Cho­co­late Soul takes on ‘ma­ture’ sound

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

RE­FILOE “Cho­co­late Soul” Thoahlane says he is con­tin­u­ing with his mu­si­cal evo­lu­tion which has cul­mi­nated in a fu­sion of hip hop and tra­di­tional sounds.

The Maseru-east mu­si­cian and pro­ducer was bit by the mu­si­cal bug at the age of 14 with his stock in trade be­ing Hip Hop. Over the years, how­ever, he has ex­per­i­mented with var­i­ous gen­res such as House with his Dream Lights com­pi­la­tion be­ing well re­ceived among mu­sic afi­ciona­dos.

In an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week, Cho­co­late Soul re­vealed that he re­cently re­signed from his day job as a lec­turer at a ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion to fo­cus on his mu­sic ca­reer. The muso said he keeps re-in­vent­ing him­self to ap­peal to dif­fer­ent mar­kets.

“I take breaks in-be­tween ev­ery pro­ject I em­bark on and I al­ways try to re­turn in a dif­fer­ent way,” he said, adding that he would now take a more “ma­ture” drift.

“My new style was greatly in­flu­enced by Ntate Tšepo Tšola and Le­bo­hang Letšohla (Se­fako Sa Menoa­neng) who told me to make my sound more ma­ture so that it has more uni­ver­sal ap­peal.”

Cho­co­late Soul said his new sound com­bines Hip Hop with dub­step and Famo.

“I am work­ing on the sec­ond sin­gle, Ngoana Lapeng, which is more tra­di­tional than the first sin­gle Marena a Mararo as it has el­e­ments of Monyanyako.

“I also want to go be­yond the Ko­ri­ana and record such in­stru­ments as Mamokhorong and Le­siba live. I will be work­ing with Ntate Tšepo Tšola and Se­fako Sa Menoa­neng on some tracks and those are the only two I can re­veal as I have al­ready con­firmed with them,” he said.

Cho­co­late Soul also re­vealed he would be re­leas­ing sin­gles on a two-monthly ba­sis “to get peo­ple used to the sound be­fore the ac­tual al­bum drops”.

He said the songs would not be shared for free online as most lo­cal artists nor­mally do but will be avail­able on ap­pli­ca­tions which al­low sub­scribers to pay for tracks such as Trax­source and itunes as well as Vo­da­com Le­sotho’s Ring Back Tones when it is launched.

re­filoe “Cho­co­late Soul” Thoahlane.

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