It s a case of a chip ’ off the old block

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Sunday World - - News - MOSA MOKHEMA

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.

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