Ma­jisto un­leashes sec­ond al­bum

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

JAZZ and RNB sen­sa­tion, Ma­jisto has de­liv­ered his sopho­more al­bum which he says is meant to re­flect the strug­gles and as­pi­ra­tions of his com­pa­tri­ots.

The 12-track TOROFEILE was re­leased a fort­night ago, but is al­ready re­ceiv­ing a fair amount of airplay on ra­dio sta­tions cou­pled with pos­i­tive re­views from fans on so­cial me- dia.

Born, Lim­pho Makhetha in Moshoeshoe II, Ma­jisto was pre­vi­ously the drum­mer and back­ing vo­cal­ist for leg­endary Afro-jazz crooner Bhu­daza be­fore de­cid­ing to ven­ture into the mu­si­cal fray on his own.

In an in­ter­view with the Week­ender, he said the high­light of his ca­reer so far is win­ning the Vo­da­com Su­per­star Mu­sic & Dance Com­pe­ti­tion in the RNB cat­e­gory, which he fol­lowed up with the re­lease of his de­but al­bum SEMOMOTELA.

Ma­jisto said that grow­ing up in a mu­si­cal fam­ily and an early ex­po­sure to Jazz in­flu­enced the mu­si­cal route he ended up tak­ing.

“I fell in love with this in­dus­try be­cause mu­sic feeds the soul, up­lifts the spirit and is a spe­cial medium for pass­ing dif­fer­ent mes­sages,” said Ma­jisto.

“I re­ceived a lot of praise dur­ing my per­for­mances while play­ing for other bands, so af­ter the win­ning the Vo­da­com Su­per­stars com­pe­ti­tion, I thought it was high time I re­leased my own al­bum since I had the re­sources.”

In the new of­fer­ing, there is a dis­cernible in­crease in the tempo com­pared with the pre­vi­ous al­bum. He said the up-tempo style is meant to lighten up the mood for lis­ten­ers so they can dance.

“I de­cided to give fans a dif­fer­ent sound with an Afro Pop tinge while still pos­sess­ing those el­e­ments of Jazz and RNB that speak to the mind but also make the peo­ple dance,” Ma­jisto said.

“A large part of the al­bum deals with im­por­tant is­sues of life while the other tracks are sim­ply en­ter­tain­ing.”

Among the al­bum’s 12 tracks is MANTILATILANE which fea­tures Kom­manda Obbs, ‘M’e MOTSOALI in which Ma­jisto speaks of his love for his mother and MONAKALALI, fea­tur­ing song­birds Ma­pule Mo­siuoa and Mookho Mokose.

On the re­wards of the lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try, he be­moaned the very limited re­turns artists are get­ting for their work, and im­plored the new gov­ern­ment to en­act poli­cies that will as­sist the sec­tor.

“I ap­plaud the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment for re­mov­ing street ven­dors who used to pirate our mu­sic as we can now sell our CDS,” said Ma­jisto.

“I hope the new ad­min­is­tra­tion will work to­wards en­sur­ing we get paid ev­ery time our mu­sic is played on the air­waves.”

He also urged fel­low mu­si­cians to ap­ply them­selves more and en­sure they be­come brands since “if they don’t do it them­selves no one else will”.

“It takes hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to sur­vive in this dog-eat-dog in­dus­try,” Ma­jisto said, mat­ter-of-factly.

Ma­jisto per­forms in this file pic­ture and (inset) the cover of his new al­bum

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