Kom­manda back from the trenches

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

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

Ntoa Lumela.

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