Kommanda back from the trenches
AFTER almost four years of hibernation, Hip Hop group D2AMAJOE’S founder Kommanda Obbs is bidding to reassert his dominance on the music scene with a newly-released single.
Titled Ntoa Lumela ( Bring the fight on), the song is the Maputsoe-born star’s way of reminding fans he is still their “commander” and they can still trust him.
“While people may interpret the title in a variety of ways, I am not evoking any beef or clash with anybody but simply making an artistic cry to Basotho that Kommanda Obbs still leads the musical army,” he said.
“The song speaks of the challenges that I faced along the way to get to where I am today and what kept me going since most people tend to be intimidated by challenges and despair along the way.”
The single, which also features the vocal talents of Mapule Mosiuoa and was produced by Jnr Sigh, is meant to instill confidence in Basotho and a token of appreciation for the way fans received his first offering Tšepe.
“The single will be available online for free download on Thursday and Friday (today and tomorrow) only,” said Kommanda Obbs.
“From there, it will be sold online through itunes and other mediums which will be announced soon. The reason is to encourage fans to buy music online as it is already done in other countries.”
Kommanda Obbs is a wordsmith who crafts thoughtful and socially conscious messages in his lyrics and one of the pioneers of Sotho-hop in the country worked very hard to popularise it in South Africa. Over the years, he has fostered relations with artists and promoters from SA such as Ba2cada and Tumi. Kommanda Obbs in Tumi’s single Hlasela Lithota which appears on his latest album Rob The Church.
According to Kommanda Obbs, his spent the years since the release of Tšepe in 2011 promoting Basotho music and culture in other nations.
“I believe Basotho can still remember that it is during my break that we held South African Hip Hop movements Cashtime and Motswako to a battle which had never been done before,” he said.
“The aim was to show that Basotho artists are at the same level as those from abroad, and only that we lack the platform and resources to showcase what we have.”
Kommanda Obbs also said Famo musicians are the only artistes in the country that are in an “industry”.
“Famo artists are the only few that can earn a living out of their music, so unless other musicians can be like them, they should not consider themselves part of the industry,” he said.
“There are a bunch of talented acts who allow promoters to exploit them by promising them exposure which does not pay bills, so they need to push their stuff until it pays them and stop relying on government or anyone to push them up the ladder.”
Ntoa Lumela will feature in Kommanda Obbs’ sophomore self-titled album to be released later this year. However, he said fans should expect a lot of singles and videos in between as the build-up to the official release gathers pace.
THE sleeve to Kommanda Obbs’ new single