More honours for the Vil­lage Pope

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LEG­ENDARY Afro Jazz mae­stro, Tšepo Tšola, has been hon­oured with a Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the 14th an­nual South African Metro FM Mu­sic awards, held in Dur­ban last Satur­day.

The Tey­ateyang-born mu­si­cian, af­fec­tion­ately known as the “Vil­lage Pope”, has a ca­reer span­ning over 40 years and is re­garded as one of the best artists of his gen­er­a­tion.

In an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week, Tšola said the award came as a pleas­ant sur­prise.

“I was shocked when it was re­vealed that I would be hon­oured as a life-time achiever in the South African mu­sic in­dus­try since the or­gan­is­ers are very good at keep­ing the win­ners list a se­cret,” said Tšola.

“The Life­time Achieve­ment Award is not one you get by nom­i­na­tions but by merit through hard work.”

Le­sotho’s finest mu­sic ex­port joined the in­dus­try in the early 1970s and be­came the front man of the popular Le­sotho Afro Jazz band Sanko­mota. With Tšola’s grav­elly voice, the group churned out hit af­ter hit, to which gen­er­a­tions sang along and danced.

In its for­ma­tive years, Sanko­mota was led by gui­tarist, vo­cal­ist and ar­ranger Frank Leepa, with Tšola as the lead vo­cal­ist, and com­poser, Moss Nkofo (drum­mer), Black Je­sus (per­cus­sion), Moruti Se­late, and Pitso Sera (gui­tar) among oth­ers.

As the group rode the crest of a two decade wave of suc­cess, they re­leased such popular tracks as Now or Never, Bakubeletsa, Papa, Con­fu­sion and Pain, Stop The War, Fruits of Your Toil and the Se­sotho folk song Obe.

Tšola would later on col­lab­o­rate with other artistes, with his duet with the late Afro Pop sen­sa­tion Brenda Fassie among the stand­out of­fer­ings.

The song, Boipa­tong, was a call for peace at the height of skir­mishes be­tween the African Na­tional Congress and Inkatha Free­dom Party in 1992.

He said the recog­ni­tion from the Metro FM Mu­sic awards was a re­sult of hard work and per­se­ver­ance dur­ing his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, adding that it was well de­served.

“Forty five years in the mu­sic in­dus­try is not child’s play,” he said.

“I be­lieve hard work and ded­i­ca­tion have paved the way for my suc­cess.”

Tšola said he hoped to in­spire his com­pa­tri­ots to work harder to at­tain suc­cess.

“Hard work, har­mony and hum­ble­ness have their re­wards,” he said.

“I, there­fore, urge Ba­sotho to put their heart and soul in their en­de­vours.”

Although this is the Beu­lah Land hit­maker’s first Metro FM award, Tšola al­ready has a num­ber of awards un­der his belt which in­clude the SATMA, Leg­ends Award and an­other Life­time Achieve­ment Award from Ul­ti­mate Mu­sic.

Tšola also re­vealed that he is cur­rently work­ing on his tenth solo al­bum, de­tails of which he re­fused to di­vulge ex­cept to say it would be re­leased in Au­gust.

“The new of­fer­ing will be a sur­prise,” he said, chuck­ling.

LEG­ENDARY Afro Jazz mae­stro Tšepo Tšola.

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