All-white party to launch kwaito al­bum

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SOUTH African-based lo­cal artist Mot­latsi “Abuti” Makafane ( pic­tured) will launch his sopho­more al­bum with an all-white party in his home­town of Ha Pita on 3 Septem­ber 2016.

Ti­tled Ke o Sune, the 11-track al­bum in­cludes such tracks as Chelete and Africa among oth­ers and was pro­duced by Jack Mo­japela and J Khronic. The of­fer­ing also fea­tures the likes of Snash, Priv­il­lage and Im­mor­tal.

The launch event will be held in Lehlokoa­neng and fea­ture South African artists The Ted­dy­bears, Snash, Priv­il­lage, Ch­esa No Sika, Bud­dylove, Jon­ico, J Khronik along­side lo­cal acts Axsavelli, Im­mor­tal and Pman DJ among oth­ers.

From his Jo­han­nes­burg base, Abuti this week told the Week­ender the main theme of the al­bum was love.

“I love to preach the mes­sage of love. So, the al­bum speaks about my love for the African con­ti­nent and motivational mes­sages,” he said.

“I was born and bred in Ha-pita, and ev­ery time I get a chance, I come home to touch base with my peeps. It is there­fore only be­fit­ting that I launch this al­bum where it all be­gan with a stylish theme of an all­white dress code.”

Chron­i­cling his mu­si­cal jour­ney, Abuti said it all started in 1998 while stay­ing in Ma­put­soe. He was men­tored by rap­per Papa Zee but was un­able to record due to fi­nan- cial con­straints. Abuti said he later on gave up on mu­sic and went to school in South Africa.

“Af­ter many years stay­ing in South Africa, I met my for­mer school teacher (Jack Mo­japelo) in Gaut­eng who had opened a stu­dio, Mawada Pro­duc­tions, un­der which I am signed. He is the per­son who ad­vised me to get into the stu­dio and I re­leased my de­but of­fer­ing Thapelo in 2011,” he said.

The al­bum, Abuti said, did not fare well as there was no mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion frame­work. How­ever, the kwaito artist said he was up­beat on the prospects of his lat­est of­fer­ing since he took his time in pro­duc­ing it.

“I took my time work­ing on this al­bum as it took me close to three years to com­plete it. I have es­tab­lished re­la­tions with both South African and lo­cal pro­mot­ers as well as artists. So I believe with the guid­ance of the Almighty God and the sup­port of my fans, the al­bum will do well,” he said.

“The Maseru launch will be fol­lowed by a tour of Le­sotho, South Africa and Botswana where I have es­tab­lished re­la­tions in part­ner­ship with Jon­ico Ko­bela Pro­duc­tions.”

Abuti is be­hind the South­ern African Mu­sic Fes­ti­val which hosts artists from Malawi, Botswana, South Africa and Le­sotho.

The pi­lot edi­tion of the fes­ti­val was held last Oc­to­ber at Club De Fasto in Ha-matala. Sub­se­quent edi­tions will be held in the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries.

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