Mo­lapo signs for SA record la­bel

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LO­CAL singer and vo­cal­ist, Hla­soa ‘Nel Rivers’ Mo­lapo, re­cently signed for the South African en­ter­tain­ment com­pany Fu­sion Car­tel En­ter­tain­ment.

Fu­sion Car­tel is a mul­ti­di­men­sional en­ter­tain­ment com­pany that aims to ex­cel in the broader en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try through artiste man­age­ment, book­ings, host­ing events and gigs, mu­sic pro­duc­tion, video pro­duc­tion, and con­sult­ing ser­vices.

It seeks to pro­vide world-class en­ter­tain­ment ser­vices to a broad range of clients across the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity.

Mo­lapo is ex­pected to be at Fu­sion’s stu­dios in Cape Town, South Africa on 22 Au­gust this year to begin work­ing with the record la­bel.

The Maseru East-based mu­si­cian said his re­la­tion­ship with Fu­sion Car­tel be­gan af­ter they were in­tro­duced by a mu­tual friend who is based in South Africa.

“My friend, Itume­leng Mothobei, is cur­rently pur­su­ing a master’s de­gree in law (LLM) at North West Univer­sity in Potchef­stroom (South Africa) and she is cor­re­spond­ing with the Fu­sion Car­tel owner who is a law lec­turer,” Mo­lapo said.

“When the lec­turer learned that Itume­leng was from Le­sotho, he told her of his com­pany (Fu­sion Car­tel) and its in­ter­est in branch­ing into Le­sotho. He asked her to con­nect him with artistes from Le­sotho and she gave him my con­tacts.

“We started talk­ing three weeks ago and I sent them my songs as well as the on­line stream­ing links and they loved my soul­ful house sound.

He said they par­tic­u­larly liked the track, Face to Face which he re­leased last year along­side pro­ducer, Ka­belo ‘Brain­child’ Makote.

“They then emailed me the con­tract which I signed and emailed back last week and I will be fly­ing to Cape Town later this month. But then I am not sure whether I will be per­ma­nently based there or I will be vis­it­ing when we have record­ing ses­sions,” he added.

The Let The Heart Do The Talk­ing singer has been in the in­dus­try since 2014 when he was a fi­nal year law stu­dent at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho.

He started his mu­si­cal ca­reer as a vo­cal­ist for Roma-based INI En­ter­tain­ment. He has been fea­tured by rap­pers, Sadon, Bi­ble Verse, Her­mit Sage, Cyphic Black, Nuch and his brother OG S’killz be­fore launch­ing his in­de­pen­dent ca­reer along­side Brain­child.

He said the deal would help ex­pose lo­cal mu­sic on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

“I learned that Fu­sion Car­tel has al­ready branched out into coun­tries such as Botswana and Namibia with me be­ing their first sign­ing from Le­sotho. I see this is a ful­fil­ment of a dream of hav­ing lo­cal mu­sic recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally as they have said they will be sign­ing more artistes from Le­sotho.

“I was told I will con­tinue do­ing Soul­ful House when I get to Cape Town and hope­fully I will con­tinue work­ing with Brain­child,” he said, adding he had no in­ten­tion of giv­ing up his law prac­tice.

“I have mostly worked on help­ing peo­ple with deeds of trans­fers and the likes of com­pany reg­is­tra­tions and I in­tend to con­tinue do­ing that. I will have to find new clients if I move to Cape Town,” he said.

For his part, Fu­sion Car­tel’s Artiste and Re­la­tions man­ager, Deo Siyabonga Nkosi, de­scribed Mo­lapo as nat­u­ral ta­lent who need nur­tur­ing to re­alise his full po­ten­tial.

“We have been scan­ning the Le­sotho mu­sic scene for some time and our lo­cal agent in­formed us about Mo­lapo and also sent sam­ples of his mu­sic.

“He is a nat­u­ral ta­lent who needs to be nur­tured as his got an im­mense amount of creativity in his lyri­cal ma­te­rial and a unique sound we can work with.

“It is a long term part­ner­ship and we will be get­ting him into our stu­dios in Cape Town this month to work on an al­bum. We are look­ing at start­ing with the pro­duc­tion of a few mu­sic videos for his most re­cent hit sin­gle Face to Face,” Nkosi said.

He also re­vealed plans for Mo­lapo to stage live per­for­mances in South Africa in the build up to the re­lease of his al­bum, adding they would also want him to fea­ture other artistes from Le­sotho, Namibia and Swazi­land.

“We source our artistes from across South­ern Africa be­cause we be­lieve that the African tunes that flow from th­ese coun­tries need to be mar­keted and ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Le­sotho is one of the ter­ri­to­ries we are fo­cus­ing on in our en­deav­our to take our mu­sic to the con­ti­nent and cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where dif­fer­ent gen­res from dif­fer­ent so­cio-cul­tural set­tings are placed on the open mar­ket. We are look­ing for more ta­lent from the Moun­tain King­dom,” he said.

LO­CAL singer and vo­cal­ist Hla­soa ‘Nel Rivers’ Mo­lapo.

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