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German-based Mosotho artiste recalls career path

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Mohalenyane Phakela

 

MASERU — It is not every artiste who goes global, but Kali Green’s music has transcended Lesotho’s borders. Born Thabiso Mokheseng in Khubetsoana 25 years ago, Green is making it big in Germany. He adopted the Rastafarian music style which he uses to pass messages of equality that resonate with all human beings. Green is a composer, producer, songwriter and a reggae/dancehall recording artiste who joined the music industry in 2002 inspired by his brother Mpho (Acemanne) who was a rapper.

“We formed a Hip Hop group Darklisted with a friend Bokang Nku which was later joined by Mojalefa, Alex and Mpho. The spirit of doing music was fuelled by the duo Lefate (Stlofa and Damario) who introduced us to their producer who recorded our first material.

 

“With this passion growing within me, I then build my own studio where I recorded the likes of Stlofa, Damario and Febric, to name a few,” Mokheseng told Xpress People in an interview on Wednesday. Green began to develop his own style in 2005, kickstarting his reggae career. “I did Hip Hop because it was the genre that was causing hype around the globe at that time. I only started dancehall and reggae influenced sound during my studies of Sound Engineering at Damelin in Bloemfontein, producing Dancehall under the name Mo Fire.

 

“I then furthered my studies at Cape Audio College (Cape Town) where I fell in love with the German beauty Tanja Becker. We then moved to Berlin after we completed our studies.” Reaching Germany, Mokheseng met the Jamaican producer known as Daddy Freddy – the world’s fastest rapper and original Rasta sound system culture veteran – under which he released a vinyl courtesy of Lionsdensound Records that features the hit single Hard Working (featuring Panda Dub).

 

“This became the highlight of my career as I landed the opportunity of performing in various festivals like the Rootsbase Fusion Festival, even shared the stage with American rapper Dead Prez. I have been networking with producers from around the globe and even recorded some material under an American label King Dubbist Records.

He added: “I do not think too much about the industry because I am more focused on my creativity. My music caters for those people who are concerned about the well being of the human race.”

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