US RNB star prom­ises mem­o­rable show

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

GRAMMY award-nom­i­nated Amer­i­can Soul and RNB star, Syleena John­son ( pic­tured) has promised mu­sic fans the show of life­time when she makes her de­but ap­pear­ance in Le­sotho on 24 De­cem­ber along­side a star-stud­ded cast of lo­cal and African acts.

The singer, song­writer and ac­tress is billed to per­form at the 11th edi­tion of the an­nual Le­sotho Tourism Fes­ti­val (LETOFE) at Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage on Christ­mas Eve.

She will share the stage with lo­cal and con­ti­nen­tal heavy­weights such as Tšepo Tšola, Mookho Mo­qhali and Nthakoana Ngatane (all Le­sotho), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zim­babwe) and Mafik­i­zolo (South Africa).

Syleena de­buted on the mu­sic scene in 1995 when she col­lab­o­rated with her fa­ther, Syl John­son on the al­bum This Time To- gether by Fa­ther and Daugh­ter.

Her first solo project, Love Hang­over fol­lowed four years later and earned a record­ing deal with Jive Records. She has nine al­bums to her name and a duet al­bum with renowned Amer­i­can singer Musiq Souch­ild ti­tled 9INE re­leased in 2013.

Some of her big­gest hits in­clude I am Your Woman, A Boss, Per­fectly Worth­less and All Falls Down. Syleena has also gar­nered sev­eral nom­i­na­tions for the Grammy Awards, MTV Mu­sic Video Awards, BET Awards and Bill­board Mu­sic Video Awards among oth­ers.

She won the Best Fe­male Vo­cal­ist at the 2005 Chicago Mu­sic Awards, with her sin­gle Hyp­notic also win­ning her a Truth Award the same year.

Syleena this week told the Week­ender of her ex­cite­ment “to be com­ing over to Le­sotho as I had never heard of the coun­try be­fore the book­ing which makes me to greatly an­tic­i­pate the per­for­mance”.

“How­ever, no au­di­ence is to­tally new as we are the same peo­ple through­out the world and mu­sic lovers are ev­ery­where. One just needs to ap­peal to their hearts which is doable be­cause mu­sic is a uni­ver­sal lan­guage.

“I will per­form my pop­u­lar songs as well as in­tro­duce some new ma­te­rial whilst also do­ing some cool trib­utes. Over­all, peo­ple can ex­pect a very en­er­getic and soul­ful per­for­mance,” Syleena said.

She said the fact that she had never per­formed with any African artistes made her look for­ward to “hear­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mu­sic from the South African cul­ture and I would love to col­lab­o­rate with an artist from a dif­fer­ent cul­ture”.

Such is her an­tic­i­pa­tion that on Tues­day, she posted on Face­book page, “LE­SOTHO!!! Get your tick­ets!”

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