Kommanda Obbs to drop EP
TŠEPE music exponent Kommanda Obbs is set to launch his extended project (EP), Keteu, at 4Fordy in Maseru on the 28th of October at a show which will feature guest performances by local and South African acts.
Keteu (loosely translated to mean the sound of the bell) is Kommanda Obbs’ first EP offering since he signed with South African stable, Native Rhythms, in October 2015.
He released his first single Tau E Rora (a roaring lion) under the stable in February which proved to his fans that although he migrated to South Africa, his sound remained that of a ‘commander’ still determined to instil confidence in youths to tell their African stories.
“The EP carries the same message about the struggle that artistes go through to gain recognition and financial benefit for their work with hard-hitting lyrics,” Kommanda Obbs said, adding that “Tšepe is a metaphor we use to refer to the rough journey”.
“Our heritage is very rich and just needs to be packaged and presented in a marketable way, so what I am currently doing is fusing our traditional with the modern style. The sound has not changed, just that I am now doing it on a bigger platform,” he said from his base in Randburg, South Africa.
Born Obatia Chapi, the Maputsoe wordsmith shot to fame with the release of his 2011 debut studio album, Tšepe.
The album did well locally and in South Africa and saw the Tšepe style become a movement which is still embraced in the two countries.
He also mentored the group, D2amajoe, who achieved popularity with their patriotic tracks Nalane and L’afrique Frontiers.
“Keteu is the re-introduction of Kommanda Obbs and I believe it represents growth for it has been well received on different media.
“Some think I have been silent since releasing Tšepe in 2011, but I have been contributing to other artistes’ development, for instance, D2amajoe, who are now established artistes
“I am still a man whose mission is to grow the Sotho sound and take it to the rest of the world. People focus on destinations and forget to celebrate the obstacles they overcome throughout the journey hence Tšepe,” he said.
Keteu boasts seven tracks in total which include Ke Tauoe Fu featuring Stogie T (Tumi), Hona Mona featuring Reason and Zakwe, Lebotha, Gauteng featuring Tasman and the title track featuring Majuka.
“Each track carries a different message with an African influence. Ke Tauoe Fu portrays the African way of celebrating an achievement; Hona Mona tells a story of how art started in Africa and will end here while Lebotha and Gauteng carry the message of the continuing struggle.
“I have some verses in English which will be a surprise to some for they have never heard me “spit” in any other language besides Sesotho.”
There will be supporting performances from local acts such as Tšepe Motopela, Leomile, Meloh, Jiji F, Dallas T, Majuka and Palycetra.
South Africa will be represented by Andrianto, J Cob, Weza, Horus Tha God, Sneiman, Bosco Afreeca, Mthinay Tsunam and Cuebana Da DJ.
The video of the launch will be released soon afterwards.
TŠEPE music exponent Kommanda obbs.