J-cob to re­lease de­but EP

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

TŠEPE rap­per J-cob will to­mor­row re­lease a six-track de­but ex­tended pro­ject ti­tled Sefi Mu­sic EP. Ac­cord­ing to the Beth­le­hem, South Africa-based muso, the EP would be avail­able at var­i­ous out­lets that pro­mote lo­cal tal­ent such as Topaz in Bloem­fontein and Club 4Fordy in Khu­bet­soana. J-cob said he would re­veal the other out­lets on his so­cial me­dia pro­file af­ter fi­nal­is­ing on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Pro­duced by Black Steel, the of­fer­ing con­sists of such tracks as Taba Kholo, Mathata a Le­fatše, Ntho Tsa Batho Ba Ba­holo and Hus­tle Up among oth­ers.

J-cob said af­ter re­leas­ing a slew of sin­gles over the years, he felt now was the time to give fans some­thing more.

“I de­cided to give fans of my mu­sic a broader spec­trum of my ca­pa­bil­i­ties through this pro­ject which car­ries dif­fer­ent mes­sages,” he said this week, adding that a full al­bum was in the works which would be re­leased at the end of the year.

“Each of the six tracks car­ries a dif­fer­ent mes­sage that will not only en­ter­tain peo­ple but in­spire them. For in­stance, Mathata a Le­fatše, talks about the set­backs we en­counter in life and how they push a per­son to­wards the end of his or her tether.” J-cob said he grew up in Maseru be- fore mov­ing to South Africa in 2014. He rose to promi­nence in 2013 fol­low­ing the re­lease of the hit sin­gle, Ke Teng, which re­ceived gen­er­ous air­play on the air­waves and in clubs.

How­ever, the Kea Pusha hit-maker said it was far from plain sail­ing when he re­lo­cated to South Africa.

“In Le­sotho, I had peo­ple like T-mech who would slot me in the shows they would be per­form­ing or or­gan­ised,” he said.

“When I re­lo­cated to South Africa, I had to do ev­ery­thing on my own and beg pro­mot­ers for a slot at their events and it was not easy be­cause they did not know me.

“I re­alised that al­though the South African mu­sic in­dus­try was more es­tab­lished, it was not easy to make in­roads. It is about who you know.”

J-cob’s break­through came when he caught the eye of pop­u­lar Lesedi FM pre­sen­ter Ba2­cada.

“Ba2­cada was im­pressed with my per­for­mance at his show called Tippy Toes in 2014 and that was my turn­ing point,” he said.

With Ba2­cada’s as­sis­tance, J-cob has man­aged to per­form at var­i­ous events in South Africa such as the Man­gaung Cul­tural Fes­ti­val last year, while in Le­sotho he rocked the Summa Feva last De­cem­ber and the BOLESWA In­ter­var­sity Games open­ing bash held at Thaba-bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage ear­lier this month.

“Mu­sic is not for the faint hearted but re­quires con­fi­dence and de­ter­mi­na­tion,” he said.

“In South Africa, var­i­ous artists have made a name for them­selves while play­ing their style of mu­sic, and I will not rest un­til Se­sotho mu­sic gets the recog­ni­tion it de­serves.”

Rap­per J-cob

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