MASERU — Makebe Ntlama, aka Ghetto, is to release his debut hip-hop/gospel/jazz album early next year.
The Maseru-born crooner told Xpress People he is working on his first music project, titled Over The Wire, scheduled for release in January 2010. The 13-track album, he said, is mainly hip-hop “but with gospel and jazz features”.
“The album is about God’s word and my life experience. It is going to pass a whole lot of information to the people,” he explained.
The singer says he has two favourite tracks — Mosali oa lota and The Story — on the new album.
“Mosali oa lota and The Story are my favourite songs … I feel strongly about them. I like The Story because it talks about HIV and Aids and creates awareness about the disease, while Mosali oa lota motivates people not to look back but to carry on,” he said.
Ghetto said he performs with a dancing group called Wall Dancers and is very optimistic of the album’s chances on the market.
Ghetto, who hails from Nazareth in the capital, joined the music industry in 1999 while performing with T Squad, a group made up of young men from around Maseru.
“We used to be invited to perform in different parts of Maseru, but the group broke up in 2004 and each one of us went solo.”
Apart from the album, Ghetto — a first- year student at Lesotho College of Education, pursuing a diploma in primary education — also performs at Good Times restaurant on Thursday evenings.