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SA Famo show to foster peace


Mohalenyane Phakela

SOUTH African-based Mosotho producer, artist manager and Gospel singer, Jerry “Doglander Dee” Madubela, is set to host a show featuring Famo artists in SA’s Free State Province to help them make inroads in the country and also foster peace among them.

The 30 May show, to be held at Moemaneng Community Hall in Maquart, is being organised by Doglander Dee’s Spring Lights 1307 entertainment outfit. Among others yet to be confirmed, it will feature Mabotsa Ka Ntoa Moorosi, Li Manaka Lia Hlaba Litjotjela and Condom.

Born in Khubetsoana “in the early 90s”, Doglander Dee has been working tirelessly to promote local artists in South Africa through Spring Lights 1307— an outfit which serves as a platform for most music genres.

With over 10 years in the music industry under his belt, he rose to fame after working with Dunamis in producing the album The Glory and the Streets, which featured the banger Stay Fly in 2011.

Speaking to Xpress People from his Johannesburg base on Friday, the versatile musician said the initiative was inspired by his desire to promote Famo artists in South Africa in general, and the South African Traditional Music (SATMA) award nominated Mabotsa Ka Ntoa Moorosi in particular.

“I have worked with Famo artists such as Moruru who won the SATMA award in 2009 and South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2012,” said Doglander Dee.

“I am currently in the process of promoting those artists who are yet to make a mark here in SA.

“Mabotsa Ka Ntoa Moorosi is one of a few artists who has been working hard to promote their music and was nominated for the Best Sesotho Album in the SATMA awards to be held in July.”

He said the event would be one of many to expose SA audiences to Mabotsa Ka Ntoa Moorosi’s music so they can then vote for him in the SATMA awards. He also urged Basotho to support their compatriot.

“This will not be a single Famo show but will be part of a series of events held between South Africa and Lesotho,” Doglander Dee said.

The shows, he said, are also meant to advocate for peace among Famo artists.

“The aim is not just promoting Lesotho musicians but to bring peace among them, especially Famo artists, as some of them kill each other indiscriminately.

“We urge all local and international businesses to join in this struggle by any means possible. This plea also extends to all Famo artists, pastors and gospel artists to lend a hand.”

He further revealed that he was spurred into action following the tragic demise of close friend and musician, Tšepo Maliela, who was shot in Westonaria, SA in March at the tender age of 23.

“Since his death, we are still yet to come to terms with his untimely passing since we cannot avenge his death by killing the perpetrators,” Doglander Dee said.

“All we can do is to leave it all in the hands of the Almighty. Tšepo may be gone, but his legacy will remain as we will continue to release his recorded music.”

The tragic event ultimately resulted in Doglander Dee not releasing his sophomore album, Ananias, in March as previously scheduled.

However, the muso reassured fans that the compilation would hit the market “soon”.

Meanwhile, he also said that Spring Lights 1307 would launch female rapper, Blaze Shutter Queen’s debut album, Khutsa, in August.

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