Agony gives sneak peek of new album
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.