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Famo artiste depicts current affairs in song

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MASERU — Born Khethang Hlalele in Qomo-qomong, Quthing, and simply known to his fans as Morusu, the hot Famo musician is taking the genre to greater heights, in the process marketing Lesotho to other nations.

“My inspiration for music was influenced by the sound of Ntate Motsamai from Quthing. The musician taught me how to play an accordion, which led to me joining the industry in 2008,” Morusu told XpressPeople in an interview this week.

His music passes different messages both about the good happening in the country and the vices plaguing the nation.

His aim is to familiarise Famo fans with  current affairs through songs.

This lyricist recorded his debut album Morusu No.1 in 2009, through the help of Mosotho Chakela, which won him a South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) for the best Sesotho album.

His next album Morusu No.2 (recorded under Lekhotla la Marumo Music Centre) added to his achievements yet another trophy, a South African Music Award as the best Sesotho album, whilst also bringing forth to his trophy chamber a certificate of appreciation from SATMA.

Morusu said he is very proud of his prizes and the recognition Lesotho’s music is getting.

“I felt honoured to be the representative of my country in South Africa and bringing home an award. This has really proved that my music is making a positive impact on the outside world and Famo music has grown,” he said.

Morusu has a career spanning three studio albums being Morusu No.1 to Morusu No.3 (recently released), together with DVDs of his first two albums.

He has diversified his sound by incorporating Kwaito star Stlofa in one of the songs Nozipho, in which the artiste talks about the apple of his eye whom the track is named after.

His advice to the new kids on the block and aspiring musicians is that greatness cannot be achieved overnight, but hard work pays off. Morusu urges upcoming artistes to focus on their career rather than the much-anticipated monetary returns.


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