It s a case of a chip ’ off the old block
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IT’S a case of like father, like son when it comes to actor Jerry Mofokeng and his son Lerato.
Mofokeng is big in the theatre, TV and movie scene, but his son has ventured on to a different path of the arts.
Lerato (27), or Larry Soulo to those who have come across his work, chose music instead of following in the footsteps of his award-winning thespian father.
With his signature squint, Mofokeng has been part of the biggest film and TV productions in South Africa for the past 20 years.
Larry Soulo, who had his foundation cemented at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School, said he had dabbled in acting, but music is part of my DNA
He has worked as a session musician with Tuks Senganga, JR and Kabomo.
A proud Mofokeng said he admired his son’s resilience.
One thing that characterised Lerato throughout his schooling and music career is his diligence.
With time, people will see that he is not one of those microwave stars, he is a long-haul artist who crafts his work wholeheartedly,” he said.
Larry Soulo, a classically trained pianist and vocalist, joined forces with Tshepo Sekele a year ago to form the old-school funk” band Throwback.
Strangers at first, the two started the band after years of nagging from their mutual musician friends, who thought that their combined skills would create a newer and fresher unique South African” sound.
Bassist and producer Sekele said: Just like in the magic days of Brenda Fassie and the Mahotella Queens, we want to give our audiences the opportunity to listen to live, feel-good music without using DJs. Live instruments offer a different type of magic.
Sekele (31) has produced gold and platinum status albums for popular artists such as Lira, Unathi Msengana and Nothende.
He toured for five years with Lira as her bassist and music director, and was a co-producer on all three of her albums.
I’ve paid my dues. Producing hits for other people started to feel a little monotonous.
I felt it was time for me to be part of a movement that will allow me to exploit my talents and introduce people to new-age old-school funky music, that is well-crafted and cuts across most genres in South Africa,” said Sekele.
The band’s first single, House Of Music, has had airplay on Kaya FM.