotho has to of­fer.”

“It is ded­i­cated to cul­ti­vat­ing an ac­tive pub­lish­ing in­dus­try in Le­sotho and en­cour­ag­ing a stronger and more wide­spread tra­di­tion of read­ing amongst Ba­sotho.”

She said since the cul­tural move­ment’s re­vival in Septem­ber 2014, they had been work­ing hard to en­sure Ba re e ne re evolves be­yond be­ing merely an an­nual fes­ti­val by for­mu­lat­ing other ac­tiv­i­ties to be held through­out the year.

“We have since in­tro­duced writ­ing con­tests, a book club and an in­no­va­tive Se­sotho dic­tio­nary project,” Se­goete said.

“We have plans for other ini­tia­tives as well this year in­clud­ing equip­ping li­braries in Le­sotho with books and train­ing as well as or­gan­is­ing an ad­di­tional writ­ing con­test based on our dic­tio­nary project.

“We will also pub­lish sto­ries from our au­di­ence and, of course, host the 2015 edi­tion of our fes­ti­val. All th­ese are ef­forts to pop­u­larise read­ing and cre­ative writ­ing in Le­sotho and shar­ing the uniquely Ba­sotho sto­ries to peo­ple far and wide. We be­lieve the im­pact of th­ese ini­tia­tives will be huge for our coun­try.”

POET and rap­per Se­vere Agony.

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