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Gospel music is my calling: Ntlama

Lerato Matheka

MASERU — Makoanyane Ntlama is a young man with big dreams.

At 21, Ntlama already has one album under his belt which was produced in December last year.

The album is called Tšepo Eaka which means my hope.

And hopeful he remains over his fledgling musical career.

Speaking to Xpress People on Friday, a soft-spoken Ntlama said gospel music was his calling.

He says his music is directed at the youth who seem to be “living in sin”.

“My music is targeted at young people who seem to be living their lives in sin,” Ntlama said.

“I am not being judgmental but I have seen young people who want to repent but fear devoting their lives to God. My music tells them that with God there is no loneliness.”

He says the 12-track gospel album had done quite well on the local market.

“It was an amazing feeling when people told me they wanted my album after hearing my demo.

“I then sacrificed my study time to record on weekends and during the independence holidays.

“I pushed to finish recording so that the album could be out in time for the festive season,” Ntlama said.

Ntlama said he managed to sell 50 copies in five weeks.

“I managed to sell 50 copies within five weeks. That is a huge achievement because it takes a long time for people in Lesotho to buy music,” he said.

Ntlama said the journey towards musical stardom has not been easy.

He said he began his music career in 2006 when he and five of his peers formed a group called Hot Guys.

The group never managed to record anything, he said.

“The group suffered a still-birth because we couldn’t find anybody who could help us get in the studio.

“We were also young and clueless about how the industry works.

“But I knew music was my calling so I decided to find a comfortable genre and gospel felt like home,” Ntlama said.

In 2009, Ntlama said he managed to produce a two-track demo which was quite popular with his fans.

He paid tribute to his mother who raised him single-handedly.

“I am the only child and was raised by a single mother who is by my side all the way.

“We have a very healthy relationship and she has supported me from the time I wanted to be a pop star until now.

“This keeps me strong and motivates me to strive to be one of the best,” Ntlama said.

He is currently waiting for his Cambridge Overseas School Certificate results.

He said his “journey” will be much clearer after he gets his examination results.

The Thaba-Bosiu born musician said he has a very close relationship with God and “believes all his success is through his grace”.

He is a member of the Lesotho Evangelical Church choir in his home village.

He said his biggest experience was when he performed at Ladybrand Gospel Festival early last year.

He also shared the stage with popular South African gospel musician Solly Mahlangu at Harvest FM anniversary celebrations last year.

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