Sam speaks unity in lat­est al­bum

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

GOSPEL crooner, Lisema “Sam” Roe­lane says his lat­est of­fer­ing is meant to en­cour­age Chris­tians to unite re­gard­less of de­nom­i­na­tions since they all wor­ship one God.

The South African-based artist re­leased a 12-track al­bum ti­tled Ke Ntse ke Rapela last month which res­onates around the theme of unity.

Sam told the Week­ender this week the al­bum em­pha­sizes that believers wor­ship the same God from the first track to the last.

“For in­stance, the first track Kereke sim­ply states that all churches are the same be­cause we pray and wor­ship one God who is the cre­ator of ev­ery­thing,” he said, adding that the al­bum also fea­tures tracks such as Ke Lumetse, Konyana and Moloki Waka among oth­ers.

“The main mes­sage of the al­bum is that we are all God’s chil­dren and don’t need to dis­crim­i­nate against one an­other be­cause of our var­i­ous de­nom­i­na­tions.”

Sam said the dif­fer­ences over de­nom­i­na­tional doc­trines had also cre­ated di­vi­sions within fam­i­lies.

“Some fam­ily mem­bers now hate each be­cause of the dif­fer­ent doc­trines they fol­low, yet we are one in Christ.”

Nar­rat­ing his mu­si­cal jour­ney, Sam said it all started dur­ing his days as a herd-boy, with his skills later on honed af­ter join­ing a com­mu­nity choir.

Af­ter re­lo­cat­ing to Wit­bank, South Africa in 1980 where he worked in the mines, Sam launched his de­but al­bum, Moshe, in 2004.

This was fol­lowed by Matla Mo Khu­mamela (2005), Haba Mpotsa Tshepo Yaka (2006) and Kena le Molisa in 2008.

Sam is a mem­ber of the Zion Chris­tian Church (ZCC) which has a great in­flu­ence on his mu­si­cal style.

“My mix­ture of in­stru­ments and vo­cals is greatly in­flu­enced by my ZCC back­ground. I write and com­pose my mu­sic,” he said.

De­spite be­ing in the in­dus­try for over a decade, Sam said he had strug­gled to dis­trib­ute his mu­sic un­til re­cently when he signed with South African sta­ble, Modisa Mu­sic, un­der which his lat­est of­fer­ing was re­leased and dis­trib­uted.

“As a per­son work­ing in the mines, I did not know how I could mar­ket and dis­trib­ute my mu­sic since I did not know the chan­nels to fol­low,” he said.

“I would just pay for stu­dio time and not know what to do af­ter record­ing.

"I was just driven by pas­sion to con­tinue mak­ing mu­sic.”

Sam added: “I met Modisa Mu­sic owner, Aubrey Diphoko, last year as I was about to my lat­est al­bum. He was a life­saver be­cause, for the first time, I saw my al­bum in a mu­sic store and also did a ra­dio in­ter­view.

“Fi­nally I feel I am go­ing some­where with my ca­reer and I be­lieve now I can be able to reach out to many Chris­tians and preach to them the gospel through song.”

SAM (cen­tre) and his back­ing vo­cal­ists dur­ing a per­for­mance - File Pic.

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