Kom­manda Obbs to drop EP

Lesotho Times - - Week­ender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

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.

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